Thursday’s high schools: Frontier boys hoop pulls away from Easthampton
Paul Decker of Frontier, top right, and Shy Torres of Easthampton, front, go after a loose ball Thursday in Easthampton. Ryan Hoar is in the background.
Peter Watroba of Frontier, front, looks to pass as Chris Starcum of Easthampton applies pressure Thursday in Easthampton.
Niko Ames of Frontier, left, moves the ball against Kevin VanOudenhove of Easthampton Thursday in Easthampton.
Peter Watroba of Frontier, left, shoots against Kevin VanOudenhove of Easthampton Thursday in Easthampton.
Ryan Hoar of Frontier, left, and Chris Starcun of Easthampton reach for a rebound Thursday in Easthampton.
Tim Hoar of Frontier, left, and Dakota Wheeler of Easthampton reach for a rebound Thursday in Easthampton.
Shy Torres of Easthampton, right, pressures Ben Ruddock of Frontier Thursday in Easthampton.
Chris Starcun of Easthampton, left, Ryan Hoar of Frontier, center, and Tim Hoar of Frontier reach for a rebound Thursday in Easthampton.
Senior Paul Decker scored a career-high 23 points to lead the Frontier Regional boys basketball team to a 58-38 road victory over Easthampton on Thursday night.
Peter Watroba added 17 in the win for the Red Hawks (3-2, 3-2 Hampshire West), who outscored Easthampton 23-6 in the fourth quarter to turn a three-point game into a rout.
Chris Starcun had 19 points to pace the Eagles (4-3, 2-3 Hampshire East).
Amherst Regional 54, Commerce 39 — The Hurricanes (3-2) received a double-double from Noris Cuevas-Nova as they moved over the .500 mark with an independent victory in Springfield.
Cuevas-Nova had team highs of 12 points and 19 rebounds, with four steals and a pair of blocked shots.
Tom Cook, James Sowers and Isaac Siegel all scored eight points off the bench for Amherst. The trio led the ’Canes to a 16-6 run in the second quarter as they took an 11-point advantage into the half.
Ware 72, Holyoke Catholic 57 — Jeff Laprade scored 20 and Nathan Golob added 17, but the Gaels (0-6, 0-1 Bi-County South) fell on the road in their league opener.
Cathedral 4, Newburyport 1 — Adam Mercer of Belchertown stopped 23 of the 24 shots he faced as the Panthers won the championship game of the Cape Cod Freezeout Thursday.
Peter Crinella had a hat trick and an assist in the victory for Cathedral (5-1), winners of five games in a row.
Frontier 58, Easthampton 38
Red Hawks (3-2, 3-2 Hampshire West)
T. Hoar 0-1-1, Watroba 6-4-17, Talbot 0-0-0, Hickey 0-0-0, Ames 0-0-0, Ruddock 1-0-3, R. Hoar 3-1-7, Pickunka 1-1-3, Decker 8-2-23, Tillona 2-0-4. Totals: 21-9-58.
Eagles (4-3, 2-3 Hampshire East)
Hughes 0-0-0, VanOudenhove 2-0-6, Torres 0-0-0, Wheeler 3-0-8, Palaschak 0-3-3, Brandt 0-0-0, Fickett 1-0-2, Starcun 6-7-19. Totals: 12-10-38.
Frontier 5 20 10 23—58
Easthampton 9 11 12 6—38
3-pointers: Frontier 7 (Decker 5, Watroba, Ruddock), Easthampton 4 (VanOudenhove 2, Wheeler 2)
Amherst Regional 54, Commerce 39
Cuevas-Nova 4-4-12, Carey 3-0-6, Siegel 3-0-8, Jackson 0-0-0, Sowers 3-0-8, Farah 2-0-4, Snyder-Fair 0-2-2, Johnson 0-0-0, Cook 3-2-8, Hird 0-0-0, Bixby 3-0-6, Cuffee 0-0-0. Totals: 21-8-54.
Red Raiders (3-2)
Wilson 3-0-6, Collins 0-2-2, Cruzado 1-2-5, Marrero 4-3-11, Brunson 3-4-10, Hudson 2-0-5. Totals: 13-11-39.
Amherst 10 16 13 15—54
Commerce 9 6 13 11—39
3-pointers: Amherst 4 (Siegel 2, Sowers 2), Commerce 2 (Cruzado, Hudson)