Thursday high school results: Amherst Regional boys basketball upsets defending state champion Central
James Sowers of Amherst drives through the arms of Central defenders Thursday in Amherst. Purchase photo reprints »
Justin Carey of Amherst, left, shoots against Josh Malone of Central Thursday in Amherst. Purchase photo reprints »
Fahmi Farah of Amherst, right, moves the ball against Juan Williams of Central Thursday in Amherst. Purchase photo reprints »
Isaac Siegel of Amherst, right, shoots against Central defenders Chris Baldwin, left, and Cody Williams Thursday in Amherst. Purchase photo reprints »
Noris Cuevas-Nova of Amherst, center, moves the ball between Central defenders Cody Williams, left, and Max Nievas Thursday in Amherst. Purchase photo reprints »
Tom Cook of Amherst, top, shoots against Kamari Robinson of Central Thursday in Amherst. Purchase photo reprints »
Justin Carey of Amherst, right, moves the ball against Kamari Robinson of Central Thursday in Amherst. Purchase photo reprints »
Noris Cuevas-Nova of Amherst, right, moves the ball against T.J. Smith of Central Thursday in Amherst. Purchase photo reprints »
Sparked by the return of Noris Cuevas-Nova, the Amherst Regional boys basketball team knocked off Central at home Thursday night.
Cuevas-Nova, who missed the two-game Pioneer Valley Tip-Off Classic last weekend for personal reasons, returned to the lineup Thursday. The senior guard scored a game-high 22 points as the Hurricanes earned a 61-54 over the defending state Division 1 champions.
“Noris’ return is a big reason for this,” said coach Jim Matuszko, whose team went 0-2 at the Cage during the Tip-Off. “He brings so much energy to the court. Everyone feeds off his energy.”
Justin Carey added 13 points, while Isaac Siegel finished with nine points and six steals. Malik Ford had seven blocks for Amherst (2-2).
Kamari Robinson had 19 points for Central (2-1), while Chris Baldwin added 12.
“Our focus was on shutting down Kamari and Baldwin,” Matuszko said. “Kamari got 19 points, but they weren’t easy for him. He had to work for every point he got.
He added, “We wanted to be more aggressive and physical than we were at the Cage, and we were.”
Northampton 55, Sci-Tech 52 — The Blue Devils (3-1) overcame a 16-point deficit in the third quarter to earn the home victory.
Jake Ross scored a game-high 15 points and grabbed seven rebounds for Hamp. Connor Roach had 14 points and seven boards, while Aidan Hirsch added nine points.
Northampton did not allow a 3-point field goal in the contest and outscored the Cybercats 17-6 in the final quarter.
South Hadley 82, Chicopee 79 (2OT) — The Tigers (3-1) went on a 26-9 run in the fourth quarter just to force overtime, then emerged victorious in the second extra period.
Griffin Fitzell led all scorers with 26 points for South Hadley, while Avon White was right behind him with 25. Evan Marcus added 11 points in the win.
Granby 66, Gateway Regional 46 — The unbeaten Rams (5-0) raced out to a 13-point lead after one quarter and withstood a second-half rally by the Gators (0-6) before pulling away on the road.
Andy Gifford led Granby with 15 points. Jesse Molin had 14, while Andrew Williams, Colton Duxbury and Brandon Cloutier added eight apiece.
Curtis Dowers equaled Gifford with 15 points and Calvin Dowers had 10 in the loss. Both Curtis Dowers and Ryan Fisk grabbed six rebounds.
Smith Academy 70, Easthampton 38 — Mat Sulda led all scorers with 25 points while adding five rebounds and four assists as the Falcons (3-1) rolled at home.
Keith Natale had 16 points, five boards and four blocks for Smith.
Seaver Rickert (six points) pulled down a team-high 15 rebounds, while Derek McMahon added eight points, seven assists and five steals.
Chris Starcun (13) and Dakota Wheeler (10) reached double digits in points for the Eagles (4-2).
Belchertown 60, Ware 52 — Three players had double figures to lead the Orioles (3-2) back over the .500 mark with the road win.
Tyler Verville led the way with 18, Zach Parsons had 15 and Eric Adzima added 10.
Hampshire Regional 55, Holyoke Catholic 30 — The Raiders (2-2) outscored the Gaels (0-5) by a 31-6 margin after the game was tied near the end of the third quarter.
Shane Andrews scored a game-high 22 points, while Brendan Bzdel added 11. Both had six steals as Hampshire forced 32 Catholic turnovers. Connor Cronin had a team-high 13 rebounds to go with seven points.
Greenfield 56, Frontier Regional 46 — Peter Watroba scored a team-high 18 points but the Red Hawks (2-2) fell at home.
Quinn Hickey added 10 for Frontier. Ryan Hoar had six rebounds and Niko Ames five boards in the loss.
Pioneer Regional 56, Hopkins Academy 53 — Brett Morrison posted a game-high 18 points for the Golden Hawks (1-4, 0-4 Hampshire West) in the narrow loss in Northfield.
Zach Kelley had 16 points for Hopkins, while Matt Pipczynski added 11 in defeat.
South Hadley 3, Chicopee Comp 1 — The Tigers (3-2, 3-0 Wright) scored twice in the third period and bounced back from consecutive losses with the victory at Fitzpatrick Rink.
Jeff Beauregard had a goal and an assist in the win, while Nick Watkins and Jake Knowles added a tally apiece. Evan Sullivan assisted on a pair of goals.
Devin Hoagland picked up the win in goal with 15 saves.