Neighbors finally meet as Northampton shuts down Hopkins Academy

  • Michael McCarthy, center, of Northampton, controls the ball under pressure from Hopkins Academy’s John Earle, left, and Braeden Tudryn, Friday at Hopkins Academy. GAZETTE STAFF/SARAH CROSBY

  • Northampton’s Jaeden Johndrow goes in for a shot as defender John Earle looks on, at left, Friday at Hopkins Academy in Hadley. GAZETTE STAFF/SARAH CROSBY

  • Northampton's Michael McCarthy, center, passes the ball under pressure from Hopkins' Jonathan Morrison, left, and Justin Ciaglo Dec. 15, 2017 during a boys basketball game at Hopkins Academy in Hadley. At back, Northampton's Javonte Grant, left, Hopkins' Justin Butterfield and Hopkins' John Earle look on. —GAZETTE STAFF/SARAH CROSBY

  • Hopkins' Caleb Graves, left, goes after the ball controlled by Northampton's Jaeden Johndrow Dec. 15, 2017 during a boys basketball game at Hopkins Academy in Hadley. —GAZETTE STAFF/SARAH CROSBY

  • Northampton's Diego Corrada-Mattei, center, passes the ball under pressure from Hopkins' Braeden Tudryn, left, and Jonathan Morrison Dec. 15, 2017 during a boys basketball game at Hopkins Academy in Hadley. —GAZETTE STAFF/SARAH CROSBY

  • Hopkins defender John Earle, left, tries to block a shot by Northampton's Jaeden Johndrow Dec. 15, 2017 during a boys basketball game at Hopkins Academy in Hadley. —GAZETTE STAFF/SARAH CROSBY

  • Hopkins' Jonathan Morrison, right, tries to keep the ball from Northampton's Anthony DeJesus Dec. 15, 2017 during a boys basketball game at Hopkins Academy in Hadley. —GAZETTE STAFF/SARAH CROSBY

  • Hopkins' John Earle, right, tries to move past a Northampton defense Dec. 15, 2017 during a boys basketball game at Hopkins Academy in Hadley. —GAZETTE STAFF/SARAH CROSBY

  • Anthony DeJesus, center, of Northampton, goes in for a shot under pressure from Hopkins Academy teammates Braeden Tudryn, left, and Justin Ciaglo, Friday at Hopkins Academy in Hadley. Northampton won 59-41. Visit gazettenet.com for more photos. GAZETTE STAFF/SARAH CROSBY

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Published: 12/15/2017 11:42:34 PM

HADLEY — The first game in recent memory between Hopkins Academy and Northampton had a rivalry atmosphere Friday night.

The gym was packed, the student fan sections went back and forth, and play on the floor was physical.

Northampton’s size and depth proved to be too much for Hopkins as the Blue Devils won 59-41.

“We have been scrimmaging each other for a while,” Northampton coach Rey Harp said. “We are familiar. We’ve taken pride in watching them win championships. They have a really good program.”

The move from Division 1 to Division 2 for Northampton made the game possible. When it comes to the Walker postseason ratings, a Division 2 team will not be hurt as much as a Division 1 team playing a Division 4 team.

“This year now that we are Division 2 it made all the sense in the world,” Harp said.

Northampton (3-0) jumped on the Golden Hawks early with disruptive, swarming defense.

A steal and a two-handed dunk for Andy Grygorcewicz set the tone for the Blue Devils early in the first quarter.

Grygorcewicz had nine points in the first and added 10 rebounds and five blocks while defending Hopkins’ Jon Morrison.

It was the first home loss in three years for the Golden Hawks (2-1).

“They get you out of your comfort zone,” Hopkins coach Angelo Thomas said. “I am not upset that we lost. That’s a good team. They help you learn what you need to do better.”

Hopkins did not get run out of the gym, but after a slow start simply couldn’t get back in the game on a cold-shooting night.

“If we had shot a little better tonight it would have been a seven- or eight-point game,” Thomas said. “But we will watch the film and get better.”

Both Caleb Graves and Braedan Tudryn played football with Northampton, but their former teammates on the field were opponents on the court.

“It made it that much more fun,” Graves said. “The competitiveness was great. I liked it.”

A loss to the Blue Devils didn’t feel different, outside of one aspect for Graves.

“I just know I am going to hear about it,” Graves said.

Tudryn said playing his football teammates had its advantages.

“It was different in a good way,” Tudryn said. “They are good guys and bring the best out of you.”

Northampton’s on-ball defense from Henry Doherty and Ben Pion made things very difficult on John Earle, who is one of Hopkins’ leading scorers.

Pion added 10 points with two 3-pointers. Mike McCarthy played his best game of the season, leading the Blue Devils with 12 points.

McCarthy got to the rim, used an up-and-under move and even stepped back for a jumper.

Earle shook loose for 18 points, mostly making difficult shots over outstretched Northampton hands.

Northampton’s size helped neutralize Morrison, who had to work hard near the rim for buckets. Morrison finished with 12 points.

Justin Ciaglo, who averaged 23.5 points through the first two games for Hopkins, was held scoreless.

Jaeden Johndrow and Anthony DeJesus both had seven points for the Blue Devils.




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