Division 4 boys basketball: Drury holds on in slugfest with Hopkins Academy

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  • Braeden Tudryn of Hopkins Academy, right, shoots against Dante Woodson, of Drury, Tuesday, Mar. 3, 2020 during the Western Massachusetts Division 4 semifinal at Curry Hicks Cage. —STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Jack Feltovic of Hopkins Academy, left, shoots against Louis Guillotte, of Drury, Tuesday, Mar. 3, 2020 during the Western Massachusetts Division 4 semifinal at Curry Hicks Cage. —STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Jack Feltovic of Hopkins Academy, right, passes against Dante Woodson, of Drury, Tuesday, Mar. 3, 2020 during the Western Massachusetts Division 4 semifinal at Curry Hicks Cage. —STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Ryan Antes of Hopkins Academy, center, shoots against Tim Brazeau, of Drury, Tuesday, Mar. 3, 2020 during the Western Massachusetts Division 4 semifinal at Curry Hicks Cage. —STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Andrew Ciaglo of Hopkins Academy, front, passes away from Ben Moulton, of Drury, Tuesday, Mar. 3, 2020 during the Western Massachusetts Division 4 semifinal at Curry Hicks Cage. —STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Colin Earle of Hopkins Academy, right, passes over Louis Guillotte, of Drury, Tuesday, Mar. 3, 2020 during the Western Massachusetts Division 4 semifinal at Curry Hicks Cage. —STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Braeden Tudryn of Hopkins Academy, right, moves the ball against Louis Guillotte, of Drury, Tuesday, Mar. 3, 2020 during the Western Massachusetts Division 4 semifinal at Curry Hicks Cage. —STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

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  • Aidan Michalak of Hopkins Academy, center, shoots against Scott McGuire, of Drury, Tuesday. STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Andrew Ciaglo of Hopkins Academy, right, shoots against Dante Woodson, of Drury, Tuesday at Curry Hicks Cage. STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Hopkins Academy fans cheer for their team, Tuesday, Mar. 3, 2020 during the Western Massachusetts Division 4 semifinal at Curry Hicks Cage. —STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Ryan Antes of Hopkins Academy, center right, shoots against a group of Drury defenders, Tuesday during the Western Massachusetts Division 4 semifinal at Curry Hicks Cage. STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Addison Phifer of Hopkins Academy, right, shoots against Drury defenders Louis Guillette, left, and Dante Woodson, Tuesday at Curry Hicks Cage. STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Colin Earle of Hopkins Academy, center, shoots against Louis Guillette, of Drury, Tuesday during the Western Massachusetts Division 4 Tournament semifinal at Curry Hicks Cage. Drury won 76-73. Visit gazettenet.com for more photos and video. STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Hopkins Academy fans make noise in an attempt to foil a Drury free throw, Tuesday, Mar. 3, 2020 during the Western Massachusetts Division 4 semifinal at Curry Hicks Cage. —STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

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Published: 3/3/2020 11:46:06 PM

AMHERST — Braeden Tudryn’s cheeks puffed, holding back excitement as he saw Ryan Antes cut free to the basket. No one on Drury noticed as the inbounds play developed.

The Blue Devils’ defensive attention locked on Hopkins Academy’s two lethal outside shooters – Andrew Ciaglo and Colin Earle – with 9.5 seconds remaining in Tuesday’s Western Massachusetts Division 4 Tournament semifinal.

Antes, a senior, snuck behind Drury freshman Louis Guillotte before Tudryn whipped him a pass as he entered the restricted circle. He lofted the potential game-tying layup high off the glass at Curry Hicks Cage. The ball hit between the window and red buzzer light then bounced off the rim twice before rolling off.

“We had ran that play earlier and got a five-second call but had both Ryan and (Addison Phifer) open. It was just a little too late,” Hopkins coach Adam Ginsburg said. “We were looking for both of those guys slipping off because they were paying such attention to Colin and Andrew, that’s what we were hoping for.”

Drury senior Scott McGuire cleared the rebound from danger and tapped it to Keeghan Vidal, who was fouled with 5.2 seconds left. Antes held his head in his hands briefly and jogged to the Drury end for the free throws.

“There’s nothing you can do,” Antes said.

Vidal made 1 of 2, and the Golden Hawks couldn’t carve out space for a shot, turning the ball over as time expired. The third-seeded Blue Devils prevailed 76-73 to reach their second straight Western Mass final. They’ll face No. 1 Baystate Charter at 12:30 p.m. Saturday at the Cage.

“I just want to get back in the gym tomorrow and work on our defense,” McGuire said. “It’s gonna be a war.”

No. 2 Hopkins (13-8) exploited holes in Drury’s defense at the start of the game. The Golden Hawks jumped out to a 12-2 lead behind Ciaglo’s 3-point shooting. They led 18-13 over the defending sectional champions after a quarter as Ciaglo scored 11 of his team-high 26 points in the frame.

“My teammates were getting me open, screening for me, getting me the ball,” he said. “I was just locked in.”

Earle took the baton in the second quarter and scored 10 points before the buzzer. He splashed back-to-back 3s to put Hopkins ahead 24-15 with 6:18 to halftime.

“When he’s on, it opens everything up,” Ciaglo said. “It’s pressure off me, pressure of Braeden, pressure off the bigs.”

The Golden Hawks pushed their advantage to 36-28 at the half, but Drury stabilized in the third quarter. McGuire, who finished with 36 points, led a 13-1 run and put the Blue Devils ahead 46-43 with 2:29 left in the third.

“They got some live ball turnovers, and when they get that, they convert,” Ginsberg said. “McGuire was absolutely outstanding. Initially it was a ton of 3s then he started driving and finishing. He totally dominated the game.”

That advantage stretched to five after Hunter Sarkis stripped the ball and softly laid the ball up for a 50-45 lead with 1:21 left in the third. Ciaglo and Earle responded with a 3 and a jumper, respectively, and Hopkins trailed 52-50 entering the final frame.

“We’re not gonna go down without a fight,” Ciaglo said. “You want us to go away, we’re not gonna go away.”

The Golden Hawks built a four-point lead with 5:52 left. Earle made the first of two free throws then missed the second, but Antes grabbed an offensive rebound and kicked out to Earle, who splashed it for a 60-56 advantage.

But the defending champs didn’t go away either. McGuire tied the game at 65 with a 3 with 4:10 remaining. Drury then ripped a 6-2 run to take a 71-67 lead off a McGuire layup.

Ciaglo cut the deficit to 71-68 with a free throw, as the Drury fan section serenaded him with chants of “he’s too little” with 1:34 left.

McGuire pushed the advantage back to 73-68 with a layup, but Earle (23 points) sank another 3 to make it a two-point game.

But Drury had the ball. Hopkins fouled Vidal hard with 44.4 seconds remaining. He missed the first then hit the second to give the Blue Devils a three-point advantage.

Rather than go for the 3 to tie, Ciaglo worked his way into the lane and made a pull-up jumper with 25.6 seconds left to cut the deficit to one. Dante Woodson snuck through the Hopkins press, but senior Nathan Waldon chased him down and fouled him with 20.7 seconds remaining to keep the Golden Hawks alive. Woodson couldn’t convert his first free throw but made the second to put Drury up two.

Ciaglo attacked the basket once he received the inbounds pass, but Guillotte (16 points) blocked it to the Hopkins cheerleaders.

“I think I took one extra dribble, I should have pulled up,” Ciaglo said.

Hopkins retained possession, but Antes’ shot wouldn’t fall. The loss ended the high school careers of Antes, Waldon, Erik Berg and Aidan Michalak.

“They’ve been every day guys,” Ginsburg said. “They are all about what’s right for the team.”

Having tasted the experience of the Cage after missing the postseason last year, Hopkins’ underclassmen gained the valuable experience of a postseason run.

“They understand every little detail of a season matters to get to this point,” Ginsburg said.

Kyle Grabowski can be reached at kgrabowski@gazettenet.com. Follow him on Twitter@kylegrbwsk.

Drury 76, Hopkins Academy 73

Hopkins Academy (13-8)

Beck 0-0-0, Ciaglo 9-2-26, Earle 8-1-23, Waldon 0-0-0, Tudryn 4-0-9, Phifer 1-0-2, Feltovic 0-0-0, Michalak 0-2-2, Antes 3-5-11. Totals 25-10-73

Drury (14-7)

McGuire 13-5-36, Sarkis 3-3-9, Guillotte 7-0-16, Woodson 0-2-2, Vidal 1-4-7, Brazeau 3-0-6. Totals 27-14-76

Hopkins Academy

18

18

14

23

—73

Drury

13

15

24

24

—76

3-Pointers—Hopkins Academy 13 (Ciaglo 6, Earle 6, Tudryn), Drury 8 (McGuire 5, Guillotte 2, Vidal)




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