Frontier basketball grinds out win over Greenfield

  • Above, Frontier’s Collin Boudreau (5) blocks a shot from Greenfield’s Mason Meadows, Thursday night inside Nichols Gymnasium in Greenfield. Below, Frontier’s Donovan Hoffmann drives to the hoop past Julius Brewington. The visiting Red Hawks held on for a 46-45 Hampshire League North victory. STAFF PHOTOS/DAN LITTLE

  • Frontier’s Donovan Hoffman puts up a shot defended by Greenfield’s Julius Brewington in the third quarter Thursday night in Greenfield. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

  • Frontier’s Owen Walkowicz, left, blocks a shot from Greenfield’s David Carey in the first quarter Thursday night in Greenfield. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

  • Frontier’s Owen Walkowicz drives in for a layup against Greenfield in the third quarter Thursday night in Greenfield. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

  • Frontier’s Donovan Hoffman, right, drives to the hoop defended by Greenfield’s Mason Meadows in the fourth quarter Thursday night in Greenfield. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

  • Greenfield’s Julius Brewington, left, and Frontier’s Collin Boudreau fight for a rebound in the first quarter Thursday night in Greenfield. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

  • Greenfield’s David Carey hits a 3-pointer against Frontier in the first quarter Thursday night in Greenfield. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

  • Greenfield’s Kenny Adams pulls down a rebound against Frontier in the second quarter Thursday night in Greenfield. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

  • Greenfield’s David Carey puts in a breakaway layup against Frontier in the second quarter Thursday night in Greenfield. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

  • Greenfield’s Mason Meadows, left, fights for a jump ball against Frontier’s Gabe Jones-Thomson in the fourth quarter Thursday night in Greenfield. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

  • Frontier’s Donovan Hoffman, left, drives down the court defended by Greenfield’s David Carey in the fourth quarter Thursday night in Greenfield. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

Staff Writer
Published: 2/13/2020 10:51:11 PM
Modified: 2/13/2020 10:51:00 PM

GREENFIELD — Frontier Regional’s Collin Boudreau knew exactly what the Greenfield boys basketball team had planned late in the fourth quarter of Thursday’s league showdown.

The Green Wave had possession under the Frontier basket with 7.8 seconds remaining, trailing by one. Boudreau, the Red Hawks’ senior center, was tasked with guarding Greenfield’s Mason Meadows. Having played with Meadows and under Green Wave coach Angelo Thomas in the past, he knew the ball would be coming his way for the potential game-winning basket.

Meadows flashed to the right block to receive the pass, but Boudreau used his long arms to swat the ball away, knocking it right into the hands of Sean Richter. The steal forced Greenfield to play the foul game the rest of the way, eventually sending the Red Hawks to the line with four seconds left. Brett Robinson missed the front end of a one-and-one, but the ball bounced around as nobody corralled the rebound, and the clock ran out, enabling Frontier to escape with a wild 46-45 victory at Nichols Gymnasium.

“Me and Mason go back a long time,” Boudreau said. “I’m not saying I knew exactly what they were going to do, but I have a pretty good idea of what they’re going to throw at me.”

In a game that came down to one possession, the little things got the job done for the Red Hawks.

Frontier (15-3, 8-0 Hampshire North) got multiple second-chance baskets thanks to an aggressive night on the offensive boards, even while playing without starting center Peter Carey. It also forced turnovers that changed the game.

“We always stress winning the battle of the hustle points,” Red Hawk coach Ben Barshefsky said. “Offensive rebounds, deflections, taking charges, diving on the floor. Many times when you win in that area, you put yourself in a position to be successful.”

Owen Walkowicz led Frontier with 10 points, while Gabe Jones-Thomson and Boudreau each finished with eight points in a grind of a game.

David Carey scored 17 points for Greenfield (11-7, 4-3), and Meadows added 13 points.

“We were missing one piece the whole night,” Carey said. “We couldn’t get that extra effort at the end. You have to go in winning mode and when everyone doesn’t do that, you can’t win. This was ours for the taking and we blew it. It was right there in our hands.”

The Red Hawks held a 34-27 lead going into the fourth quarter, but Greenfield wasn’t about to let them run away with it.

Julius Brewington got to the rim for an easy two, followed by a 3-pointer by Carey that helped the Wave quickly back in the game.

Frontier never let Greenfield take the lead however, thanks to its slow pace on both ends. The Red Hawks were able to play at the speed they wanted to all night, which prevented Greenfield from finding a rhythm on offense.

“Pregame, we talked about controlling the tempo,” Barshefsky said. “For the most part, we prevented them from getting easy looks at the basket.”

With 2:15 to play, Green Wave freshman Maverick Ward cut to the rim and finished to pull the hosts back within 44-42.

Like they did all game, the Red Hawks had an answer, as the high-low game between Walkowicz and Boudreau found success. Boudreau was on the receiving end, and got an easy look at the rim to make it a two-score game.

Both teams went scoreless for the next minute, but Ward drained a corner 3 with 50 ticks left on the clock to cut it to 46-45. Those would be the last points scored in the game, however.

“Coach did a great job toward the end,” Boudreau said. “Coach had some quick plays he drew up. It was a fun game.”

Turnovers plagued Greenfield through the game’s first eight minutes, as the Red Hawks raced out to a 14-6 lead after one.

Carey and Meadows, who were the only Green Wave players to score in the first half, pulled their team back in the game in the second quarter, with Meadows getting easy looks around the rim. The push back enabled Greenfield to trail just 21-20 at the break.

A low scoring third quarter saw Frontier carry a 34-27 lead into the final stanza.

“We needed to do the little things better,” Carey said. “A couple shots that went in and out for me, if I hit one of them we win. I just want to continue my little run into the playoffs. This is behind us.”

Frontier capped its league campaign with a perfect 8-0 mark.




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