H.S. Roundup: Pioneer boys basketball pulls ahead in third quarter to knock off Frontier (PHOTOS)

Frontier’s Owen Babb (14) drives to the hoop over Pioneer defender Hugh Cyhowski (11) in the second quarter Friday night at Goodnow Gymnasium in South Deerfield.

Frontier’s Owen Babb (14) drives to the hoop over Pioneer defender Hugh Cyhowski (11) in the second quarter Friday night at Goodnow Gymnasium in South Deerfield. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

Frontier’s Nico Fasulo (3) puts in a breakaway layup against Pioneer in the second quarter Friday night at Goodnow Gymnasium in South Deerfield.

Frontier’s Nico Fasulo (3) puts in a breakaway layup against Pioneer in the second quarter Friday night at Goodnow Gymnasium in South Deerfield. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

Frontier’s Nico Fasulo (3) drives to the hoop before being fouled by Pioneer’s Josh Wood (32) in the third quarter Friday night at Goodnow Gymnasium in South Deerfield.

Frontier’s Nico Fasulo (3) drives to the hoop before being fouled by Pioneer’s Josh Wood (32) in the third quarter Friday night at Goodnow Gymnasium in South Deerfield. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

Frontier’s Owen Babb (14) drives to the hoop over Pioneer defender Hugh Cyhowski (11) in the third quarter Friday night at Goodnow Gymnasium in South Deerfield.

Frontier’s Owen Babb (14) drives to the hoop over Pioneer defender Hugh Cyhowski (11) in the third quarter Friday night at Goodnow Gymnasium in South Deerfield. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

Frontier’s Sasha Dragicevich (20), left, blocks a shot from Pioneer’s Kurt Redeker (3) in the first quarter Friday night at Goodnow Gymnasium in South Deerfield.

Frontier’s Sasha Dragicevich (20), left, blocks a shot from Pioneer’s Kurt Redeker (3) in the first quarter Friday night at Goodnow Gymnasium in South Deerfield. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

Frontier’s Nico Fasulo (3) carries the ball defended by Pioneer’s Alex McClelland (15) in the third quarter Friday night at Goodnow Gymnasium in South Deerfield.

Frontier’s Nico Fasulo (3) carries the ball defended by Pioneer’s Alex McClelland (15) in the third quarter Friday night at Goodnow Gymnasium in South Deerfield. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

Frontier’s NIco Fasulo (3) take a three-point shot against Pioneer in the third quarter Friday night at Goodnow Gymnasium in South Deerfield.

Frontier’s NIco Fasulo (3) take a three-point shot against Pioneer in the third quarter Friday night at Goodnow Gymnasium in South Deerfield. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

Staff Reports

Published: 02-09-2024 9:44 PM

Trailing deep into the third quarter on the road in a raucous Goodnow Gymnasium, the Pioneer boys basketball team finally found its footing on Friday night.

Frontier held a 23-22 lead at the half on its Senior Night and still held onto a 32-30 lead late in the third after Max Millette drained a 3. 

It was all Panthers to close out the quarter, as they went on a 10-2 run to hold a 40-34 lead after three quarters. 

Alex McClelland converted an and-one to extend the Pioneer lead to 43-34 to open the fourth but the Redhawks stuck in it, as Millette had an and-one of his own with 3:03 to play that brought Frontier within four, 47-43. 

Millette later knocked down a 3 that cut the Pioneer lead to 49-46 with with 31 ticks left, but Kurt Redeker hit a runner in the lane for the Panthers. Josh Wood made a free throw late that helped Pioneer edge out a 52-48 Hampshire League South triumph. 

Redeker finished with 19 points, Josh Wood scored 18 points while Brayden Thayer tallied 12 points in the win. 

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Fasulo led Frontier with 18 points, Millette tossed in 15 points while Owen Babb recorded 11 points in the loss. 

Athol 36, Smith Academy 30 — Greg Stone’s team-high 10 points weren’t enough for the Falcons in a six-point overtime loss on the road against the Hampshire League North champion Bears.

Smith Academy was held scoreless in the four-minute extra period. Cameron Graves added seven points in the Smith Academy defeat.

Mount Greylock 50, Hampshire 47 — Koleton Kolodziej and Adam Golasinski each scored 13 points for the Raiders, while Braylon Jarrett tossed in seven.

Hampshire (9-8) still remains one game away from securing an automatic spot in the MIAA state tournament.

Girls basketball

Smith Voc 56, Baystate Academy 47 — Makayla Tatro could not be stopped on Friday night.

The junior guard dropped 34 points, scoring from all three levels to lead all scorers as the Vikings defeated the Bulls to improve to 9-6 on the season.

Jayanna Daniels added eight points to go along with a whopping 18 rebounds.

PVCICS 39, Hampden Charter West 25 — The Dragons improved to 5-11 on the year with the win, and beat Hampden Charter West for the second time this season.

Mahar 46, Hopkins 23 — Juliana Eichenlaub and Maggie Potter combined for 10 points in the Golden Hawks loss.

Chloe Koscuisko and Keily Kinchla each tossed in four for Hopkins.

St. Mary’s 64, Gateway 14 — The Gators surrendered a season-high 64 points to the Saints in a Tri-County League North road loss.

Gateway fell to 4-10 this season and hosts Springfield International Charter School next Tuesday in its last game of the year.

Late Thursday results

Girls basketball

Monson 64, Hampshire 32 — Olivia Chrzan (28) and Aniah Myrie (27) combined for 55 of Monson’s 64 points as Hampshire fell in a Suburban League matchup Thursday night.

Shayne Moynahan led the Raiders with seven points, Destiny Saltis added five points and Ali Jenkins, Makayla Labrie and Alyssa Colon Garcia each chipped in three points in the loss.

Hockey

Easthampton 5, Amherst 2 — Zach Roy’s stellar five point night led the Eagles to a huge win over the Hurricanes on Thursday night.

Roy tallied three goals and two assists, while Gabe Growhoski netted a goal and added two assists as well for Easthampton. Grayson Prevey-Catrambone (goal), Rob Herman (assist) and Drew Thompson (assist) also each recorded points in the win.

Paige Galpin picked up another victory in the crease, stopping 24 of the 26 shots that came her way.