Boys hoops: MV wins Island
by Cape Cod Times
Just because they weren't on the islands didn't mean there was any less intensity in this rivalry.
When the dust settled, it was the Martha's Vineyard Regional High School boys basketball team's ability to control the glass that helped claim bragging rights in another hard-fought battle with Nantucket.
Mark Reppert scored 15 points and Bubba Brown added 13 as MV led for all but the first two minutes in a 63-53 win over the Whalers in the first day of the Cape and Islands Classic at Harwich High School.
Nick Viera added 10 points for the Vineyarders, who improve to 3-0. Jordan Ferreira had a game-high 23 points for the Whalers (2-2) and Adam Spencer added nine.
The Vineyarders held off a third-quarter run by Nantucket with several points off the offensive glass and held Nantucket big men, Delroy Lawrence and Josh Butler, to just two points apiece.
"In our last game we didn't rebound and play the interior well," MV coach Mike Joyce said. "Tonight Bubba, Pat (Hart) and Jeff (Osborn) did a much better job not giving people second and third chances."
A dunk by Brown triggered an early 8-0 run and Reppert's 11 points helped MV take a 29-24 lead to the break.
Ferreira scored two quick baskets early in the second half to cut the lead to 31-30, but MV answered with six straight points, four on second chance opportunities, to help extend the margin to 45-37 after three quarters.
Harwich 68, P'town 45
HARWICH — The Rough Riders played unfriendly hosts, using an early 20-0 run to sail away from the Fishermen at the Cape and Islands Classic.
Ben Bianco scored 17 points for Harwich (3-2) while Jon Thompson added 12 and Mike Trabucco chipped in with 10. Provincetown's Zach Tobias had 23 points to lead all scorers.
Leading just 6-5 four minutes into the contest, the Rough Riders scored the next 16 points to take a 22-5 lead after one quarter. They also scored the first four of the second.
The Fishermen (3-1) responded with a 10-0 run, but Harwich's full-court pressure helped reel off 16 straight to build a 42-19 halftime lead.
"I was happy with the first half," Harwich coach Tony Catanzaro said. "You try to use some guys in different spots that you don't normally do in a ballgame like that but we got lazy in the second half. If we do that against Martha's Vineyard we're dead in the water."
Tobias had 14 second-half points. Provincetown's Ben Fortier scored nine.