Make space for another Eastern Athletic Conference (EAC) championship banner in the Francis “Sancy” Pachico Gymnasium. And unlike last year, the Vineyarders won’t have to share the title with the Bishop Feehan Shamrocks.
Martha’s Vineyard secured a claim to the conference title outright on the Shamrocks’ own floor Tuesday in Attleboro by a score of 75 to 73. With that win the Vineyard record stood at 12-2 overall and 7-0 in the EAC.
Ryan Fisher made a lay-up to put M.V. in the lead with three minutes to play. Randall Jette hit some clutch free-throws and Del Araujo hauled down a pair of important rebounds down the stretch to keep M.V. in the lead. The Shamrocks had a chance to win, but a last gasp shot missed at the buzzer.
Randall Jette led M.V. with 22 points, Del Araujo scored 13, and T.J. Van Gervan added 11.
In the lead up to Tuesday’s contest on Friday the Vineyarders visited Bishop Stang in North Dartmouth. and came away with a 75-63 EAC victory.
Peter Keaney led M.V. with 20 points and Randall Jette added 17. Ben Ciciora had an excellent defensive game and scored eight points. The Vineyarders also got good work from Jack Roberts, who scored 7 points in the second half.
The Vineyarders have a busy week ahead of them. They play at Norton today, host the Coyle and Cassidy Warriors, in their final EAC contest of the season, Saturday at 4:30 pm, and play at Greater New Bedford on Monday.
Jayvee boys stop Stang
The Vineyard boys’ jayvee squad also beat the Shamrocks on Tuesday, 59-55. M.V. roared back from a 15-point third-quarter deficit and held Feehan to five points in the final period.
Izak Brown scored 22 points and Brandon Watkins added 14. The jayvees improved to 9-3.
Friday, the junior Vineyarders beat Bishop Stang 50-42 in North Dartmouth. Izak Brown scored 15 points and Brandon Watkins had 11 to pace M.V.
Freshman win on late bucket
The freshman boys made it a Vineyard sweep over Bishop Stang on Friday. Sam Entner drained a three-pointer with three ticks on the clock to sink the Spartans 57-56.
Cyrus Breese (14 points) Zach Wannamaker (12), and Sam Entner (12) all hit in double figures for M.V. who improved to 5-4.