Martha’s Vineyard wins fourth straight EAC boys hoops title

Nick Costello battles with Coyle Cassidy's Dylan Greene. — Photo by Ralph Stewart

The Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School boys basketball team wrapped up a fourth consecutive Eastern Athletic Conference championship Tuesday afternoon in Oak Bluffs with a resounding 88-46 victory over Coyle Cassidy.

The Vineyarders (14-3, 7-1 EAC) played ferocious team defense and drove to the hoop at will. Eleven players scored, five in double figures. The Purple led by 12 after the first quarter and put the game out of reach by outscoring the Warriors 25-6 in the second period, en route to a 49-18 halftime lead.

“We beat them [Coyle Cassidy] by 20 at their place, but we didn’t take them lightly coming in,” coach Mike Joyce said. “We played hard defense, especially in the second quarter, I think they scored six points and we scored over 20 and that was really where it separated.”

Coach Joyce rested his starters for the second half. His bench players seized the opportunity to impress and responded with a half nearly as fine.

“It was good. We got a lot of people to play at home who hadn’t played and they did a good job,” the coach said. “Our goal at halftime was to come out and keep playing good defense, not give up a lot of points and not make any silly fouls. Except for one [foul] at the end, I think we did that.”

Jahmari Thomas led the Vineyard offense with 16 points. Izak Browne scored 13 in the first half and Malik Johnson came off the bench to net 13 in the second. Liam Weston and Navardo Anderson had 10 points apiece.

The Vineyarders hit the road for games Thursday at Dartmouth and Tuesday at Abington.