Martha’s Vineyard boys down Bishop Feehan in EAC hoops

Alex GordonBeck, seen here December 28 against Whitinsville Christian, had six points, seven rebounds, and three steals in a big win over Bishop Feehan Saturday afternoon. — Photo by Ralph Stewart

Updated 11:10 am Wednesday January 8, 2014

Martha’s Vineyard took the first of two meetings against Eastern Athletic Conference archrival Bishop Feehan, winning 54-47 in Attleboro Saturday. The Vineyarders (5-1) won their fifth consecutive game behind a superb team effort. Alex GordonBeck was relentless, scoring six points, hauling down seven rebounds, and grabbing three steals. Ben Poole and Malik Johnson were also defensive standouts.

The Vineyarders trailed midway through the second quarter but used an 8-1 run to lead 27-23 at the half. M.V. tightened its grip by holding Feehan to six points in the third quarter.

“It was our most sustained effort of the season, with very few lapses of energy,” coach Mike Joyce said.

Deshawn James led the Vineyard offense with 18 points. Tim Roberts had 11 points to go with 11 rebounds. Navardo Anderson added nine points. “Tim, Deshawn, and Navardo always have got to have strong games for us to win,” coach Joyce said, but when Alex, Malik, and Ben play as well as they did, our team is very difficult to beat.”

The Vineyarders are off until January 12, when they host EAC foe Coyle Cassidy at 4:30 pm.

This article was updated to reflect a change in the date of the next game.