The Martha Vineyard Regional High School boys basketball team took care of some Eastern Athletic Conference business Sunday afternoon at the Sancy in Oak Bluffs with a 70-45 win over Coyle Cassidy of Taunton. The Vineyarders have won six straight, improving to 6-1 overall and 2-0 in the EAC.The Purple started the game with an 11-0 run and were never seriously threatened. The Warriors got to within 19-9 but Tim Roberts slammed down a dunk and Matt Marchand drained a three to give the Vineyarders a 24-9 lead after one quarter. The lead grew to 42-18 by halftime, with Vineyard coach Mike Joyce already tapping into his bench.By the end of the night, 11 Vineyarders were on the scoresheet and all 12 in uniform had played and turned in a solid performance. Deshawn James led the way with 13 points. Matt Stone had 10, Matt Marchand nine, and Navardo Anderson eight. Alex GordonBeck, Mac Sashin, and Jack Yuen scored six apiece.”We were a little sloppy defensively in the first quarter for a little while but the guys settled down,” coach Joyce said. “We set some defensive goals for the game that they came very close to getting, so it was a good defensive effort the rest of the way. The second group of kids that got in there and played the whole fourth quarter did a nice job. It gave them some game experience and got them to settle down their nerves when they get in the game so there’s a little less pressure when we need them in a big moment–they’ve been there a little bit.”
A big moment could be on January 20 in Oak Bluffs, when the Vineyarders meet EAC archrival Bishop Feehan. The freshman game tips off at 1:30 pm, followed by the jayvees at 3 and the varsity contest at 4:30.
Jayvees win bigEarlier in the day, the Vineyard jayvee boys also romped to a big win, beating Coyle Cassidy 60-19. The Vineyarders nearly blanked the Warriors in the first quarter, scoring the first 18 points and leading 18-2 at the buzzer. The Vineyard lead was 38-8 by halftime.Curtis Farrell was the high scorer with 11 points. Grant Santos had 10 and Nick Bond scored eight.