Oak Bluffs sweeps
The Oak Bluffs boys and girls basketball teams proved again to be the class of the Interscholastic League with Championship wins at the Sancy Pachico gymnasium last Wednesday.
Photos by M.C. Wallo
The Oak Bluffs girls faced Edgartown, a team they had defeated twice during the season.
The Eagles matched the Blazers goal for goal in the early going and even managed a 10-7 lead five minutes into the game. Six of the early Edgartown points were by Jenny Lindland.
But then the Blazers took control of the boards and ran off 10 unanswered points to claim a 17-10 lead and grew that to a half-time 27-14 advantage.
The teams' defenses trumped the offenses in the second half. Both teams managed to add just eight points to their half-time totals. Final score: Oak Bluffs 35, Edgartown 22.
Pat DeBettencourt had the Blazers hot hand, scoring 14 points and leading her squad in rebounds. Jenny Lindland flew highest for the Eagles with a dozen points, most preceded by full-court drives.
Other scorers were Edgartown's Rae Filly and Zoe Nugent and Oak Bluffs's Hayley Maciel and Katherine Stewart.
In the boys game West Tisbury broke on top and led 11-6 after five minutes of play. But in the next five minutes Oak Bluffs posted 10 straight points to take a lead they would not relinquish.
At the half the Blazers held a four point edge, 20-16.
In the second half, Izak Browne and Mike DeBettencourt took turns filling the net for Oak Bluffs Jack Roberts finished with a 10-point rush, including two treys, for the Hawks, but it wasn't enough. Oak Bluffs's Mike Bizzarro hit two, one from downtown, as the game drew to a close. Oak Bluffs 41, West Tisbury 34.
High-scorers were Izak Browne with 17 for the Blazers. Mike Bizzarro and Mike DeBettencourt each added seven.
Jack Roberts led the Hawks with 15 points. Kane Araujo contributed nine, all from long distance, and Jacob Lawrence added six. Browne also had an impressive collection of rebounds,
West Tisbury had qualified for the finals by defeating Tisbury, 60-42. Roberts had scored 37 for the Hawks.
Oak Bluffs had lost just one game, that, by a single point, to West Tisbury at the up-Island school early in the season.