M.V. and Bourne battled to and fro in a topsy-turvy first half, but the Ladies of the Canal ran away with it in the second for a 62-50 win.
Bourne trailed the Vineyard midway in the first half, 16-11, then ran off eight unanswered points to take the lead. But only briefly. A three-point play by Brittany Stone and Kelly Silvia's bucket put M.V. on top again, but Bourne fought back and reached the break on top, 35-31. They led by as much as 22 in the second half, but M.V. cut the lead in two by game's end.
Nina Butler led the Islanders with 15 points, including a pair of three-pointers.
The M.V. junior varsity led from the gate, holding a 16-11 edge at the half. But Bourne caught up and took a 25-23 lead with seven minutes on the clock, plenty of time for the Vineyard to rally for a 37-32 victory.
The freshmen bounced Bourne 56-23.
Both Terrell Johnson and Nick Viera scored 14 points, the only Vineyarders to reach double figures, in the M.V. triumph at Bourne, 64-38. In all, 10 players contributed points. But more significantly, all played a part in what Coach Joyce called the team's best defensive effort of the season. In the first half and again in the second, the Islanders throttled Bourne for four scoreless minutes.
The jayvees prevailed 46-34, thanks to 12 points from Nick Gross and 10 from Alex Poole.
The MV frosh completed the Bourne sweep with a 51-43 victory. Steve Handy led the Purple with 15 points and Liam McCarthy had 12 more.
At the Sancy, the boys varsity continued their impressive play by overcoming an eight-point second half deficit in an exciting 52-49 win over Case. Jwann Johnson (8 points and 5 rebounds) hit the game-winning three.
"It was our best game yet: our defense was outstanding," M.V. head coach Mike Joyce said.
Terrell Johnson led M.V. with 15 points and 11 rebounds. Nick Viera had 12 points, three steals, and three assists and Time McHugh tossed in 10, with seven rebounds. M.V.'s record stands at 7-4 overall and 5-4 in the South Coast Conference.
The jayvee boys improved to 7-2, throttling the Cards 58-23 behind 19 points from Cody Brewer and 10 from Billy Reagan.
The M.V. freshman were even less charitable to their guests in a 56-19 romp in which 12 Islanders scored. Steve Handy scored the most with 14 points.
The Vineyard varsity girls were the only squad to come up short against the Cardinals from Joseph Case, falling, 58-41, in Swansea Tuesday.
The jayvee girls took care of the redbirds 43-26.
Ben Post and Antulio Neto were named by the Cape Cod Times to its 17-member C&I all-star boys soccer team. Adam Herman, Davey Campbell, and Torbelly Assis were honorably mentioned.
West Tisbury selectman, sergeant, and sometime distance runner Skip Manter has been pounding the pavement in Florida lately. He finished a half marathon Saturday in 2:44:59, 428th in his age category, 7022nd overall. The next day he ran a complete marathon in 5:49:20, 610th in his division. 7748th overall.
Legends sink Celtics
The fifth week of RCBL play started with a bang as the Legends claimed their second win in a row, 82-79, at the expense of the once high-flying Celtics, who dropped to 3-2.
Dale Rogers keyed a big second quarter for the Legends, sinking six of seven from the stripe and two field goals to put the Celtics down 44-38 at the half.
Franco Mayi paced the Legends in half two, scoring nine points in each quarter to finish with a game-high 28. Dale Rogers had 19 points, while Monte Bizzaro and Nakia Timmons scored 10 each.
Adam Rebello led the Celts with 25 points, nailing four out of four from three-point range in the second half. Marc Rivers (12), James Holenko (11), Travis Baptiste (10), and Keith Crossland (10) also reached double figures for the Shamrocks.
In the nightcap, the Lakers won out in a high-flying shootout with the Heat, 107-97. Heat Jason Dyer (39 points) and Laker Brion Scott (31) were both en fuego in a blistering fourth quarter duel that saw a 68-65 Heat lead evaporate. Scott hit five three's to Dyer's three, as the Lakers pulled away, improving to 3-2. The Heat fell to 2-3.
Heath Estrella had 22 points for the victors, while Jeff LaBell and John Healy hit for 16 and 12 respectively.
Jade Cash (20 points) Luis Cruz (15) and Sandy Fisher (14) had strong games for the Heat.
The Vineyarders began a tough week last Wednesday with a 6-0 loss at Falmouth. The Lady Clippers scored in every period, 2-3-1. Jen Ward and Laura Jernegan divided goal-tending duties.
Saturday, the girls returned home to face the Canton Bulldogs, who proved to have both bark and bite in an 8-4 win.
Christina Wiley scored twice, Nica Sylvia and Alexa Fisher once each. Alaina Aristide had two assists and Sara Sylvia one.
The Duxbury Dragons came calling Monday and despite an inspired, gritty effort, the Vineyarders lost a heart-breaker, 2-1, on a late power play goal. Lainey Aristide had the lone M.V. score.
The lady jayvees thrashed hosts Needham 8-0 last Wednesday behind Sophie Lew's second hat trick of the season. Amira Madison started the scoring and Lauren Townes, Phoebe Kelleher, Diana Nash, and Emily Smith all earned their first high school goals. Emily Smith (2), Jackie Panek (2), Nicole Mercier (2), Taylor Chisholm (2), Leah Selby, Bre Russell, Sarah Turner, Phoebe Kelleher, and Megan Gouldrup earned assists. Jaime Forend posted her third shutout of the campaign, stopping 23 shots.
The impressive win eased the pain of a 2-1 defeat to Notre Dame Academy on Jan. 6. N.D. had the luck of the Irish on their side, with a fortunate bounce on the winning goal. Sophie Lew scored the lone M.V. goal, assisted by Phoebe Kelleher. Jaime Forend turned aside 40 shots.
The Nan Rheault Tournament is Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 20-21 with Hingham, Newton North, and Nauset. The JV version replaces Nauset with Needham.
Hingham takes on M.V. in the jayvee opener, Saturday at 12:30 pm. Newton North tangles with Needham at 2.
Hingham and Newton North open the varsity round at 5 pm, followed by M.V. and Nauset at 7.
The jayvee consolation and championship games are Sunday at 9 am and 10:30, followed by the varsity consolation game at noon, and the championship at 1:30 pm.
The M.V. Black team bested the M.V. White squad 4-3, Friday, thanks to Leo McDonald's 2 goals.
The Travel Mites crushed Falmouth 10-1 at the Arena Saturday as Nick Vukota notched a hat trick.
The mighty mites did one better in an 11-0 romp on Sunday vs. Lower Cape at Charles Moore Arena. Josh Forend was the hero, scoring an "Alaskan" hat trick (5 goals). The Vineyard 'D' held LC to one shot.
The Travel Mites (12-1-2) host arch-rival Nantucket (10-1-1) for two contests, Saturday at 9:30 and 10:30 am.
In Squirt action, the host M.V. Islanders sank the Falmouth Clippers 10-0, buoyed by Noah Kleinhans's two goals and two assists.
The Squirt Warriors spilt a doubleheader at Kennedy Arena in Hyannis, Saturday, beating the Barnstable Avalanche 5-3 and dropping a 6-2 decision to Bourne.
The Warriors rebounded at home Sunday by thrashing the Barnstable Thrashers, 10-1. Sydney Davies (one goal, one assist) and Oliver Osnoss on defense were the standouts.
In Pee Wee play, M.V. downed Yarmouth-Dennis, 5-2, at Tony Kent Arena, Saturday. Charlie Ashmun tapped the twine twice to lead M.V.
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