Vineyard a playoff winner
The Westwood Wolverines came to visit Monday for a Division 3 South preliminary round basketball game at the Sancy. Westwood had ended its season with a 10-10 record and was seeded 19th. The 14th-seeded Vineyarders had finished their season at 11-9.
Westwood scored first with the game just seconds old when Mark Chirokas grabbed the loose jump ball and layed it in the basket. That would be the only time that Westwood would lead in the game. Hoops by Mark Reppert and Bubba Brown put the Vineyard ahead. Chirokas's second bucket tied the score, but only for a moment. Nick Viera's three-pointer started a 12-point string that would prove impossible for the Wolverines to equal.
At the end of the first quarter the score stood at 22-7.
Westwood righted itself in the second period, even gaining a bit. At the half the Islanders led by a dozen, 42-30.
Midway in the third frame the visitors came within seven, but at the end of the quarter the Vineyard was up by 15, 62-47. It was a good period for Mark Reppert, who scored 10 of his team-high 24 points in the quarter, including two treys.
The Wolverines ran off 11 unanswered points early in the final quarter, but they would come no closer than six points down, 58-64, and the Islanders sprinted to the finish to claim the win 81-65.
The victory earns M.V. the right to face Wareham, seeded third with an impressive 18-2 record, Wednesday. But the Vineyard plays the Vikings tough. It handed them one of their two losses here, and lost by a single point there.