Hockey team reaches semi-finals
The Martha's Vineyard Regional high school boys ice hockey team (12-1-5), the third seed in Division 2 South,
Defeated the 11th-seeded Hanover Indians in Bourne's Gallo Arena, Saturday, 5-2. It was the third meeting of the teams and the Vineyarders have won all three times.
M.V. had a bye in round one. Hanover got by King Philip in overtime, 2-1 to qualify for round two.
The Vineyard was clearly the better team in the first two periods. Senior captain Joel Rebello posted the first goal unassisted, 11:12 into the game. Tad Gold, celebrating his birthday, followed with the second M.V. goal, assisted by Nick Billingham, a minute and a half later.
The purple puckmen had taken 13 shots on goal to the Indians 8.
Shots on goal were almost equal in the second period but not the scoring. Islanders added three points after Hanover's Dan McGinnis lit the lamp at 2:49. Henry Smith made it, 3-1 assisted by Rebello. Mitch Pachico scored the next two goals, putting the Islanders up 5-1 by the end of the second frame. Rebello and Smith were credited with assists.
The Islanders sat on their lead in the third period
and were outskated, giving up 12 shots on goal (including a score) while taking just five of their own.
All told, senior goalie Alex Minnehan made 29 saves.
The Vineyarders met Sandwich, the second seed with a season record of 16-2-3, Wednesday, back at the Gallo. The Blue Knights defeated Oliver Ames in the quarterfinal round, 4-2.
M.V. and Sandwich did not play each other during the season.
Fan buses took M.V. supporters to the Gallo Arena for the game on Wednesday, March 6. Tickets were $5 for MVRHS students and covered only the cost of the bus. Fans had to buy their own ferry tickets and pay the entrance fee at Gallo.
Lakers increase lead
The RCBL first-place Lakers padded their lead, Monday, dropping the second-place Bulls, 93-83. Laker Chris Fischer had the game-high 26. Heath Estrella (19), Karl Kallinich (17), and Jeff LaBell (13) also made it to double digits.
Clark Agnew (16) and Sam Berlow (15) were high pointers for the Bulls. Ryan Murtha (12) and Dale Rogers (11) also made it to twin columns.
In Monday's twin bill, the Heat kept the Celtics winless, 111-87. The Celts opened well, leading by as much as four through most of the first quarter, but when time ran out in the period, the score was even at 18. At the half, the Heat had taken a 46-40 lead and enlarged that to the one-sided conclusion.
T.J. Rojinski and Jason Dyer finished the game with the same score, 28, for the Heat. Dyer's total included six from long distance. Sandy Fisher added 18, Nick Viera had 13, and Clint Merrill, 11. Merrill ruled the boards, pulling down 19 rebounds.
Brian Scott (20) and Scott Dyer (15) led Celtic scorers.
Only two weeks remain before the second season playoffs begin.
RCBL Standings: Lakers 8-2, Bulls 6-4, Heat 6-4, Celtics 0-10.
Super statistician Jerry Maciel shows Jason Dyer leading the league in treys with 44. Jeff LaBell has 37 and Brian Scott 25.
Wareham wins in O.T.
The basketball teams could not have been more evenly matched. Even though Wareham was seeded third in the MIAA Division 3 South postseason tournament with an impressive 18-2 record and the Vineyarders' 11-9 stats put them in 14th, the Islanders had handed the Vikings one of their two losses, 51-50, here in December. Wareham had squeezed out an 86-85 win at home in January.
They met again last Wednesday in the first round of the Division 3 South playoffs at Wareham. After 40 minutes of combat, punctuated by Cody Brewer's buzzer-beating put-back bucket, the teams were tied at 69.
A five-minute overtime tie-breaking period was prescribed. M.V. had to go into OT without the services of center Bubba Brown who had fouled out of the game. Early into the extra period Nick Viera, the Vineyard's top scorer for the day, followed Brown to the bench.
Wareham won the game, 83-76.
Viera finished with 21 points. Pat Hart had 16 and Mark Reppert 15. Also in double columns was Cody Brewer who had 11. Jwann Johnson scored nine and Bubba Brown, 4.
Reppert and Hart led the team with rebounds. Each had 11.
Wareham went on to beat Pembroke, 72-64 in the quarter finals and squeezed by Norwell, 53-52, at Taunton in the semis. The Vikings play Scituate at UMass, Boston, Saturday, for all the marbles.