Vineyarders repel Spartans, Vikings, and Warriors in boys hoops


The Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School varsity boys basketball team won three times this week, improving to 8-2 overall and 3-0 in Eastern Athletic Conference play.

Tuesday afternoon at the Sancy, the Vineyarders outlasted Bishop Stang 57-53, in a physical Eastern Athletic Conference contest.

Randall Jette pumped in 27 points and Peter Keaney added 11 more, but the real key to the Vineyard victory was stifling team defense.

Keaney’s monster block on Charlie Cui’s three-point attempt, with 1.5 seconds left on the clock, put an exclamation point on M.V.’s gutsy effort. Ben Ciciora drew a foul off the rebound and sank his first free throw to seal the win.

Neither team led by more than six points and both teams employed defenses that gave the opposing offense fits. Stang used a 2-3 and 1-3-1 zone, while M.V. favored the press.

Vineyard coach Mike Joyce was quick to flash a smile after the final whistle.

“Two good teams, you know it’s going to be a tough game. Our kids just battled hard, especially defensively,” Coach Joyce said. “In the end, they played that zone that was kind of funky, and we just had to be patient, which really isn’t our forte, but they did a good job, taking good shots and being patient most of the time.”

The Vineyard effort was all the more impressive, considering that they had vanquished Wareham, last year’s state champions, the previous night.

M.V. raced out to a 46-31 halftime lead, but had to depend on solid defense to turn away a late charge by the visiting Vikings for the 73-63 wind.

Peter Keaney scored 22 points and hauled down 12 rebounds. Randall Jette had 20 points, and Del Araujo added 15.

Friday, in Taunton, M.V. won its second EAC game of the season, beating Coyle and Cassidy 79-60.

The Vineyarders put the the game out of reach with a 32-point third quarter.

Ben Ciciora and Randall Jette each had 17 points. Ryan Fisher scored 13 and added nine rebounds.

The Vineyarders next game is against Bishop Feehan at the Sancy on Saturday at 3:30.

Jayvees take three of four

Tuesday, the jayvee boys improved to 6-2, beating Bishop Stang 50-38, behind 16 points from Isak Browne, 12 from Brandon Watkins, and 10 from Andrew Hakala.

The win helped ease the sting of Monday’s 61-49 loss to visiting Wareham.

Mike deBettencourt led M.V. with 17 points. Izak Browne scored 12, and Brandon Watkins had 10.

Saturday, the Islanders trumped Cape Tech in Harwich, 71-46. Kane Araujo topped the scoresheet with 14 points, followed by Mike deBettencourt with 12, and Andrew Hakala with 10.

Even more impressive, was a 78-40 thrashing of Coyle and Cassidy in Taunton, Friday afternoon.

Mike deBettencourt fired in six treys en route to 24 points. Izak Browne added 18, and Brandon Watkins scored 11.

The jayvees entertain Bishop Feehan, Saturday at 2.