Vineyard junior high B-ballers beat Barnstable, Plymouth South


The Martha’s Vineyard junior high boy hoopsters improved to 6-0 in the Cape Cod Youth Basketball league standings with victories over Barnstable and Plymouth South the weekend of Dec. 20.

Barnstable at 4-0 was up for the challenge, as the teams traded leads through the first half. The Vineyard’s full-court press in the second half  proved to be the difference, as MV limited Barnstable to just 13 points, resulting in a 54-39 victory. A balanced Vineyard scoring attack was led by Lukah Veira with 14 points, Dylan Dyke with 9, and Mike Habekost with 8.

In game two, Plymouth South fought back from a 23-point deficit before falling to Martha’s Vineyard 58-45. Ten Vineyarders contributed on the offensive end, including Caio Reiss off the bench with 6 points.

This past weekend, the Vineyard traveled to Tabor Academy for the Rochester annual Christmas tournament. Without lead scorer Dylan Dyke, the Vineyard won each of their three games, improving their overall season record to 13-1.

In game one, MV jumped out to an early lead against Sandwich and held on to win 54-50. Super sub Mike Habekost came off the bench to lead the Vineyard with 24 points. Lukah Veira added 14 points, and Matt Morris chipped in with 8.

In game two, again the Vineyard jumped out to an early lead against Bridgewater, and had to fight to win by the score of 41-36. The resilient Vineyard team relied on their patented full-court press to beat the bigger Bridgewater opponents. Jeremy Regan led the scoring with 12 points, and Talon Russillo added 8.

In game three, the Vineyard found themselves facing Sandwich for a second time. Although the Vineyard led throughout, they found themselves behind 46-42 with one minute left in the game. Two late buckets by Jared and Jeremy Regan resulted in a tie game at the buzzer. The two-minute overtime was in the Vineyard’s hands. Defensive pressure by Owen Porterfield led to quick hoops by Jared Regan and Habekost, which resulted in a 52-48 championship victory.