MVRHS boys hoops draws Stang in tourney opener

EAC rivals will tipoff at the Sancy this Thursday.

Trae Rezendes keeps pace with Nick Bond.

Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School (MVRHS) received the eighth seed in the south sectional round of the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) state high school boys basketball tournament.

The Vineyarders will face familiar foe Bishop Stang in first-round play on Thursday, March 2, at 4:30 pm at the Sancy Pachico Gym on the MVRHS campus in Oak Bluffs. If the Vineyarders win on Thursday, they play again on Saturday at the Sancy against either top seed Norwell, or the winner of the Westport v. Dennis-Yarmouth game. Westport and Dennis Yarmouth are seeded 16 and 17 respectively in the sectionals.

MVRHS will face Stang for the third time this season. The evenly matched squads split the two-game regular-season matchups, and finished as co-champs of the Eastern Athletic Conference, with 6-2 league records. They have identical 14-6 overall records.

The Vineyarders received the eighth seed by virtue of a lottery draw among five schools that tied for the eighth seed in a very competitive seventeen-team field.

The Vineyarder girls varsity basketball team (9-11) finished one win short of qualifying for the tournament, dropping their final two games in which top scorer Molly deBettencourt was sidelined by injury.