The West Tisbury Hawks visited the Oak Bluffs Blazers in a boys middle school basketball tilt Tuesday afternoon at the Oak Bluffs School. The Hawks came into the contest at 2-0 with wins over the Charter School and Tisbury, but the Blazers, playing their first game of the season, served notice from the opening tip that they are a team to reckon with. Oak Bluffs scored the first seven points of the game, led by as many as 18, and grounded the Hawks, 38-29.
The Blazers stifled the West Tisbury attack with a tenacious pressure defense, and built up a 24-6 lead with four minutes left in the first half. The Hawks battled back with a 14-4 run to trail 28-20 early in the second half, but they would get no closer.
“It was our first game, we knew it could be tough.” Oak Bluffs Coach Alex McCluskey said. “In the second half, we did a lot of scoreboard watching, and we got away from what got us there, which was the trap and the pressure. Not bad, though, against the toughest team that was out there. That was a good team. I’ll take it, but we’re going to be a better team by the end of the season.”
Nick Rego had the hot hand for the Blazers with 12 points, including a pair of treys. Luke Yuhas scored eight points, Richie Combra and Ryan Coster had seven apiece, and Kaio Silva chipped in four. Nate Story scored 12 points to lead West Tisbury, followed by Jack Lionette (7), Cam Napior (3), Christian Carroll (3), Parker Bradley (2), and Tobey Roberts (2). Story and Lionette each chalked up a three-pointer.
In girls play on Tuesday, the Tisbury Tigers evened their record at 1-1 with a 35-25 win over visiting Edgartown. Isabelle Ribeiro was the top cat with 18 points, and Paige Anderson paced the Eagles with 12.