MVRHS boys hoops fall in Apponequet tourney opener

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The Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School varsity boys basketball team dropped the opener of the second annual Mitch Kuliga Classic in Lakeville to Bishop Stang by an 80-59 count.

After a close 35-33 halftime score, Stang exploded for 45 second-half points to win going away.

The 10-win tourney-bound Vineyarders take on Apponequet in the consolation game on Wednesday afternoon at 3 pm in Lakeville.

At 5 pm, Stang, ranked 16th in the state by the Boston Globe, takes on 17th-ranked Wareham for the tournament championship. Wareham beat Apponequet handily by a 74-66 count in the Monday afternoon prelims.