Vineyarders sink Whalers, fall to Clippers in boys hoops

Balanced offense and tough rebounding stop Nantucket; poor shooting the culprit in Falmouth.

Rammon Dos Santos shoots.– Jeremy Driesen

Nico Depaula and Rammon Dos Santos scored 16 points apiece, Aiden Rogers had 13, and Mike Trusty added 10 more to lift the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School boys basketball team to a 61-51 win over Nantucket in Cape and Islands League Atlantic Division play, Monday afternoon at the Sancy Pachico Gym in Oak Bluffs.

The Vineyarders (6-4 overall and in league play) found themselves in an early 8-2 hole, but righted the ship quickly with a 6-0 run of their own, and forged ahead to lead 15-10 by the end of the first quarter on a Mike Trusty three-pointer.

MV started the second period on a 10-2 run, and led 31-17 at halftime.

Nantucket fought back with a 12-3 run in the third quarter, but the Vineyarders stiffened and kept their lead between seven and nine points for the remainder of the period.

In the final quarter, Depaula, Dos Santos, Trusty, and Ty Mathew heated up to put the lead back in double digits and close out the win.

“We just couldn’t pull away, couldn’t string together enough good possessions to get up by 18 or 19 and really feel comfortable,” Vineyard Coach Mike Joyce said. “It was good, balanced scoring for us, though, with four guys in double digits.”

In the end, the Vineyarders used their size to their advantage to quell the Whalers attack. Rammon Dos Santos finished with 14 rebounds, and Nico Depaula had 10. Nantucket was most dangerous from the outside, and kept themselves in contention with eight three-pointers, but it wasn’t enough. Malik Bodden led the Whalers and all scorers with 18 points.

“Our length definitely was the difference in the game, between Nico and Rammon really doing a job on defense and on the glass,” Coach Joyce said.

In the JV game, Nate Story poured in 24 points, 18 in the third quarter, to lead MV to a 59-22 win over Nantucket. Geo Meikle scored eight points and Josh Lake had seven.

In Falmouth on Tuesday, the Vineyarders ran out to an 11-2 lead before senior center Rammon Dos Santos left the game with an injury, after stepping down on a Falmouth player’s foot. The Purple carried on, and led 24-14 at the half, but struggled offensively thereafter.

“We just missed too many shots,” Coach Joyce said. “You’re not going to win many games with 41 points. Our offense just couldn’t find the range at all, especially late in the game.”

Aiden Rogers led MV with 12 points, and Mattheus Rodrigues had eight.

MV concludes the regular season at home on Friday with a senior day game against Dennis-Yarmouth. The JV game starts at 2:45 pm, followed by the varsity game at 4. A win over D-Y would likely give the Vineyarders a home game to start the Cape and Islands League tournament, which is set to begin on Monday.



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