Recreation basketball season ends on a strong note

Mar 24, 2022

MATTAPOISETT — The Tri-Town Recreation Basketball League season came to a strong end Wednesday, March 23 during finals night at the Old Rochester Regional High School gymnasium.

The league features players from Marion, Mattapoisett and Rochester and is run by the Marion and Mattapoisett recreation departments. 

More than 200 players registered for three leagues.

The first game of the night was the Girls League finals, with Team Sky coached by Amy Hartley-Matteson and Dena Xifaras facing Team Fever, coached by Jon Root.  

Fever was up 6-4 at the end of the first quarter. Sky had a strong second quarter to end up 14-12 at halftime. Both teams battled hard, with the score tied at 20 at the end of the third quarter.

In the last quarter Sky came up with a few key baskets to win the game 28-24. High scorers for Sky were Zoe Papadakis with 14 points and Erin Fahy with 10. 

Seven players scored for Fever. Scoring leaders were Leia Perez with six points and Bailee Cusick, Erin Root and Kamdyn Monteiro with four points. 

The Boys Third and Fourth Grade Finals were next. 

The Huskies, coached by Kevin Oliveira, played the Orangemen, coached by John Crouch and Greg Eitas. 

The Huskies went up 4-3 at the end of the first quarter. 

This was a defensive battle, with the score at the half Huskies 8, Orangemen 5. In the end the Huskies opened it up to win 18-11.  

High scorer for the Huskies was Nathaniel Grossman with eight points, while Ethan Perry had six points to lead the Orangemen.

The final game of the evening was the Boys Fifth and Sixth Grade finals, with the Spurs coached by Dave Nelson versus the Heat, coached by David Arancio. 

The game was a back-and-forth battle. The Heat came out strong to go up 11-4 at the end of the first quarter. Spurs rallied to get back in it and the score at the half was Heat 16, Spurs 11. 

At the end of regulation, the score was tied at 29. In two-minute overtime the Heat closed it out with a long pass play to win the game 35-33. 

The game high scorer was Connor Nelson with 15 points for the Spurs. High scorers for the Heat were Logan Oliveira with 12 points and Hudson Arancio with nine points.  

The season couldn’t have ended on a more exciting note, recreation officials said. They sent a huge thank you to all the volunteer coaches that make the program a success.