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Cardinal Spellman takes D3 state title defeating Tyngsboro 61-51

Cardinal Spellman players celebrate D3 state title

Cardinal Spellman players celebrate D3 state title

Ryan Roach dribbles out the clock

Ryan Roach dribbles out the clock

(Worcester MA) Cardinal Spellman 61, Tyngsboro 51.

I know it’s illogical but this wasn’t a ten-point game.  Anyone viewing at the DCU will tell you that.

Tyngsboro trailed by eleven (53-42) with four minutes left but put together a streak of eight straight (two layups Austin Coene/ four free throws Drew Hurynowicz) to get within one possession (53-50) with 2:13 remaining.

This was anyone’s game with the Division 3 title going to the winner.

The game turned in the Cardinals favor on one play.  The undersized Tigers (tallest player 6-1) were victimized by a perfectly executed lob-and-dunk (Ryan Roach to Rory Donovan) that stopped Tyngsboro’s run and set the CS crowd into a frenzy.

Ryan Roach (14 points) hits a last-minute runner in the lane

Ryan Roach (14 points) hits a last-minute runner in the lane

Now up by five (55-50), the Cardinals (22-4) would add to their lead when Ryan Roach hit a runner in the lane with 1:04 left.

Austin Coene missed twice and after each miss the ball ended up in Austin Joseph’s hands and he was fouled.

The CS senior connected four straight times in ten seconds to restore the eleven-point edge (61-50) with thirty-five seconds left.  David Walker made a free throw with eleven second remaining to close out the scoring.

The hero of the day?  I haven’t even mentioned him yet: Collin Sullivan.

Collin Sullivan (four 3-pointers)

Collin Sullivan (four 3-pointers)

In the state semifinals, Collin played 2+ minutes with no shots.  In this game, the 6-2 sophomore was pressed into action in the first half after Brian Donohoe and Joey Crane got into foul trouble.

Before the game was over Collin had connected from long range four times giving the Cardinals twelve unexpected points.

Coach Michael Perry did say afterward that he thought going in that Collin might have a chance against Tyngsboro’s zone defense.  Coach Perry added that Collin wasn’t afraid to shoot.

Collin swished two of those 3’s during the Cardinals 16-1 run that lifted them from a 25-22 deficit (3:46 second period) to a 38-26 lead (5:16 third period).

Cardinal Spellman never gave back the lead after that although things got real tight leading up to the final two minutes.

Ryan Roach (3), Brian Donohoe (4), and Rory Donovan (3) added the other points in the separating 16-1 segment.

Drew Hurynowicz (24 points)

Drew Hurynowicz (24 points)

Sophomore Drew Hurynowicz (24 points) and junior Austin Coene (18 points) carried the Tyngsboro offense.  Both of them had the knack of getting to the basket.  Drew had fourteen points in the first half including consecutive three’s in the first quarter that put the Tigers in front, 12-9.

Ryan Roach topped the Cardinals in scoring with fourteen points.

Cardinal Spellman clicked from long distance eight times.  Collin had four, Ryan two, and Austin Joseph & Joey Crane one each.

Tough game for Joey Crane.  The senior had twenty points in the Watertown win but was a foul magnet in this one.

The Tigers (23-3) had won eleven straight.

I was very impressed with Tyngsboro’s zone defense.  They shifted quickly and forced CS to the perimeter most of the time.

Austin Coene (18 points) goes between Ryan Roach and Joey Crane

Austin Coene (18 points) goes between Ryan Roach and Joey Crane

One stat that will haunt the Tigers for a while was their free throw shooting……….16-for-24.

Tyngsboro represented the Central Division.  The Central has won the D3 state title only eleven times since the tournament started 52 years ago.  Whitinsville Christian was the most recent in 2011.  Crusaders coach Jeff Bajema and his son Taylor, who starred for that team, took in the Cardinal Spellman/Tyngsboro game.

My eyes are old but I swear that in the last minute I saw Ryan Roach dribble through a Tyngsboro players legs to get by him in the backcourt.

Cardinal Spellman box

Tyngsboro box

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Austin Coene (18 points)

Austin Coene (18 points)

Rory Donovan (11 points) gets inside for two

Rory Donovan (11 points) gets inside for two

Austin Joseph (4 free throws in last minute)

Austin Joseph (4 free throws in last minute)

Drew Hurynowicz, Ben Foley, David Walker, Austin Coene, Jake Keenan

Drew Hurynowicz, Ben Foley, David Walker, Austin Coene, Jake Keenan

Joey Crane gets fifth foul

Joey Crane gets fifth foul

reaching for a rebound

reaching for a rebound

Drew Hurynowicz leads a break

Drew Hurynowicz leads a break

Brian Donohoe

Brian Donohoe

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St. Mary’s routs Hoosac Valley 74-36 to take Division 3 state title

Brianna Rudolph, Jennie Mucciarone, and Sharell Sanders with D3 state title trophy

Brianna Rudolph, Jennie Mucciarone, and Sharell Sanders with D3 state title trophy

(Worcester MA) Hoosac Valley’s plan was to use their speed, force turnovers and make three’s.

Those three had carried the Hurricanes to a 23-win season.

Then along came St. Mary’s in the Division 3 state finals on Saturday morning at the DCU Center in Worcester.

Brianna Rudolph, Sharell Sanders, and Jennie Mucciarone on the break

Brianna Rudolph, Sharell Sanders, and Jennie Mucciarone on the break

Nothing worked for the team from Cheshire and they were buried by the Spartans from Lynn, 74-36, ending a seventeen-game winning streak.

Brianna Rudolph starts to drive

Brianna Rudolph starts to drive

Before the game I had a chat with someone who hadn’t seen St. Mary’s play.  I told them that I doubted that Hoosac Valley had faced a player like Brianna Rudolph.  (I had seen Brianna carry St. Mary’s past Archbishop Williams, 47-45, in the D3 state semi-finals.)

It didn’t take Brianna (Division 1 UMass Lowell commit) long to prove my point.  The Spartans broke away from the Hurricanes in the first three minutes with Brianna (26 points) tallying eight straight – three layups and a jump shot.

That run in the first period gave St. Mary’s (24-2) their initial separation and there was no looking back.

Jen Gale eyes the hoop

Jen Gale eyes the hoop

The ‘Canes were able to stem the tide a couple of times but the lead kept growing.

The Spartans, winners of nine straight, had point runs of: eight, ten, thirteen, eight, and nine.

The only run that the Lady Canes from the Berkshire Country League put together was eight, late in the final quarter.  Three’s by freshman Kailynne Frederick and Maddie Ryan keyed those consecutive points.  Those were the only 3’s Hoosac Valley would get.

This game went from “still undecided” to “out-of-reach,” four minutes into the second half.  During a five minute stretch, starting with a minute left in the second quarter, St. Mary’s outscored the Lady Canes, 21-2, on their way to a 53-19 advantage with twelve minutes of playing time left.

Gianna Moschella (14 points) looks for a rebound along side #22 Maddie Ryan

Gianna Moschella (14 points) looks for a rebound along side #22 Maddie Ryan

Jennie Mucciarone had a layup and three assists in the big run.  Reserve Gianna Moschella added an old-fashioned three and two layups.

Softball has a mercy rule and I couldn’t help thinking that the need for those final twelve minutes to be played (with a team down 34) didn’t seem necessary.  But it was played and St. Mary’s won, 74-36.

It was obvious early on that HV was not going to be able to force the Spartans into turnovers that would lead to quick baskets.  Too many good passers and dribblers on the St. Mary’s team.

Unable to turn pressure into scores the Lady Canes fell back into a half-court defense that had no answers for the take-it-to-the-basket Spartans.

Senior Sharell Sanders ended up with thirteen points including eleven in the first half.  The terrific point guard will be playing for Division 2 Caldwell College (New Jersey) next season.

Sharell Sanders (13 points) finds a direct route to the basket

Sharell Sanders (13 points) finds a direct route to the basket

Another Spartans senior, Jennie Mucciarone sat out the second period with three fouls but was big in St. Mary’s pull away in the second half.  Jennie will play at Division 3 Tufts next season.

Brianna Rudolph (26 points) ended her Spartans career in wonderful fashion.  She was part of a man-to-man defense that had HV going east-to-west in the front court most of the game.  Brianna will be at UMass Lowell in the fall.

Sophomores Kayla Carter (10 points) and Gianna Moschella (14 points) would suggest that the well is far from dry at St. Mary’s.

Maddie Ryan paced Hoosac Valley with ten points.

There was never a lack of effort on HV’s part.  They finish 23-2.

St. Mary’s boxscore

Hoosac Valley’s boxscore

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McKenzie Robinson

McKenzie Robinson

Spartans coach Jeff Newhall with Brianna Rudolph afterwards

Spartans coach Jeff Newhall with Brianna Rudolph afterwards

team picture afterwards

team picture afterwards

Fallon Field drives on Sophia Holmes

Fallon Field drives on Sophia Holmes

Sharell Sanders

Sharell Sanders

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