By Kevin McCaskill Jr.
3/4/22 * 2:20 PM
(SOUTH END, SPRINGFIELD) - Holbrook made their second journey to Western Mass. for the MIAA State Tournament. On Tuesday, Holbrook beat Mount Everett in Berkshire County.
On Thursday, Holbrook was on the road in Springfield to play Baystate Academy. Baystate Academy got a bye as the #2 seed in Division 5.
Baystate led the entire game. The first half was close mainly due to Baystate mistakes. They allowed too many drives in the middle of the “Baystate” zone. They were also committing some unforced turnovers. Holbrook was very active on the offensive glass. They got multiple shots on a lot of their possessions.
At halftime, Baystate led 23-16. Baystate made enough stops on defense to hold Holbrook to 16 points. Baystate’s offense did just enough to keep space between them and Holbrook.
Baystate continued to widen their lead in the second half. They finally matched the energy Holbrook was playing with.
Holbrook missed a lot of shots that could have kept them closer. Once Baystate limited Holbrook to one shot on a possession, Baystate had the game in hand.
Baystate beat Holbrook 50-39 and advances in the Division 5 playoffs.
Travis Jordan scored 16 points. Dion Byrd Jr. scored 8.
After the game, I spoke with Baystate HC Dion Byrd Sr.
The game got rescheduled twice. How did your team prepare for this game?
“The kids weren’t aware of the scheduling conflicts; we kept that away from them. We had a pretty good three days of preparation for the game”.
Your team didn’t attempt as many 3s as usual tonight. Was that by design or the kids just weren’t ‘pulling the trigger’?
“They just weren’t pulling the trigger tonight. We never limit our three point shots, thats our game-plan. They just didn’t pull ‘em tonight”.
Baystate plays the winner of Prospect Hill Academy @ Pioneer Valley.
(Travis Jordan finishes through contact)
(Dion Byrd Jr. to Travis Jordan for an easy layup)