Michael Patterson’s quick eight points sparked the Dracut Fifth Grade Boys Travel Basketball Team to an early 10-2 lead as the Middies (17-3) crushed Westford in a 55-24 rout. Dracut triggered the offensive outburst off their defense, which made multiple steals. The Grey Ghosts’ turnovers led to good transitional play by Dracut. Patterson had 10 points for the game. Also scoring for the Middies were Cam McCullough (14), Jeremy Gray (8), Colby Manzueta (8), Tyler Pacheco (5), Aise Pream (4), Mitchell Monette (4) and William Peters (2). Jovan Aigbekaen, Kevin Carney and Kyle Hould pulled down three rebounds apiece with Josh Hastie grabbing one as well.
Domination in the paint allowed the team to slide past Methuen 49-41 in a sloppy game. Every Middie player recorded a rebound with Cam McCullough (11), Colby Manzueta (11), Kevin Carney (7), Jeremy Gray (7), William Peters (7). Kyle Hould (2), Aise Pream (2), Tyler Pacheco (1), Josh Hastie (1), Michael Patterson (1) and Mitchell Monette (1) controlling the boards. Dracut led at the break 24-19 as they struggled at the free throw line and adjusted slowly to the Rangers’ give and go plays. The Middies extended their lead to double digits in the second half but couldn’t quite put Methuen away. Dracut had a 10 point lead with less than 3 minutes remaining, but several turnovers and shoddy passes let Methuen close the gap to 3 with 23 seconds to go before the 18-3 Middies seized the win.
Dracut overcame a poor shooting performance but still came out with the win against Andover. Dracut’s pressure full court defense was the difference in this close contest. Spencer Parsons came up with two key steals in the last minute to preserve the win. Meshach Dunn led the balanced Dracut offense with 10 points. Michael Odiana and Zack Burgoyne each contributed 7. Josh L’Heureux and Jaret Watson did a great job running the offense.
Leading scorers: Meshach Dunn, 10 points; Michael Odiana and Zack Burgoyne, 7 points each.
Great play: Jaret Watson and Josh L’Heureux.
Dracut played great defense in the final minutes of the game and in overtime to pull off the win. Dracut was trailing by 7 with fewer than two minutes to go but held Pelham scoreless until the final 10 seconds in overtime. Meshach Dunn and Michael Odiana led Dracut with 19 and 17 points respectively. Billy Tibbetts and Danny Silva were huge defensively with five steals each.
Leading scorers: Meshach Dunn, 19; Michael Odiana, 17
Steals: Billy Tibbetts and Danny Silva, five each.
Dracut lost a tough one against undefeated Methuen. Dracut got off to a slow start but roared back in the second half. Dracut trimmed Methuen’s lead to 4 with less than four minutes to go but Methuen made nine out of 10 free throws to ice the game. Leading Dracut’s offensive attack was Michael Odiana with 20 points. Meshach Dunn had 13 while Josh L’Heureux chipped in with 12. Also playing well for Dracut were Billy Tibbetts and Spencer Parsons.
Leading scorers: Michael Odiana, 20; Meshach Dunn 13; Josh L’Heureux, 12.
Great play: Billy Tibbetts and Spencer Parsons
Dracut roared out to a 15-point lead in the second half and held off a late Tewksbury run for the win. Dracut improved its record to 15-6 for the season. Leading Dracut’s balanced scoring attack was Ryan Leboeuf with 8 points, including two three-pointers. Also contributing offensively were Danny Silva, Michael Odiana and Zack Burgoyne, who had 7 points each. Keeping the Tewksbury big men in check were Evan Gys and Danny Tibbetts.
Leading scorers: Ryan Leboeuf, 8 points; Danny Silva, Michael Odiana and Zack Burgoyne, 7 points each
Great defense: Evan Gys and Danny Tibbetts