BOYLSTON — The Bromfield boys basketball team was in a tough spot as it traveled to Boylston for a meeting against high-scoring Tahanto. The Trojans needed a win to clinch an outright MidWach D championship and were facing the team immediately on its heels, minus injured starters Jeff Yates and Sean Thurston.
But on this night, the Trojans salted away the title with a high-scoring effort of its own, placing four players in double figures and rolling to an impressive 71-58 win.
A quick start was pivotal to the outcome as the Trojans built a 22-13 lead after one quarter. Bromfield led 39-32 at halftime and 55-44 after three quarters.
“Our shot selection was very good in the game as we hit 30 of 58 shots,” said Bromfield coach Tom Hill. “We worked the ball around and took advantage of the open shots we were able to get.”
But sharing the limelight with shooting was a strong team defensive effort, especially against Tahanto’s high-scoring Josh Igwenagu, who was held to 17 points in the contest.
“He scored only five points in the second half,” said Hill. “Our help defense was instrumental in not allowing him to get to the basket the way he usually does. This was a solid team effort both offensively and defensively.”
Senior forward Nick Ashe, who led the Trojans with 22 points, was crucial in the strong start, scoring 10 of his points in the first quarter. Jason Mandozzi, who earned a start, was also an early key, scoring all six of his points in the first eight minutes. Ashe connected on eight of 11 shots in the game.
Tahanto was able to get its offense going in the second quarter, scoring 19 points, but were able to only slice two points off Bromfield’s lead. Luke Broganer, who scored 14 points for the Trojans, came up big in the period with a trio of three-pointers.
Another key for the Trojans in the victory was solid free-throw shooting, as it connected on 13 of 16 in the game. Tahanto was hampered by a pair of technical fouls and Bromfield made the Stags pay, hitting all four of the freebies.
The Trojans added four points on to its advantage in the the third quarter, but the Stags hung tough and trailed by just seven past the midway point of the fourth quarter. But a costly turnover with a chance to slice into the lead proved to be the death knell for Tahanto.
Sam Shepherd started for the Trojans and scored 11 points on five of nine shooting, while point guard Brian McCullough ran the offense well and finished with 12 points. Matt Griffin and Ryan Kennedy each chipped in with four points.
Alex Sanginaro hit four three-pointers and scored 12 points for the Stags while Nate DiTommaso added 10 points.
Bromfield improved to 11-7 overall, including 8-2 in MidWach D.