HYANNIS/HARWICH ─ Two games, two opponents, and 116 total points later, the Monomoy boys varsity basketball team has made its way to the MIAA Div. 4 South semifinals, thanks to big wins against Sturgis East in the first round and Southeastern Regional in the quarterfinals.
The noise was nothing short of deafening in the gym of the Hyannis Youth and Community Center last Thursday when the No. 9 Sharks faced the No. 8 Storm, playing to a thrilling 52-39 victory. Chris Mazulis led the way with 19 points for Monomoy, followed by Isaiah Stafford and Nick Meehan each with 10, Eli Nickerson with eight, and Kyle Charlot with six.
The Sharks outscored the Storm 15-5 in the opening quarter before Sturgis roared back in the second to tally 15 points to Monomoy's 12, but the Sharks were hungry and continued battling, taking a 40-32 lead into the final quarter, before netting 13 more points in the fourth for the win.
The Sharks returned home on Saturday night where they played to a commanding 64-40 victory against Southeastern Regional in the quarterfinals, this time led by Nickerson (14), Meehan (13), Stafford (12), and Mazulis (11). Sam Reed contributed 10 points, as well, with Charlot adding four.
After Monomoy took an early lead, Southeastern tied the score briefly at seven, but it was the last time they'd come close to overtaking the Sharks for the game's remainder. With fans clad all in white in support of the home team, Monomoy played to a 16-11 lead after the first quarter before taking a 10-point lead into the break. A 17-11 third bolstered the Sharks, with fans rushing to celebrate with the team after the final buzzer.
Monomoy travels to Sandwich Tuesday night (March 7) to face Old Colony in the semifinals with a 6:30 p.m. start. Watch this week's paper for a report on the game.