HARWICH – The Monomoy boys basketball team not only earned a spot in the playoffs with recent wins, but also clinched a share of the Cape and Islands League Championship with its Monday night victory against Cape Cod Tech.
On Valentine's Day the Sharks hosted Sturgis West, employing smothering defense in a commanding 64-29 Senior Night win that saw the Sharks pull ahead early, leading 17-6 after the first quarter. Aidan Melton was the star of the show for three solid quarters in the game, netting 20 points to lead his team.
The second quarter saw the home team continue dominating as they outscored the visitors 18-9 to take a 35-15 advantage into the break.
The second half saw promising play from the bench as Monomoy continued its reign, adding another 20 points to its tally in the third and another nine in the final quarter on shots from Trevor Russell, Jamie Routhier, and David Malone.
Routhier and Jason Ready each had eight points in the game, while senior Chris Hall, Russell and Joe DeMango each added five points. Senior Isaiah Stafford had four points, and Bradley Alexis two.
Head coach Keith Arnold was pleased with the win.
“Not surprisingly these kids can focus when they have to,” he said. “Coming off an active, nice win last night [against Cape Cod Academy] that was close until the fourth quarter when we put it together, for them to come in less than 24 hours later, it was a matter of getting them to be focused and stay focused.”
Arnold was especially pleased with his bench.
“It's come a long way this season,” he said.
Arnold gave kudos to the team's seniors, Stafford and Hall, both captains.
“They've been with us for three years,” he said. “Isaiah's the glue, and Chris has improved immensely in the last year and a half.”
He also had high praise for other key contributors, including Melton.
“Aidan, last night and tonight, has come of age, if you will,” Arnold said. “There's a little more hop to his step, a little more activity. But they all mesh well together.”
The Sharks endured a tough loss to Nantucket on Feb. 16, falling 61-39 in a game that saw Monomoy take a short-lived lead at the start before being overtaken by the Whalers. Stafford and Routhier each had eight points in the outing, while Hall had seven and Ready six.
On Monday night the Sharks traveled across town to face the Crusaders, coming away with a 76-47 win and a share of the League title. Once again, Melton was the shining star with 17 points, while DeMango scored 13 for the visiting Sharks, with Jack Derosier coming away with a game-high 23 points for the Crusaders.
On Wednesday the Sharks were set to host Nantucket, with their final regular season game slated for tonight (Feb. 21) against Barnstable with a 6:30 p.m. start.