Wamogo repeats as BL boys tournament champ
Wamogo's Garrett Sattazahn cuts a piece of the net after the Warriors defeated Northwestern in the Berkshire League tournament championship game at Wamogo on Wednesday.
Below, Sattazahn celebrates with teammates Reid Turtoro, left, and Sean Coffey. John McKenna photos
Wamogo's 50-41 win over Northwestern in the Berkshire League boys basketball tournament Wednesday wasn't easy and certainly wasn't pretty, but all that matters is that coach Gregg Hunt's club came out on top to capture the tourney title for the second consecutive year.
The Warriors (19-4) outscored Northwestern, the league's regular-season champion, 7-0 in overtime to win going away. Next for the BL's hottest team is a Division V state tournament second-round meeting at home on March 7.
"We're playing our best ball at the right time of the year," Hunt said. "You always want to be better in March than February and I like where we are right now."
Garrett Sattazahn gave the full house plenty to cheer about with a triple-double of 12 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists. He also controlled the ball in overtime after the Warriors gained the lead.
"It was tough, it was physical and it was stressful going into overtime, but we pulled it out and the feeling is amazing," Sattazahn said. "Winning in our own gym was great and gives us momentum for the state tournament. Let's just keep it going."
Ethan Collins added 14 points for Wamogo and Sean Coffey had 11 points, 13 rebounds and six assists. Cole Higgins added eight points. His three-point field goal at the start of overtime put Wamogo ahead for good. Coffey followed with a layup and the Warriors were on their way against a tiring and depleted Northwestern team missing four players.
Wamogo looked to be in control with a 34-26 lead after three quarters, but the Highlanders roared back to tie it at 37-37 and then take a 39-37 lead with 4:28 left. A basket by Collins made it 41-41 to set up overtime. Both teams were unable to capitalize on chances near the end of regulation.
Wamogo outrebounded the taller and more beefy Highlanders, 40-31, despite Hunt employing what amounted to a five-guard offense much of the night. The lineup allowed the Warriors to control the ball and make the Highlanders chase on defense, although Hunt wasn't pleased by the number of turnovers his team committed.
"This one was tougher," Hunt said in comparing this year's title to last year's. "No one expected it last year, but this year the pressure was on us. We had to grind it out all the way."
Berkshire League tournament champions for the second straight year.
Cole Higgins, a huge contributor to the win, watches as the net is cut down.
Garrett Sattazahn drives past Zack Penn.
The always steady Ethan Collins came through with 14 points.