Attleboro Boys' Basketball Beats Stoughton in Season Opener

Stoughton High's Stanley Sajous looks for an opening in the Attleboro defense. Photo by Michael Hardman
Stoughton High's Stanley Sajous looks for an opening in the Attleboro defense. Photo by Michael Hardman
By Michael Hardman

After a slow start, the Attleboro High boys' basketball team was able to bottle up Stoughton offensively on its way to a 60-49 win in the season opener at Stoughton High Friday night.

Senior Tim Walsh led the way for the Bombardiers with a 22-point effort, while
teammate E.J. Santarpio added 18.

Sophomore Brandon Teixeira was the high scorer for the Black Knights with 14 points.

Final scoring: Atttleboro: Clark, 6, Dunn 4, Breaubrun 6, Reardon 2, Walsh 22, Santarpio, 18, Murphy 2. Stoughton: Gallagher 6, Teixeira, 14, Sajous 8, Wilder 7, Manning 2, Swain-Price 6, Werman 4, Milavec 2.

Starting lineups: Stoughton: Mike Gallagher, Dennis Rebelo, Brandon Teixeira, Stanley Sajous and Joey Wilder. Attleboro:Brandon Clark, Luke Morrison, Tim Walsh, EJ Santarpio and Kyle Murphy.

In the first quarter: Stoughton jumped out a 24-13 lead behind the Brandon Teixeria, who made four 3 - pointers and added a basket for 14 points. At the buzzer, the Black Knights' Sam Werman hit a three-pointer. Tim Walsh had a big first quarter for Attleboro with nine points.

In the second quarter: Attleboro was able to cut Stoughton's lead to five points, losing, 28-23, at the half. The Black Knighters were held to just four points in the quarter. The Bombardiers were able to cut the lead to four points as Stanley Beaubrun connected on a three-pointer to make it 26-23, in favor of Stoughton.

Scoring in the first half:
Stoughton:Gallagher 2, Texeiria 11, Sajous 2, Wilder 4, Swain-Price 3, Werman 3, Milavec, 2; Attleboro: Beaubrun 3, Reardon 3, Walsh, 13, Santarpio, 2, Murphy 2.

In the third quarter: Attleboro took the lead for the first time and led at the end of the end of the frame at 43-39. The Bombardiers tied the score at 30 on a basket by Brandon Clark and then took the lead on score by Santarpio. Stoughton was held to six points as the Bombardiers used their size advantage against the Black Knights.

Coaches' Quotes:
Stoughton varsity assistant coach Steve Goulston (filling in for head coach John Gallivan, who is out with a back injury.) We did everything we wanted to do, emphasized protecting the ball. We played well in the first half. They made adjustments in the second half. They took Brandon Teixeira out of his shooting and we couldn't find any offense. We only had four points in the third quarter and we had to scramble.
"We tried to take (Walsh) out of the game (as) he torched us in the first half. You take away one, but they had (Santarpio) to come and beat us in the second. (Walsh) comes off screens better than anyone I've seen. He's ready to shoot and he's lights out and doesn't miss. He's a great player." 

Attleboro head coach Mark Houle: "We're trying to be a very good defensive team this year and that first quarter certainly wasn't an indication of where we want to be. In the second quarter, we gave up four points and that kind of set the stage for the rest of the game. After we found out what the better match-ups were in the second quarter and turned up the intensity defensively that kinda of got us going. That's the kind of game we have to play."

Next Games: Stoughton will be hosting Sharon, while Attleboro will be hosting Mansfield.
Steve Hopkins January 10, 2014 at 11:01 AM
Great game action photos from the Varsity vs Feehan game are here: http://bit.ly/19ulBZJ Enjoy! by Steve Hopkins Photography


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