Men’s Basketball Rolling in Region
Three-Pointers Lead Cougars to Victory
(Wellesly, MA) - Men's basketball won their regional home game on Thursday night, defeating Mass Bay CC 72-67. The Cougars sunk a dozen three-pointers in the contest, propelling them to victory. Holyoke has won four of their past five regional matchups, shooting them up the New England regional standings.
Michael Castillo (Northampton, MA / Northampton HS) once again spearheaded the offense, tallying a double-double, as he did during the Cougars' last win. Castillo scored 18 points, including four three-pointers, and brought down ten rebounds. Deven Rivera (Holyoke, MA / Holyoke HS) scored a season-high 14 points and dished out ten assists to earn his first double-double of the season. Rivera shot 4 for 5 from the free throw line and sank a pair of three-pointers. Jequan Rogers (Springfield, MA / Sabis HS) had 14 points and Ozzy Santos (Springfield, MA / Sabis HS) scored 12, including a trio of three-pointers.
The Cougars have a 6-5 regional record and a 6-8 overall record. They currently hold onto a playoff spot in the middle of the pack in the New England standings. Holyoke will host three regional home games this upcoming week on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday - February 4th, 6th and 8th. Tuesday's matchup is against Ben Franklin Institute at 8pm. Thursday will be the second game of a doubleheader at 8pm against Bristol CC with the Lady Cougars playing against Bristol at 6pm. Saturday, the Cougars welcome the top team in New England, CC of Rhode Island, at 3pm. Let's go Cougars!
Photos: (Main) Rivera gets in good defensive position during a recent home game. (Thumbnail) Castillo moves his feet to get open under the hoop.