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Valley Tech Boys Fall in Districts

The Valley Tech basketball team saw its season come to an end Monday night in the opening round of the Division III district tournament with a 63-52 loss to Murdock. The Beavers had a 26-24 halftime lead, but were done in by seven three-pointers for the home team in the second half. Murdock closed out the third quarter with an 8-0 run and did not look back.
Junior point guard Marcus Mesquitta turned in an exceptional effort for BVT. He filled up the stat sheet with 17 points, 12 rebounds, five assists, four steals, and three blocked shots. "He really had a great game," said Valley Tech head coach Jim Kahler, whose team closed out the season 10-11. "He was all over the place all night."
Mesquitta was just continuing what he had done down the stretch. A little more than a week before the first round exit, Valley Tech had its back against the wall when it came to simply qualify for postseason play. The Beavers were 7-10 with three games to play and needed to win all three in order to make the tournament.
BVT picked up a crucial 59-44 victory over for Nashoba Tech to start its season ending surge. The Beavers then took home the title in the Future Farmers of America tournament, beating Franklin County and Norfolk Aggie to get to the .500 mark. In addition to Mesquitta, who averaged 13 points per game over the last three, the Beavers also received big performances from Isaiah King who averaged 15 points per game during that stretch.
"We have dealt with some injuries this season and really had to change the way we play," said Kahler. "We switched our defense to a high-pressure man-to-man and relied on our guards more on both sides of the ball."
The aggressive defense, coupled with strong rebounding, served BVT well down the stretch and aided in the transition game. In the 71-52 win over Franklin County, the Beavers had 26 fast-break points. "We used to be quite the post team, but I really do feel we are a good shooting team as well," said Kahler. "We sped it up a bit, and applied a little more pressure. It was outlet and go, and of course things are usually great when the ball is going in."
This is the second straight season that the Beavers have lost in the first round against Murdock, but given the circumstances, simply qualifying for postseason play was an accomplishment in itself. "Things definitely started to gel at the end of the season," said Kahler. "Guys were thrown into new roles and we had to switch up the offense and defense, but we definitely hit our stride at the end and that's always a great time to hit it."




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