A huge fourth quarter, fueled by junior Aaron Calixte, allowed Stoughton to pull away in the final minutes of an exciting divisional matchup. Calixte scored a game-high 26 points, half of which came in the final quarter, and recorded six assists, as well as his first-ever dunk in a Stoughton jersey.
“They started to go to man, one-on-one and it opened up for me so I could drive to the basket,” Calixte said about his fourth quarter effort.
“Clutch,” senior Raymond Bowdre said of Calixte. “He had to do that, he’s one of our best players.
Bowdre put in his best game of the year, netting 4 points but more importantly pulling down a team-high 11 rebounds.
“I had to work hard and body the people in the paint,” Bowdre said. “We knew that Oliver Ames hustles and we know they’re aggressive.”
“Once we had to come out of our scheme and match them up man, we had problems,” OA head coach Don Byron said. “Calixte is just a handful for one kid. Even with a lot help, he’s just a handful to try and guard.”
Stoughton jumped out to a 9-0 lead to start the game and never surrendered it. Despite the final score, it was a tight contest throughout.
“We got just enough stops and just enough big plays out of guys that start and guys that come off the bench,” Stoughton head coach John Gallivan said. “Everyone’s going to think it was easy, but it was hard.”
Senior Steffan Jackson also had a solid night for Stoughton, especially on the glass (10 rebounds) and defensive end (4 blocks).
“It feels good to help out my team,” Jackson said. “Coach talked to us this past week in practice [about] working on the rebounds.”
Oliver Ames has dominated opponents on the glass this season and it was a big focal point for Stoughton coming into the game.
“[Luke] Babbitt and [Alex] Tepper are wide, strong kids and they were just driving us under the hoop,” Gallivan said. “I thought late in the game we did a nice job of limiting them to one shot.”
“Marcus did a great job,” Gallivan said of his defensive effort on Bruha. “We felt like we had to make [Bruha] earn every point. He’s a great player, he was a problem for us in ninth grade and he’s still a problem for us.”
Stoughton improves to 6-0 and now stands as the only undefeated team in the Hockomock.
Stoughton will host Mansfield on Monday while the Tigers will host the Panthers of Franklin.