Falling behind 16-2 just five minutes into the game, and trailing 20-7 by the end of the first quarter, the Stoughton High boys' basketball team never recovered from a slow start, losing 61-41 to Hingham in the championship game of the 2012 Blue Devils Holiday Classic Sunday afternoon at Randolph High.
Hingham extended its lead to 37-17 by the half and 51-20 by midway through the third quarter. Stoughton went on an 11-0 run, which spanned the end of the third and start of the fourth, but Hingham quickly ended any hopes of an improbable comeback.
"Just a disaster from before it started to when it ended for the most part," Stoughton coach John Gallivan said.
"A couple of kids I thought did ok - Matty Mack had another good performance, Michael Gallagher played hard. Lester [Riley], for a freshman, his first varsity game, he was ok. Other than that, we weren't ready to play and they clearly were and the better team won the game."
The Black Knights are now 2-3 on the season.
Stoughton was without the services of its top defender and all-around player, senior captain Marcus Middleton, who was sidelined with a left ankle injury sustained towards the end of the third quarter of .
The Blue Devils Holiday Classic opened Thursday and the finals were originally scheduled for Saturday, but the snowstorm postponed the conclusion of the two-game tournament to Sunday afternoon. Even with the delay, Middleton was not going to be able to play, Gallivan said.
"We knew he wasn't playing whether it was [Saturday] or [Sunday]," Gallivan said. "We're hoping to have him for Franklin on Friday."
Joe Bunce-Grenon paced Stoughton against Hingham, scoring 13 points, the only Stoughton player in double figures. Bunce-Grenon was named to the all-tournament team. He had a monster effort Thursday vs. Natick in the tournament opener, with 23 points (including 9 of 12 from the free throw line) and 17 rebounds, 14 of which were on the defensive end, while adding 3 blocks.
Riley scored 8 points vs. Hingham, while Andrew Valle added 6, Stanley Sajous had 5, Gallagher had 4, Oliveira had 3 and Joey Wilder had 2.
Hingham was led by tournament MVP Eddie Bowler, who scored 19 points in Sunday's championship.
Stoughton is off until Friday, Jan. 4 when the Black Knights return to Hockomock League action hosting Franklin.