Three-Pointer Fuels Stoughton High Boys’ Basketball in Season-Opening Win

The Black Knights (1-0) beat Burlington 79-66 Tuesday evening on the road, hitting 16 three-pointers and overcoming an early deficit.

In a game that spotlighted , it was the efficient shooting of one team that stole the show.

The upended the Burlington Red Devils, 79-66, with tremendous shooting from beyond the arc, netting 16 three-pointers,

The Black Knights start the season 1-0, while Burlington now falls to 0-2.

“Shooting,” replied Stoughton head coach John Gallivan when asked what worked for his team Tuesday night on the road.

“If we shoot the three like that, everything seems easy; the middle opens up. The kids moved the ball well, they didn’t settle for a good shot when they could make an extra pass and get a great shot.”

Burlington head coach Tom Lyons shared the same sentiment as Gallivan.

“That’s one of the top teams I’ve ever seen come in here,” he said. “We stayed with them in the first quarter in terms of shooting. We shot the ball very well. But they just shot it well all night long.”

It looked as though things weren’t going to go the Black Knights’ way at first, as Burlington quickly jumped out to a 12-2 lead. Then Stoughton pulled a play from their bag of tricks, to set up Antonio “Nuke” Ferreira for an alley-oop.

“He’s night and day [from last year],” Gallivan said. “I thought his dunk early on was a big turning point. It kind of lit the spark a little bit.”

Stoughton went on a 21-7 run to close the first quarter, ending the period up 23-19. The Black Knights took a double-digit lead, 43-32, into the half. Burlington was unable to mount a comeback in the second half, with Stoughton coming away with the 13-point road victory.

Stoughton junior led all scorers with a career-high 28 points while classmates Aaron Calixte chipped in with 22 points, 6 assists, and 3 steals and Mauro Olivera added 15 points in his varsity debut.

“He’s a leader,” Gallivan said of Middleton. “Him and Aaron have been together forever. He just had a phenomenal game tonight, both offensively and defensively.”

For Middleton, he knew he would have to step up this year in the absence of , who graduated this past spring.

“As a captain, I thought I’d have to step up my scoring game,” he said. “I know people are going to come in knowing Aaron can score and do a lot of things. He’s a phenomenal player. I thought that I’d have to help him out and be more aggressive on offense.”

Senior captain Mark Melanson and sophomore Christien Morneweck led the Red Devils in scoring with 17 points apiece, while Gallivan’s son, Connor, who is the starting point guard and a captain for Burlington, finished with 7.

“I think Connor was looking forward to that,” Lyons said of son playing against father. “Connor’s a very competitive kid. I think he was looking forward to it. I really wasn’t, for the simple fact John knows all my kids. Saying that, I think Connor really enjoyed playing against his dad.”

Ferreira finished the game with 6 points, 8 rebounds, 2 blocks and 2 steals, while also altering many shots the Red Devils attempted. Though he didn’t score them, he had a direct effect on Stoughton’s ability to get looks from the perimeter.

“Nuke does so much,” Middleton said. “He’s such a big body; he’s tall, he’s lanky, he has a great leaping ability. When he’s down on the block, people have to know him as a threat so they have to sink down on him and that opens people up on the perimeter.”

When Stoughton fell behind early, they turned up their defensive pressure, applying a full-court trap.

“We’ve got two defensive backs from the football team in the second row [Middleton and Calixte] and that’s kind of what they need to be,” Gallivan said. “We’ve got two long guys in Mauro and Steffan [Jackson] in the front row and they force it to the second row guys.”

Stoughton will open up divisional and league play this Friday when they host the Foxboro Warriors.

“This Friday is going to be a big game,” Middleton said. “It’s the first division game, this game [Burlington] is behind us now. We need to go in and play hard and get the W.”


Check out video highlights from the game and postgame interviews in the media gallery above.

Fiscal Conservative December 14, 2011 at 06:11 PM
Hate the 3 point shot!!! Its ruined the game of basketball. What once was a spectacular team game has evolved into a game that is far less team orientated. I no longer watch a game played this way, I just don't think it is anywhere near as exciting as the days of the late 50's & 60's Celtics when they won using the team concept. Think about those teams, they consistantly scored well over 100 points a game. Today, far too many games are less than 100 points. Why? Team skills are far less!!! Meaning less teamwork, less exciting, less enjoyable for an oldtimer.
DarkKnight December 14, 2011 at 10:30 PM
Agreed. I also hate the kids with pants on the ground. Let's get some class
Stephen Mack December 17, 2011 at 12:29 PM
WOW, Fellas (FC, Darknight). I don't think either comment is neccesary after a pretty good opening win by our local BBall team. Just like our Football team, this years editon of SHS Basketball should be an excititng, this current JR. class has to be the most athletic class SHS has ever produced, and what a senior year it should be. What you should be doing is enjoying the ride (but reading your comments simply tells me neither of you is capable of enjoying much of anything). FC, I am the Biggest Sports Fan anyone will ever meet, and yes Basketball has changed, but so has everything else in our world. Wondering FC, do you still drive a 56 Chevy? Probably not. Things improve!!!! If you don't like the "New Game" stop watching, and breakout the old tapes from the 50's you'd have a much more enjoyable life. My goodness the kids win, and the only thing that comes to your mind is how much you hate the 3-point shot...talk about coming outta "left field" (shaking my head) wow....Every sport has changed.... Football has changed, I take it you don't like the Patriots today? You know they pass first and ask questions late don't you...You probably Hate Tom Brady, because in the 50-60's they ran the ball a lot..in football is use to be run the ball and play tough defensive, what's the cliche used to be. Defensive wins Championships, well thats changed you know. Today what wins is the quality of your quarterback....FC, times are changing, Back to The Future pal..
Stephen Mack December 17, 2011 at 12:47 PM
Darknight.. Your comment is just SICK... You said .... You HATE KIDS WITH PANTS ON THE GROUND. Dude, 1st) how were you raised where you find it easy to HATE...? 2ND) How does this comment even get into the sports section. You read an article about Stoughton First win of the season, and the first thing in your mind is that you hate a particular group of kids.... 3rd) maybe, you want these kids to be just like you right, Hey Teenager, PULL UP YOUR PANTS, USE THIS BELT, AND START HATING PEOPLE LIKE I DO....yeah, right...the world would certainly be a better place. I've mentored hundreds of kids in my adult life, I worked with a particular prominant Gang from Boston, of the first group of 12, (core leadership of the gang) 11 went on to college and Graduated, one even from an Ivy League School, all of them with PANTS ON THE GROUND, but what made a difference was not my hate, but MY LOVE.. your spending time on a computer and Hating is was waste of time, enery, 2 lives...wasting time HATING, is the greatest waste of time...
Fiscal Conservative December 17, 2011 at 02:57 PM
Con't: By the way, wish I had a 56 Chevy or for that matter, my 1st car a 57 Ford Fairlane Convertable. Both would be worth a whole lot more than the new ones today. I no longer watch much sports on TV. My life has evolved beyond "worshipping" pro athletes. You seem to. Read the book "Pros & Cons", its about the criminal element in the NFL, going back years, not just today. Used to go to 30-35 Sox games a year. Haven't gone since the strike of '94 when both players & owners showed they didn't care about the fans. I don'tbuy any licensed product of pro teams w/the logo, especially on youth stuff. The greedy owners & players get 17% of profits. Don't mind when they take from adults, but when they take from kids I draw the line. So, again, enjoy what you like, thats your right. My right is to do the same w/o your diatribe about my lifestyle. You must be a "left wing" liberal because you certainly don't seem to like people who don't see things your way. Whatever happened to "agree to disagree". Ain't in your perspective. Your views seem to be the only ones you view as correct. Thats OK. By the way, I've DVR'ed this weekend the College D-II, D-III & NAIA Football games. I enjoy watching players play the game who really play for the love of the games. 99.9% of these players have aspirations in other fields, unlike those who play in D-I, where many of the players don't graduate and are taking the seats in the classroom of much better qualified students
Fiscal Conservative December 17, 2011 at 02:57 PM
Stephen Mack As an SHS grad I wish all teams well. I just don't enjoy the style of ball that is being played today. I find nothing exciting about constant 3 point shots. To me, its lessened a team concept type of game. I no longer watch hoops on TV, haven't watched Final 4 in over 10 years. The game has changed. Its quicker, players are much bigger, yet, I find that skills are lacking compared to those who played in the past. You enjoy the game, I'll enjoy other activities (I still go & watch STOYAC games). By the way, many, many years ago, before SHS had all the sports they now have, I played for SHS during each season, so I feel I can speak on the changes in the games. You're from a different era. Enjoy the style you like. 50 years from now, you too, may not enjoy the way games are played. You probably don't remember...once upon a time there was a jump ball after every basket made, girls had 6 players on a team, 3 in the front court, 3 in backcourt. They had to stay there. Games evolve, sometimes for the better, sometimes not. So, each person has their preference, get over it.
Ryan Lanigan December 18, 2011 at 04:48 AM
I'd suggest attending one of their games. There are plenty of exciting moments throughout the game, three pointers included.
DJ December 18, 2011 at 01:04 PM
I love watching these games as difficult as it is to get a seat some days. I must agree with DN on the level of dress however. Why does our team not follow a dress code like so many other schools? It's embarrassing to watch our kids come into the gym the way many are dressed while some of their counterparts are in dress clothes and ties. In my opinion it shows a lack of pride and the coach is wrong to allow it.
Stephen Mack December 18, 2011 at 01:14 PM
DJ, I agree. But, Unlike DN, I hope you don't hate the kids... By the way. I walked up to a couple of the players and hugged them, and told them how sharp they looked, Believe it or not....Players are mandated to wear a dress shirt and tie.. So if the HATE FOR THE KIDS is directed to the players of SHS, again way off base. These are Great Kids!!!! I still can't believe a grown man would write that he HATES A SELECT GROUP OF KIDS...hope he doesn't live in Stoughton. Scary!!!!
Stephen Mack December 19, 2011 at 01:24 PM
FC, you make a comment (9:57 am, Satu.). "Games evolve, sometimes for the better, sometimes not. So, each person has their preference, get over it." I am thinking between the two of us...the one that really needs to "GET OVER IT", is you....I still feel, that your comment about "HATING THE 3 - POINT SHOT" was uncalled for. The Kids had a big opening win... and your focus was not on the exciting win, but on how much you hate the way the game is played...Totally Selfish on your part....You are the individual seems the seems to have an axe to grind.... Not much of a supporter...so FC, enjoy the SHS kids, and GET OVER IT.....
DJ December 19, 2011 at 03:43 PM
Stephen, I'm thrilled to read that there is now a dress code, but it is either a new policy or one that has not been followed. I hope it's the former. Of course, I do not blame and surely don't "hate" a child for not being taught respect and how to take pride in themselves and their school. That is what coaches, parents and teachers are for, but this is all for another subject on another day.
lowertaxes December 19, 2011 at 07:10 PM
I must say I have to agree with FC about the 3 point shots. Go and watch a stoyac game and watch these kids working together, passing the ball and rebounding. Now it just seems like as soon as they get to three point range they are tossing the ball up rather than using teamwork. Everybody has their opinion and kudos to the boys for their win, just wish it was as exciting to watch as is used to be.
Fiscal Conservative December 19, 2011 at 08:24 PM
Stephen: Seems like the only opinion that matters is your own. I'm from a different, less selfish era, where teamwork was emphasized, not the individual. I've played & been involved in more athletic competitions than most. The games have become faster, players bigger & stronger. That stated, it doesn't mean they are better. Times have changed, you're probably much younger than I. Enjoy the game as you see fit, there's nothing wrong with that. What is wrong is limiting yourself to just your perspective. I don't enjoy the direction most sports have evolved into, thats my choice, not yours. My statement was my point of view. As Walter Breennan said in the Guns of Wil Sonnet "No brag, just fact". Enjoy as you wish. As for me, my enjoyment comes from many places, not just athletics. Broaden your horizons, don't sweat small stuff. Remember: Evolution is not always for the better. Just look at the mess this country has evolved to over the last 25 - 50 years. Makes one think. Maybe you haven't been here long enough to notice. Study & notice. 'Nuf said
Stephen Mack December 19, 2011 at 08:51 PM
FC, you just speak from a point of emotion...you haven't brought up one point in any of your comments..you have. I go back to my origin thought. Your initial comment was way outta place...instead of being Happy for a group of kids from SHS, you condemned their style of play, and that was simply wrong (no excuse). I know these kids very well. And I hate the fact some unknown guy (FROM STOUGHTON) condemed them. It has nothing with the evolution of sport, what you did was wrong.These are great kids.
Stephen Mack December 19, 2011 at 09:07 PM
FC, I have re-read each comment written by .not one point that you brought out came from a perspective of truth or intellectual honesty. Your very first response to my suggestion that you were out of place was filled with emotionalism, and UNTRUTH. Very RARELY, have I encounter a man with so much unharnessed emotion. I find you use labels interesting as well. When an individuals relies so heavily on LABELS and STEREOTYPES it shows a very definite lack of an ability to think deep thoughts, or to think thru items completely.We can certainly continue our back and forth, but I would greatly appreciate less emotion, and far more fact-truth...thanks my friend...GO KNIGHTS!!!!
Ryan Lanigan December 20, 2011 at 02:31 AM
Take a look at the highlights, there's a great teamwork play on the alley-oop. Passing, screens, and obviously the great pass on the dunk. I'd suggest going to these games. They don't just run down and launch up a three right away. These guys swing the ball, use screens, inside help, etc. They are very much a team and get a team effort all the time.


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