13 turnovers prove costly for Hollis Brookline in loss to Nashua South at Chick-fil-A Tournament

NASHUA – Hollis Brookline led by as many as seven points late in the third quarter, but struggled in the second half against Nashua High School South’s full-court press – eventually losing 62-55 to the Panthers – in the final game of Thursday’s Chick-fil-A Boys Holiday Basketball Tournament.

The Cavaliers committed 13 turnovers in the second half, including three in under a minute in the fourth quarter and the Panthers took advantage, turning a 49-49 game into a 55-49 lead.

“When we’re playing the way we played the second half, with that energy we had, that’s where we want to be,” South coach Nate Mazerolle said. “That is what we’ve been using almost a hundred percent of the time through the first two games and it was effective in spurts. I’m very interested to see how our style of play works (Friday against Thornton).”

Yordy Tavarez led the Panthers with a game-high 23 points, despite playing in foul trouble for most of the second half. Mike Osgood added 14 points and Trevor Knight was also in double figures with 11, as South closed the game on a 13-6 run after trailing for most of the night.

Daniel Bentall led the Cavs with 14 points and Matt Fothergill added 13 points, including three 3-pointers. HB struggled to keep its big men on the floor all night, as both Shea Whalen (six points) and Logan Blake (seven) fouled out in the fourth quarter.