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Hollis Brookline boys basketball routs Milford

By Hector Longo - Staff Writer | Mar 5, 2020

Telegraph photo by HECTOR LONGO Milford's Christian Jones (4) and Ryon Constable (13) converge on Hollis Brookline's Grant Snyder. The Cavalier was unstoppable, scoring 20 in Thursday night's 75-48 win over the Spartans.

MILFORD – There is no doubt who the hottest basketball team in Division II is as the playoffs approach.

Hollis Brookline High walked into a packed, hostile gym on senior night at Milford High and simply ran the hosts off the floor, 75-48.

It was the 13th straight win for the Cavaliers, who at one point sat at 2-3 and now enter the D-II playoffs most likely a top four seed at 15-3.

“I felt energized before hand,” said Hollis Brookline senior Max Stapelfeld. “We’re been really fired up lately. We’re all focused in practice, working hard every day.”

Stapelfeld (19 points) and fellow senior Grant Snyder (20) simply shredded Milford in a game that really wasn’t close.

The Cavs broke to an 11-0 lead as Milford didn’t hit the scoresheet until Jake Greska finally bounced in a runner with 90 seconds left in the opening quarter. That advantage bumped to 15-2 after one.

“We played tight,” explained Milford coach Dan Murray, whose club ends in a three-way tie for 10th in the division at 9-9. “They are very good. I think they’re the best team in the state. But we just played tight.”

Milford seemed lucky to be hanging around at halftime, 28-16. The Spartans would get no closer than nine points the rest of the way as HB took advantage of Milford in scramble mode.

“We came together, and we’re really excited about the run we’re on,” said Stapelfeld, who tortured the hosts with a deadly array of pullup jumpers. “I love playing with Grant. We play really well together. I’m just really excited going to the

playoffs.”

The duo presents some serious problems to the opposition.

“(Stapelfeld) was the focus of their attack,” said Murray. “He just opens things up for us so much when he hits those shots.”

Robbie Haytayan added eight points for the Cavs, while Adam Razzaboni pitched in seven. The Wimmer Twins, Sander and Quinten, combined for 11 between them.

Greska paced Milford with a dozen points, and Caden Zalenski had 10. Gavin Urda and Christian Jones tossed in eight apiece.

The teams now await the playoff pairings as the opening round of play kicks off Monday night.

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