The Barrington Youth Basketball League (BYBL) 5th-gade and 7th-grade teams won D2 championships of the Mass Premier Summer League last Sunday, Aug. 19.
“What's impressive is that Barrington defeated teams from much larger metro Boston towns with long-time established programs, while the local program has just completed its first season,” said Todd Rywolt of BYBL, who summed up the championship tourney this way.
"Barrington’s 5th-grade squad entered the 12-team tournament as the #2 seed, behind undefeated Franklin, Mass. They opened with a strong game in the opening round, defeating Holliston, Mass. by a score of 49-23. It was truly a team victory, as every player on Barrington scored and they dominated on the boards and with great defense.
"Will Rywolt led the scoring attack with 16 points, with Ryan Bonneau dropping 12 and tenacious Sam Tanous adding 8 points. Jack Lamere and Drew Vatter provided a first half offensive push, with Aiden Doyle adding a great rebound and put back to help the BYBL team pull away and coast to the win.
"This set up a rematch with surging #3 seed Hopkinton, Mass., who defeated the locals in their final regular season game just two days earlier. Barrington got its revenge in a tough back-and-forth battle, pulling out a 35-32 victory.
"Rywolt and Bonneau again led all scorers with 13 apiece, supported by a great rebounding effort from Andrew Monti and Jon Adamson. Bonneau sealed the deal with two clutch free throws and a gutsy steal in the final seconds to clinch the game.
"The finals pitted BYBL against #1 Franklin, the only other team to defeat them this year. Barrington's defense proved too tough for Franklin this time, however, holding them to their lowest point total and only loss of the season as Barrington dominated in the 32-22 championship victory.
"Rywolt poured in 13 points and Owen Thurston added 9, including the final 6 points of the game. Bonneau, Tanous and Monti rounded out the locals' scoring effort.
"The 7th-grade representatives won their championship by besting teams from Mansfield, Milford and King Philip. Almost always outsized -- though never out-hustled -- the BYBL squad fought to a 5-3 record in the regular season earning a #3 seed in the playoffs.
"Every game along the way saw at least one Barrington player step up and carry his team, from the relentless Cole Jarret, Tucker Flint, Andrew Conaty and Elias MacGillvary, to the sharp-shooting David Jarret, Ben Silvia, Deven Conors and Harrison Browne to the veteran leadership of Max Thurston, Conor McQueary and Nick Bonneau.
"In Barrington's first-round matchup, a physical Mansfield team pushed the boys to the brink of elimination - down 9 in the second half - but the defense stepped up and a tenacious Harrison Brown wouldn't quit, battling through the bruises to register one more of his double-digit performances and lead his team back to a huge overtime win.
"In the semis, the BYBL boys faced an imposing Milford team that made it through the summer with only one loss -- to Barrington. And on the very large and tireless shoulders of Andrew Conaty and Conor McQuery -- as well as the absolutely lights-out shooting of Deven Conors -- Barrington handed a frustrated Milford squad its second loss of the season and headed off to the championship game.
"The finals pitted the Blue and White against a King Phillip squad they had defeated by 29 in the regular season. And this game was more of the same, with David Jarret piling up the points and the rest of Coach Mark Bonneau's boys playing the kind of nagging defense that wins championships. Not to mention some pretty cool T-shirts."