Berkshire Eagle Staff
SPRINGFIELD -- They could have given Matt Braman a trophy along with the game ball on Friday night.
Braman was 14 of 14 from the foul line in the game, and 8 for 8 in the fourth quarter, to help visiting Hoosac Valley beat Commerce 66-60.
The Hurricanes iced the victory by going 14 of 17 from the foul line in the fourth quarter.
"It’s a big win, going down there to the city," said Hoosac coach Bill Robinson. "We’ll take it."
Braman had a game-high 24 points, while Matt Koperniak had 15 and Trevor Alibozek added 12.
The Hurricanes (2-0) struggled with Commerce’s athleticism during the game, but managed to hold the Raiders off at the end.
Tobey Rodriguez led Commerce with 15 points.
Drury 47, Frontier 42
NORTH ADAMS -- Junior Alex Heck scored 22 points as the Blue Devils (2-1) hung on to beat visiting Frontier.
"They definitely wanted to slow it down and you get a low-scoring game," said Drury coach Jack Racette. "We’re going to be in close games pretty much all year."
Another junior, Justin Girard, chipped in with 14 points.
Kareen Beckett, a third junior, did not score, but he pulled down 15 rebounds and held Frontier’s Ben Ruddock to eight points. Ruddock usually scores 16 per game.
Wahconah 53, Sabis 38
SPRINGFIELD -- The Bulldogs came into the game averaging 83 points per contest. Wahconah’s 2-3 zone shut Sabis down, holding the hosts to 45 points under their average. It was also the first loss for Sabis (3-1).
"It was a tournament atmosphere," said Wahconah coach Dustin Belcher. "For our kids to respond, especially coming off a loss, is a positive thing, that’s for sure."
The Warriors (2-1) held 19-point scorer Nelson Zayas scoreless.
The Bulldogs couldn’t stop Collin Parrott (18 points) or Marcus Duncan (12 points.)
Lenox 82, McCann 62
NORTH ADAMS -- McCann coach Mike Nykorchuck couldn’t stop raving about the Millionaires’ Bailey Patella and Evan Lanoue.
"They were, in the first half, a two-man show," he said.
The duo combined for 33 points in the first 16 minutes, as Lenox took advantage of another slow McCann start for a comfortable 48-26 lead at halftime.
"It’s almost like [we] got to play like [we’re] desperate from the beginning," he said. "Once they play that way, they’re better."
McCann stayed with Lenox after the first quarter, in which it scored only seven points. Lenox was only plus-one over the final three quarters. But Nykorchuck couldn’t stop talking about Patella and Lanoue.
He said Patella had three dunks in the first half coming off steals. Patella also had at least three blocks.
"He was fantastic," Nykorchuck said. "Patella single-handedly, his defense set the tone for the whole game."
Lee 71, Gateway 56
HUNTINGTON -- Heamon Williams and Ryan Kohlenberger dominated the offensive glass and tied for a game-high 25 points in the win.
The trouble early on for Lee was taking care of the basketball. The Wildcats had 17 first-half turnovers compared to "six or seven" in the second half, coach Dan Korte said.
"When we took care of the ball, we were fine," Korte said. "They were feisty on defense. At first we didn’t respond that well, but we did adjust."
Kohlenberger helped spread out the defense with three 3-pointers and some long jumpers, which opened up space inside for Williams.
Better ball control in the second half helped Lee pull away. It led by two at halftime (31-29), but took off in the third and fourth quarters.
Taconic 101, St. Joseph 71
PITTSFIELD -- Shaq Ardrey had 32 points and Mike Taylor 25 to pace the Braves.
"They started by pounding it into Taylor, and when we started to pack it in, they kicked it out to Ardrey, so they had a nice little inside-outside game going," said Crusader coach Randy Kinnas.
Riley Balcolm scored 18 to lead the Crusaders.