NORTH ADAMS -- Solid outside shooting kept the Drury boys basketball team in a rivalry game with Hoosac Valley, but when the shots stopped falling, Hoosac pulled away for a 66-53 victory Friday night.
Six first-half threes accounted for more than half of Drury's 28-point halftime total. Hoosac's 2-3 zone took away driving lanes, forcing the Blue Devils to bomb away from the outside. The threes fell early, but Drury coach Jack Racette knows it's dangerous to rely on 3-pointers.
"If you're going to live out there, you're going to die out there," he said. "The kids played hard. ... We just didn't do the little things."
While Drury relied on its outside shooting, Hoosac looked to its big guy down low to carry the load.
Sophomore Jameson Coughlan led all scorers with 21 points and dominated the glass for the Hurricanes.
"I just worked around the glass, getting position," he said. "I'm not very tall, but I'm wide and I box people out."
Hoosac attacked Drury's defense throughout the night, getting to the hoop and drawing fouls. The high number of fouls led to numerous trips to the line for Hoosac. The Hurricanes did a lot of damage from the line, converting 27 of 36 from the stripe. Sean Ryan-Kut scored 11, with seven coming from the line. Matt Braman had 13 points, also with seven coming from the line.
In the third quarter, Tyler Briggs and Alex Heck sparked a small rally for the Blue Devils.
Briggs followed his own miss for a put-back layup. Then with 5 minutes, 26 seconds left in the third, Heck jumped the passing lane for a steal, which led to a Justin Girard layup. A 3-pointer from Heck on Drury's next possession gave the Blue Devils a one-point lead with 4:14 left in the quarter.
However, Hoosac closed the quarter on an 11-4 run. A 3-pointer from Nick Trombley cut Hoosac's lead to two midway through the fourth, but Hoosac closed on a 13-4 run to ice the game.
Racette said Drury's inability to get to the line hurt the team. The Blue Devils attempted only six free throws, making two.
"You've got to make foul shots in big games," he said. "We missed two front ends of a one-and-one and they were ahead at halftime.
"We're young. We start five juniors and they start five seniors. We don't have that seasoned guy to go to when times get tough."
For Hoosac, coach Bill Robinson said he knew his team was going to get Drury's best shot. He told his team to weather the storm and execute.
"I told our kids that Drury was going to come out on fire, get every loose ball, because they have to. Their backs are against the wall," he said. "I told them weather the storm, keep moving the ball around and take it to the basket. And we did. Everybody is contributing and that's what I like."
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