PITTSFIELD -- Drew Scace's multiple-sport abilities paid off for Taconic's boys basketball team.
On Taconic's last two possessions Monday, Shaq Ardrey slipped behind the Hoosac Valley defense and Scace hit him in stride for an easy layups, sealing a 73-65 win over the Hurricanes.
"I have a good basketball IQ, so I read it and went long," Ardrey said. "Drew's a quarterback [in the fall] and the baseball pass was there."
After trailing by two at halftime, the Braves came out on fire to start the half. Taconic opened the third quarter with a 12-4 run. Scace and Mike Taylor combined for all but six points in the quarter.
"A lot of teams know that Shaq is a great scorer," Scace said. "Teams usually double [Shaq] and that leaves a free man. ... If I go on a run, it's because my teammates help me out."
Ardrey draws a lot of attention, but the matchup between Hoosac big man Jameson Coughlan and Mike Taylor was key.
With Taylor sitting to start the second quarter, Coughlan, a sophomore, had room to operate down low.
Coughlan had 9 of his game-high 25 points in the second quarter, but Scace and Taylor matched him step-for-step throughout the game. Scace finished with 16. Taylor finished with 18.
Coughlan's layup with 1:25 left in the game brought Hoosac within five. But Taylor found Treyvon Ringgold for a layup, before Ardrey iced the game with back-to-back layups. Ardrey finished with 20 points. He is now 29 points from reaching the 1,000-point mark for his career.
"Hoosac played well. They played very well defensively. They bang they're physical, and we needed every hoop we got in the second half to pull it out," Taconic coach Bill Heaphy said.
For Hoosac, Monday's game was the team's third game in four days. The Hurricanes beat Drury on Friday night, but lost to Amherst on Saturday afternoon.
Despite a busy schedule, Bill Robinson is not making any excuses for his team.
"No excuses. That's what the schedule gave; that's what we have to play," the Hoosac coach said. "We had a chance to win this game and we didn't."
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