CHESHIRE -- It's not a win, but it's a far better start than last year. The Hoosac Valley boys' basketball team dropped its season opener at home 83-67 to Commerce, but it's not all bad news.
The Hurricanes did something they failed to do all season last year and matched another. Four players scored double digits for Hoosac, something it did not do in 20 games last season.
Trevor Alibozek (19 points), Corey Puccio (15 points), Austin Milesi (10 points) and Matt Braman all recorded at least 10 points. And as a team, the Hurricanes scored at least 10 points in each quarter, a feat they accomplished just once in 2011-12. The lowest quarterly output Tuesday night was 13 in the first. The 20 in the second was the highest.
"I thought our offense looked pretty good at times," coach Bill Robinson said. "We broke their press, but weren't cashing in. Then we started to and got them out of their press."
But until the Hurricanes were able to break the press, Commerce was building a sizable lead. It led 25-13 after the first quarter and was up 14-4 mid way through the quarter.
Hoosac cut the lead to four in the second quarter, but couldn't get over the top until the third.
Hoosac started the second half on a 15-5 run for a 48-45 lead, but all it did was encourage Commerce to make a counter run. It did, and Hoosac was able to get the deficit to six in the fourth quarter, but couldn't climb back on top.
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Chicopee 75, Taconic 62
CHICOPEE -- Shaq Ardrey opened his season with a triple-double, but the Braves couldn't overcome Chicopee's hot shooting late in a season-opening loss.
Taconic got as close as 66-60 in the final minutes of the fourth quarter, but long-range shooting from the hosts allowed them to pull away.
"With every turnover or missed opportunity, they answered with a three," Taconic coach Bill Heaphy said. "That put a dagger in us, in a sense."
Ardrey scored a game-high 27 points, adding 13 rebounds and 10 assists for Taconic.
"He was pretty focused tonight," Heaphy said. "He played a terrific all-around game."
Trayvon Sims added 16 points for Taconic.
Wahconah 52, Lee 45
LEE -- Wahconah scored 22 points in the fourth quarter to rally for the victory.
Marco Anastasio scored 20 points while Pat Culliton added 11 points for the win. Jake LePrevost had a game-high 21 for Lee.
"That fourth quarter was big," said Lee coach Dan Korte. "We turned the ball over way too much and we did not shoot too well. They played really hard in that fourth quarter, got after some loose balls and were putting good pressure on us defensively."
Pittsfield 63, Amherst 23
AMHERST -- Pittsfield coach Joe Racicot could get used to this kind of night from his shooters.
The Generals were 9 for 23 from 3-point range to open the season, running away from their hosts. Courtney McLaughlin knocked down all three of her 3-pointers in the first quarter en route to a game-high 15 points.
"That's what they kind of gave us after the first quarter," Racicot said. "We'd taken the ball to the hoop early and they started closing down the middle.
"When one of your team leaders is hot, usually the other ones follow. That happened tonight."
Dominique Satrape scored nine points for PHS, while Emily Koldys added eight more.
"Even though it's the early stages, I have a good mix of experienced players, speed and ... some shooters right now," Racicot said. "This is very encouraging."
St. Joseph's 48, Gateway 16
PITTSFIELD -- Kendall Smith's 22 points led the way for the Crusaders in their opener -- a strong defensive effort against a bigger Gateway team.
"We played very, very good defense and we protected the ball very well tonight, something we hadn't been doing in the past," St. Joe's coach Jack Quinn said.
Gabby Schnopp scored 8 points and Keegan McCauley added another 7 for the Crusaders, who led 22-7 at the half.
Smith had 11 field goals in the win, something Quinn credited to better offensive positioning.
"She's worked on her game around the hoop," he said. "Last year, she wasn't cutting to the ball and getting to the post. Now we've worked on that."
Holyoke Catholic 33, McCann 29
CHICOPEE -- Holyoke Catholic's zone troubled McCann Tech in the second quarter, limiting them to just two points over those eight minutes.
Mary Nguyen had 19 points for the Hornets, but those few moments of offensive struggle cost McCann.
"We figured [the zone] out a little better in the third," said McCann coach Mike Dowling. "Good competition, good game. I was encouraged a little bit by it."