Saturday January 5, 2013

PITTSFIELD -- St. Joseph's boys basketball team has two reasons to be happy about nearly losing an 18-point halftime lead Friday night: The Crusaders still won, and they can begin fixing their mistakes today at the Coaches vs. Cancer tournament.

Despite Hoosac Valley's 29-point third quarter, St. Joe's weathered the Hurricanes behind Tank Roberson's career-high 36 points for a 68-65 win at the Boys and Girls Club.

Crusaders coach Paul Brindle believes it's the first time a team of his has ever given up more than 20 points in a quarter.

"I think a couple of things were going through," he said. "One, they had a big, big lead; two, offensively, we were getting very good looks and the ball just wasn't falling for us.

"We were just giving up easy baskets. Hoosac, to their credit, [was] patient ... and worked themselves right back into the game."

Luckily for the Crusaders, they had held Hoosac to 17 first-half points -- six of them in the final minute of Hoosac's eight-point second quarter.

Lavante Wiggins put up a double-double with 14 points and 14 rebounds for the victors. Matt Braman led the Hurricanes with 24 points, while Corey Puccio had 14 and Trevor Alibozek added 13 more.

St. Joe's, which plays Pittsfield at 2 p.m. in the Coaches vs. Cancer tournament, was just 10 for 20 from the free-throw line in the second half.

"To beat teams moving forward, we've got to just be more consistent," Brindle said.

Girls
Sabis 55, Lee 33

LEE -- The defending Western Massachusetts champions held Lee to just 33 points to run away with the victory.

The Wildcats trailed by just a point after one quarter but were outscored by 13 in the second quarter. Eileen Dooley had 17 points while Stephanie Young added 10 for Lee. Sabis was paced by 26 from Jazmine Collins while Shyanne Wellington added 14.

"I thought they played a great game," said Lee coach Gary Wellington. "They were physical. We have to learn from this."

Monument 54,
W. Springfield 51

GREAT BARRINGTON -- The Spartans hung on behind 10 3-pointers, and were led by 13 points each from Vanessa Troiano and Samantha White.

All of Troiano's field goals (four) were threes. Kayla Aberdale (11 points) knocked down three more.

"We really did a good job of finding our shooters in the right spots and [making] quality shots," Monument coach Chris Unsworth said. "It's not every day you make 10 threes, but our team is capable of that."

Belchertown 60, McCann 15

BELCHERTOWN -- The Hornets struggled on the road, scoring just one point after halftime.

Mary Nguyen led McCann with nine points, including two threes.

"[Belchertown is] a very well-organized, very smooth team," said Hornets coach Mike Dowling.