Hoosac boys hoops passes its way past Lenox, 73-57
CHESHIRE -- There's no defense for a perfect pass.
In the second half Monday night, the Hoosac Valley boys basketball team used timely passing to find holes in the Lenox zone and pull away for a 73-57 home win.
In this matchup between two of the top teams in their respective divisions, South leader Lenox did a good job of limiting the low post scoring of the Hoosac bigs in the first half. The Millionaires' 2-3 zone forced Hoosac to pass to the perimeter. Hoosac's jump shots weren't falling early, as Lenox built a four-point lead going into halftime. Evan Lanoue scored nine of his team-high 16 points in the first quarter for Lenox.
In the second half, however, Sean Ryan-Kut did a solid job decision-making, driving the lane and finishing with floaters or passing to a shooter for a jumper.
Trevor Alizbozek also worked well from the high post, deciding when to drive, kick or dump down low.
Ryan-Kut scored 16 points; Matt Koperniak and Matt Braman scored 15 and 18, respectively, combining for five 3-pointers. Jameson Coughlan led all scorers with 22.
"If they were going to clamp down on our inside game, then we have reads," Hoosac coach Bill Robinson said. "You either go inside or outside, and they can't cover everybody."
The Hurricanes found their touch from the outside and opened the second half on an 11-4 run.
Lenox would answer back, as Bailey Patella hit a jumper from the top of the key, and followed that with a three-pointer from the left wing to tie the game at 45 with 2:55 left in the third. Patella had 12 points.
Lenox would take a one-point lead early in the fourth on a layup plus foul shot from Kris Vahle.
That was Lenox's last lead of the game, however, as Hoosac closed on a 17-5 run -- capped by Coughlan's back-to-back layups -- to ice the game.
Lenox coach Scott Sibley said the team's 19 turnovers to Hoosac's nine really took his team out of the game.
"The difference between the two teams tonight was discipline," he said. "Hoosac's a very good team. I thought we hung with them for the first 28 minutes, but we kind of self-destructed in the last four."
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