Pittsfield boys hoops shows no signs of fatigue, earns third win in four days


PITTSFIELD -- The Pittsfield boys basketball team showed no signs of tired legs against Mount Greylock on Friday night.

Playing their third game in four days, the Generals used solid rebounding and transition offense to jump out to a big lead against the Mounties to claim a 76-43 victory.

"We talked about our intensity every single day in practice and before every game," PHS coach Steve Ray said.

"What we're getting better at is coming out strong in the beginning of the game. That was something we struggled with at the beginning of the year."

The Generals got out to a 20-8 lead after the first quarter. By halftime, the 12-point lead ballooned to 26. The largest PHS lead of the game was 37.

"We're a fast-break team," Amancho Adopo of PHS said. "We're good in the half-court, but we're mostly a fast-break team because we're faster than most teams."

The Generals showed their speed, getting to the lane at will. Adopo led PHS with 23 points. Anthony Jones finished with 13 points, including five points from the free throw line.

Coming into the game, Ray said he knew Jones would have to battle against Greylock's 6-foot-7 inch center, Jake Benzinger, in the post.

However, when Benzinger left early in the second quarter with an injury, the Generals knew they could get to the rim.

"We were concerned that if we got in a half-court game with them, with their size, that we'd have a problem," Ray said. "I think our guys recognized that, with the big guy out, there was more of an opportunity to attack."

Despite missing part of the second quarter, Benzinger still led the Mounties with 11 points. Cole Jackson finished with 10.

The Generals have three more games next week. PHS hosts Lee on Tuesday before playing in Ludlow on Thursday and hosting O'Bryant School of Mathematics and Science on Saturday afternoon. Even with the packed schedule, Adopo said he wouldn't have it any other way.

"Physically, we're a little tired. But we didn't have a game in two weeks. So we're happy to have back-to-back-to-back games," he said.

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