Pittsfield boys hoops starts slow, eliminated by Amherst
AMHERST -- If the Pittsfield boys basketball team played as well in the first half as it did in the second, the Generals would have put themselves in a position to pull off an upset of Amherst Regional.
But a disastrous first quarter placed the game well out of reach early as the Hurricanes cruised to a 93-67 victory at home in the Western Massachusetts Division I Tournament first round.
The No. 12 Generals (13-8) trailed 22-4 after one quarter and 48-15 at the half before outscoring Amherst 52-45 in the second half.
Amancho Adopo, who played the entire game, scored a game-high 23 points for Pittsfield.
Ty Discoe added seven, with Evan Lanoue, Tanner Hanford and Chad Shade contributing six points apiece.
Amherst was led by senior Noris Cuevas-Nova, who had a triple-double with 17 points, 19 rebounds and 10 assists. Fellow senior Justin Carey led the team with 22 points, including four 3-pointers.
The game got off to a slow start for both teams in the early minutes as neither could hit a shot. However, Carey and Cuevas-Nova combined for 18 of 22 Amherst points in first as the ‘Canes burst to a leads of 9-0 and 18-2.
It didn't get much better for Pittsfield in the second quarter. Amherst went on an 18-3 run to start the quarter to go up 40-9.
Adopo started to heat up late in the first half and carried it over after halftime. In the second half, the Generals played more relaxed and ran their offensive sets much more effectively.
Consecutive 3-pointers by Alex Weber and Discoe closed the gap to 29 early in the fourth, and Pittsfield scored the final seven points of the contest.
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