HOOSICK, N.Y. -- The Cambridge Central School boys basketball team played with heart on Friday night, but the Indians were no match for the Hoosick Falls Central School as the Panthers rolled to a 79-31 victory at Hoosick Falls.
"Quality," said Cambridge coach Tim Ogilvie in describing Hoosick Falls. "They run, they are solid defenders, they are aggressive and tough on the boards. That is just a tribute to [coach] Mike [Lilac] and the program that he runs."
The Panthers came out strong in the first quarter to kill off any chance the Indians had of making the game a close one, running out to an early 14-0 lead on a bucket by Andrew Hoag (6 points).
"We talked all week about playing against ourselves, and playing the best we can no matter who we are facing," Lilac said. "[Cambridge is] having a bit of a rough time but they still play hard, you have to give them credit."
In the second, Hoosick Falls kept its foot on the gas as the team outscored Cambridge 23-8 in the quarter. Six different Panthers would score in the period, while Mark Hackett (game-high 16 points) and Chani leading the way with five points each. Rowland and Ryan Jeskie (5 points) would each hit treys for Cambridge in the quarter, leaving the Indians in a 41-10 hole at the break.
"[Hoosick Falls] is solid defensively and take care of the ball on offense," Ogilvie said. "We are trying to get our kids so down the road we will get to that level, but we just aren't there yet."
After halftime, Will Bradley took the torch for the Hoosick Falls offense, scoring 11 of his 14 points in the third to help the Panthers to a 23-9 edge in the quarter. Bradley scored two of his baskets on turnovers, picking off Cambridge passes in the defensive end and taking them the distance for layups.
At the end of the third, Hoosick Falls led 64-19.
During the final frame, the Cambridge offense would post 12 points to Hoosick Falls' 15. Rowland scored six of the buckets, including converting on two steal-and-finish attempts to give the Indians a partial lift.
For Hoosick Falls, Chani would be involved in every point for the Panthers minus a pair of free throws by Hackett. Chani found Josh Wood (7 points) for two baskets and also found Bradley for a trey, while the junior also two baskets, including the final hoop of the game on a coast-to-coast finish off of a steal.
Chani finished with seven assists and two steals for Hoosick Falls while Hoag had five rebounds, three assists and five steals in limited minutes. Hackett led all players with nine rebounds for Hoosick Falls. Rowland had four steals and two assists for Cambridge, while Parker Bruce had seven rebounds for the Indians.
Cambridge falls to 1-12, 1-10 in the Wasaren League, while Hoosick Falls improves to 14-1 with a 12-0 mark in the Wasaren. The Panthers have two league games left next week, at Stillwater and home to Hoosic Valley, to try and finish with a perfect record in the league.
Lilac said the message to his team after the win was: "Enjoy the weekend off. They have had tests all week, so it is back to the real world and regular classes Monday and back to regular practice and focus on Stillwater. They are a very dangerous team, especially down there."