Panthers avenge only loss of year
HOOSICK, N.Y. -- The Mount Anthony Union High School boys basketball likes to speed things up, using a fast attack to get easy baskets on its opponents.
On Tuesday night, Hoosick Falls beat the Patriots at their own game.
The Panthers used dominating inside play and a hot-shooting Mark Hackett to avenge its only loss of the season, beating Mount Anthony 65-45 in the team's regular season finale.
Austin Pitt scored a game-high 20 in the win and senior Levi Brewster dropped in 15 for the Panthers, who improve to 17-1. Mount Anthony drops to 9-8.
"When we're in our zone offense, I get the ball on the foul line and I know where my teammates are," Pitt said. "When [the defense] flies out, I can give it to Levi and it's a wide open shot."
Mount Anthony kept the game close in the first half, using some accurate shooting from beyond the arc to stay with the Panthers. After Alec Little knocked down two free throws with 4:31 left in the first half, Hackett and Guo traded three-pointers to make it 23-20. But then the Panthers used a 10-3 run to end the half on the strength of threes by Hackett and Willy Bradley to go into the locker room up 33-23.
Hackett had 19 points total, including five 3-pointers. As a team, the Panthers knocked down eight from beyond the arc.
"We have a bunch of shooters, if they start collapsing [into the paint], someone is open," Pitt said.
In the third, Brewster, who had only scored two points in the first half as a second option to Pitt -- who had 14 in the first half -- went off for 13 points as the Panthers found their senior often for easy layups.
"It's great to see Levi get open. He's the last guy that they'd think would go off for 13 in one quarter," said Hoosick Falls coach Mike Lilac. "It makes us that much stronger."
With Brewster making a home in the paint, the lead extended up to 20 by the end of the period and the Panthers were cruising.
"The kids were bent out of shape the way the last game went, so we had to make adjustments and be more patient on offense," said Lilac, whose team had lost to MAU 70-56 at Kates Gym.
Mount Anthony tried to stay in the game with the long ball, hitting eight 3-pointers, including three from Sean Brundage and two from Guo, the Patriots' leading scorer with 14 points. Brundage added 10 for MAU.
"It's nice to avenge the loss, we didn't like that," Pitt said. "We didn't play well [the first time], this time we played our game, and some great, gritty [defense.]"
Hoosick Falls heads into sectionals at 17-1, a candidate for a high seed in the Class B tournament.
"It's nice the last two [games] were home," Lilac said. "But we want to keep playing. We have great momentum ... I wish sectionals started tomorrow."
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