Panthers outlast Red Raiders in shootout
HOOSICK, N.Y. — If you were late to the Hoosick Falls Central School boys basketball game against Mechanicville on Tuesday night, you missed a first half filled with great shooting behind the arc.
The Panthers knocked down 11 three-pointers, starting within the first 30 seconds when senior Alex Mendez knocked one in from downtown to give Hoosick Falls a early lead en route to a 64-55 win over the Red Raiders,
That lead wouldn't last for long as Mechanicville senior Giovanni D'Ambro raced down the court to knock the first of three straight three-pointers to give the Red Raiders a 11-8 lead midway through the first quarter.
D'Ambro started to get cold from the field and the Panthers were able to tie it at 16 all with a minute remaining in the first quarter, Remington Hickey started to take over the game for the Panthers.
The senior went on a 6-0 run by himself to end the first quarter with two triples, that included the last of the two he hit from 2 feet above half-court, that gave Hoosick Falls a 21-16 lead going into the second quarter.
"Our ball movement was excellent tonight and that opened up some shots for myself," Hickey said. "We were shooting the ball well all night, so that helped with getting good looks at the basket as well."
Hickey continued his hot streak in the second quarter scoring five of the Panthers' 13 points in the quarter to take a 34-23 lead going into the half.
In total, the teams knocked down a combined 17 three-pointers in the game.
In the start of the second half, the Panthers' play on offense got a little sloppy and Mechanicville took advantage of it, going on a 7-0 run to start the third quarter to cut the Hoosick Falls lead to four.
Then the role players for Hoosick Falls started to pick things up.
First it was senior Kellan Skott's hustle to keep the Panthers' offensive possession going, getting his own rebound that led to a Connor McCart lay up. Skott then left the paint and hit a three to give Hoosick Falls an eight point lead.
On the next two possesions, Alex Haynes started feeling the mojo that Skott was bringing. Off the bench, the junior would knock two straight three-pointers from the corner that gave the Panthers a 49-38 lead going into the fourth quarter.
"We had a lot of guys step in tonight for us to get the win," said Hoosick Falls coach Mike Lilac. "It was great to see a lot of guys get involved to help us win and we're going to need that going forward if we want to keep this play up."
After D'Ambro hit his fourth three-pointer of the night to go along with his game-high 18-point night to cut the Panther lead back to single-digits, free-throws became a big factor for Hoosick Falls.
With Mechanicville hitting shot after shot to get back in the game, the Panther just simply got their way to the foul line where they went 10-11 in the fourth quarter that helped the seal the deal for their seventh victory of the season,
For the game, the Panthers went an impressive 17-of-19 from the free throw line.
Hickey had a team-high 17 in the Panthers win.
Sophomore point guard Guy Milliman had his best game since returning from a hand injury with 14 points and McCart had 12 points for Hoosick Falls in the win as well.
With the win, the Panthers improve to 7-5 on the season and now are on a three-game winning streak.
"Our team chemistry is the best it has been all season and that's why we're on this winning streak," Hickey said. "We're all feeling really good about ourselves right now and we just got to continue to get better."
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