Panthers start, end strong to beat Indians
HOOSICK, N.Y. — Cambridge boys basketball coach Tim Ogilvie has coached in the Wasaren League for a long time.
If there's one thing he knows facing Hoosick Falls, it's that you can't spot them a lead.
"We didnt bring the energy I was hoping for in the beginning of the game," Ogilvie said.
Hoosick Falls scored the first 15 points of the game, then squashed a chance at a Cambridge comeback with another run in the fourth in a 53-34 win on Tuesday night.
"You can't do that playing a team as relentless as Hoosick Falls, as gritty as they are," Ogilvie said.
Connor McCart scored six of his 19 in the first quarter, while Alex Mendez added five of his 11 as the Panthers built the lead into double digits. The Indians scored on two free throws from Ryan McLenithan with 3:26 left in the first, and the only field goal came with 90 seconds to go in the period from Brendan Holcomb.
Cambridge did a much better job in the second quarter with Kordell Benson scoring eight of his team-high 10 points in the frame as the Indians cut the deficit to 27-20 at halftime.
"The second quarter was the best one we played all night," Ogilvie said. "We were better on the boards and better on transition. We communicated the best we did all night. He's a senior leader, a captain, sets the tone defensively for us. His strength is good, has a decent jump shot and finishes strong at the rim and that's what we try to utilize from him."
Coming out of halftime, Cambridge scored the first basket, but pushed the lead to 14 like a shot, coming from senior Kellen Scott (10 points, eight rebounds and four steals) and Rem Hickey, who had eight points on the night.
"We play for four minutes like we're the best team out there and then we go cold," said Hoosick Falls coach Mike Lilac. "It's being able to make a good shot selection when we're not in a good groove."
In the fourth, Cambridge made a final charge, pulling to 43-30 as Ogilvie called a timeout to regroup his team. But out of the timeout, Cambridge had three turnovers in a row and Hoosick made them pay for it, scoring another nine unanswered points — 7 from McCart — to finish off its eighth win in the Wasaren League this season.
"We squandered a couple of opportunities there, but no matter who Mike puts on the floor, they get after it," Oglivie said. "That's always been the case when we come down."
Cambridge drops to 4-10 overall and 0-10 in the Wasaren League and despite no wins in conference, most of the games have been close ones, including a 1-point loss to conference leader undefeated Stillwater and a six-point loss to Greenwich.
"The motivation is to keep stepping up the ladder, every game and week, we want to keep moving up the ladder and be ready for sectional time," Oglivie said.
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