Kempf scores 31, Hoosick Falls tops Cambridge
CAMBRIDGE, N.Y. — Hoosick Falls boys basketball guard Jon Kempf can change the complexion of a game in an instant and he did just that rival Cambridge Monday night.
Kempf, a junior, scored 31 points on the night, leading the Panthers to a 70-28 win against the Indians to improve to 16-1 on the season.
Kempf's effort Monday puts him a 992 points for his career.
He did the bulk of his damage in the second quarter, where he scored 16 points.
All night long Kempf was getting to the rim at will. With his team's reliance on him as a scorer, Kempf has added a great ability to get to the hoop, pairing his potent ability from three-point range.
Hoosick Falls coach Mike Lilac has witnessed Kempf develop this facet of his game and knows how important it is to the Panthers' success.
"He just keeps attacking the hoop and he's been attacking the hoop all year," Lilac said. "The other guys spaced out some and gave him some good real estate to attack and he did. We talk about attacking the rim with control. If you look like you're doing it with control, you'll get foul calls. He's done a great job all year of showing control and getting calls."
Kempf did a nice job distributing the ball as well, racking up seven assists.
Despite the Panthers coming into Monday's contest as the heavy favorites, Cambridge did an admirable job of hanging around in the first quarter.
The Indians held multiple leads in the opening quarter and only trailed 14-12 heading into the second.
While Cambridge deserves a ton of credit for its early play, the closeness of the score also had to do with self-inflicted mistakes from Hoosick Falls, whether it be turnovers or just trying to force a pass that just wasn't there.
Lilac knew his team needed to adjust and get back to playing their usual style of game.
"We just kept saying to get some shots off and stop being so sloppy. It's probably the key to our season," Lilac said. "Right now, how far we go is going to depend on if we take care of the ball. If we don't get shots off and throw it to the other team or out of bounds or if we try to do all the other stuff we see in the NBA, it will cost us. We have to take care of the ball."
Tristan Williams had a strong day in his first game against his former team. The junior center scored 18 points and added 12 rebounds to his line.
Isiah Burnett added 12 points as well.
Jeffrey Burke led the Indians with nine points, while Brian Hall and Nick Murphy added eight and seven points respectively.
The Indians fall to 6-12 with Monday's loss.
Hoosick Falls has won its last 52 Wasaren League games and 82 out of 84 league contests.
The Panthers play Greenwich at home Wednesday night.
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