Williams, Kempf lead Panthers past Patriots
HOOSICK, N.Y. — Hoosick Falls senior Jonathan Kempf came into Saturday night's game against Mount Anthony as the No. 2 scorer in Section II, at nearly 30 points a game.
The Patriots, for the most part, kept Kempf quiet, holding him 10 below his average, but they didn't have an answer for Tristan Williams, who led all scorers with a 25-point night in a 66-45 win for the Panthers.
"Tristan's still not 100 percent," said Hoosick Falls coach Mike Lilac, speaking of the senior's bout with the flu. "They decided to shadow Jon and they didn't get a lot of help over and we took advantage of that."
Hoosick started quickly, taking a 17-3 lead after the first four minutes and after a three from Quintin McIntire from MAU, the lead was 24-12.
In the second, Hoosick pulled away a bit more, eight points from Kempf and took a 41-23 lead at the break.
Kempf had 17 of his 19 points in the first half.
"It was a good job by our guys," Lilac said. "When we move the ball and string together multiple actions, we get good shots. When we don't, we don't get good shots."
Williams was the catalyst in the second half, taking advantage of a slightly smaller MAU lineup.
He scored nine of his 25 in the third as the Panthers held MAU at bay and increased the lead to 22 by the end of the third.
In the fourth, MAU continued to fight, but the deficit was too much to overcome.
"Give MAU credit, they are playing hard despite a losing record, but against Mount Anthony, you throw away the records anyway," Lilac said. "Hats off to them playing hard the entire time."
Hoosick Falls got contributions from up and down the lineup, as starters Dmitri Rose came out with a leg injury and Isiah Burnett fouled out in the fourth.
"Isiah had four fouls early in the third, so we rotated Dylan [Baker], Zach [Cahill] and Nick [Houghton] in and they gave us some good minutes, that's very encouraging," Lilac said.
Max Kipp was the third Panther in double figures, scoring 13 points and adding five rebounds and five steals. For Mount Anthony, Braeden Billert led the way with 14 points, followed by McIntire with 11, his best output of the year.
The team's leading scorer, Gavin Johnson, was silenced to the tune of two field goals and seven points.
Hoosick Falls improves to 15-2 and play Greenwich on Tuesday, while Mount Anthony drops to 3-12 and hosts Burr and Burton in a Southern Vermont League matchup on Tuesday.
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