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Hoosac Valley (11-6) showed no signs of fatigue as they took care of home business on the second straight night.
After failing on the road to Bay State Academy, the Hurricanes focused on Hampshire and were able to dominate the game from the jump.
Carson Meczywor started the night with the first four points of the game and really started the Hurricanes offense like he has all season. Meczywor finished with 22 points, including 11 in the first quarter. Frank Field posted a game-high 23 points and Joey McGovern had nine.
The two positives for the Hurricanes were offensive glass and transition points. They’ve not only been successful in forcing turnovers and getting the offense going, but also getting rebounds and getting the ball out past the defense, which has coach Bill Robinson worried in back-to-back games.
“We just tried to put in a good effort tonight after last night’s tough loss at Springfield,” Robinson said. “Playing back to back is hard for the kids and I was concerned about our mindset, so whatever it takes.”
After taking an 18-13 lead in the first quarter, Hoosac Valley continued to build it up in the second. Frank Field scored 10 of his points during the quarter, including 4 for 5 from the free throw line. The team went 9 for 10 from the line, which was a nice boost any coach would love to see.
Hoosac Valley held Hampshire to just nine points in the quarter and put this game to bed before the halftime buzzer even hit. Hampshire looked to regroup in the third quarter and had a nice little run to start but the deficit was too big and when Hoosac increased the defensive pressure Hampshire had no answer for the pitfalls Hoosac had laid all over field.
With the game in hand, Hoosac looked to try new things defensively and try to understand even more of what they had up front.
“We tried to do different things with the defensive personnel and offensively trying to figure out who we are even this late in the year,” Robinson said. “We are Meczywor and Field and everyone knows that, but we need someone else to step in with consistency.”
Hoosac Valley wraps up the regular season Thursday against Pioneer on the road in hopes of heading into tournament season on a high.