CHESHIRE -- It's not a win, but it's a far better start than last year. The Hoosac Valley boys' basketball team dropped its season opener to Commerce, 83-67 at home, but it's not all bad news.
The Hurricanes did something they failed to do all season last year and matched another. Four players scored double digits for Hoosac, something it did not do in 20 games last season. Trevor Alibozek (19 points), Corey Puccio (15 points), Austin Milesi (10 points) and Matt Braman all recorded at least 10 points.
And as a team, the Hurricanes scored at least 10 points in each quarter, a feat they accomplished just once in 2011-12. The lowest quarterly output Tuesday night was 13 in the first. The 20 in the second was the highest.
"I thought our offense looked pretty good at times," coach Bill Robinson said. "We broke their press, but weren't cashing in. Then we started to and got them out of their press."
But until the Hurricanes were able to break the press, Commerce was building a sizable lead. It lead 25-13 after the first quarter and was up 14-4 mid way through the quarter. Hoosac cut the lead to four in the second quarter, but couldn't get over the top until the third quarter.
Hoosac started the second half on a 15-5 run for a 48-45 lead, but all it did was encourage Commerce to make a counter run. It did, and Hoosac was able to get the deficit to six in the fourth quarter, but couldn't climb back on top.
The biggest stat against the Hurricanes were their 27 turnovers, which Robinson was not happy about. He was pleased his team was able to score 67 despite the turnovers.
McCann girls' basketball
CHICOPEE -- Holyoke Catholic's zone troubled McCann Tech in the second quarter, limiting them to just two points over those eight minutes. That came back to bite the Hornets, as they lost 33-29.
Mary Nguyen had 19 points for the Hornets.
"We figured [the zone] out a little better in the third," said McCann coach Mike Dowling."