McCann Cruises to Second Straight VictoryNORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The McCann Tech boys' basketball team ran through a gauntlet of good Berkshire County teams early in its schedule this year, but the stiff competition seems to be paying off for the Hornets, who grabbed their second victory in as many days with a 66-22 win over Mount Everett in the Coaches vs. Cancer boys' basketball tournament on Saturday.
Justin Kratz's team simply overpowered the Eagles, who only managed to score 11 points total in the final three quarters of play. McCann (2-5) opened up a 24-11 lead after the first quarter of play and then used an 18-3 run in the second quarter to enter halftime up by 28 points. Every single player on the Hornets' roster scored at least two points and grabbed at least two rebounds.
"The guys played well," Kratz said. "We were able to get the ball inside, some which is what we are trying to learn how to do. Our press worked pretty well. The guys were playing hard, and I think they are starting to understand some things we've been working on, which is translating into a better performance on the floor. We only had eight turnovers in the game, which is something we've been working on, and guys were aggressive to the basket, another thing we've been working on. Even though we had everyone score, I was happier that everyone on the team had at least two rebounds or more."
Senior Mike Chappell led McCann with 14 points, five rebounds and three assists, while classmate Nate Gutmann finished with 11 points and three assists. Blake Ferrara led Everett with eight points.
The Hornets next play at Franklin Tech at 7 p.m. on Tuesday night.