Hoosac Flirts with Upset but Falls to Pittsfield

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ADAMS, Mass — The Hoosac Valley boys' basketball team has flirted with some big upsets this year but as is the case with a young, inexperienced team, the Hurricanes couldn't make enough plays down the stretch to pull off the big win. 

Hoosac suffered another close defeat on Monday night, losing 49-47 at home to Pittsfield. It was the third time this season, including two separate occasions to the Generals, in which Bill Robinson's team lost a game by just two points.

After trailing 27-20 at halftime, the Hurricanes rallied back to take the lead with about three minutes remaining. Hoosac (2-15) couldn't execute down the stretch, however, and turned the ball over with 20 seconds left and Pittsfield (14-6) up by two. The visitors helped them out by missing the front end of a one-and-one, giving the 'Canes one more shot to win the game. They quickly got the ball out to point guard Matt Braman, but he was unable to knock down a long shot from 22 feet out as time expired. 

"It was a tough loss, but we had a good opportunity tonight," Robinson said. "We just couldn't completely execute down the stretch. We were able to run an effective inbounds play and get an ensuing steal, so executing wasn't totally a failure. We had a chance when were down two with 20 seconds to play, but we turned the ball over out of timeout because of some confusion." 

Sophomores Sean Ryan-Kut and Trevor Alibozek scored 12 points apiece to lead Hoosac. Ryan-Kut drained three triples on the night, while Alibozek helped out with seven rebounds and two assists. Junior forward Andrew Milesi was a force on the glass, ripping down a team-high 13 boards in addition to scoring four points. 

Amancho Adopo scored 13 points to lead the Generals, while teammate Brendan Hamel helped out with 12. 

The Hurricanes next play at Taconic at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday. 
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