Second half surge as MAU tops 'Canes

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BENNINGTON — The Mount Anthony boys basketball team used their defense early and then a big offensive surge in the second half to score a 73-48 victory over Hoosac Valley (Mass.) on Tuesday night at Kates Gym.

"We have a tendency to be a second half team and we talked this week about playing a complete game," said Mount Anthony coach Marcus Hass. "We have to start and finish [strong] and a big spark was Jack [Bushee] on defense."

Ahead by three after the first quarter, 15-12, the Mount Anthony defense put the clamp down in the second, holding the Hurricanes to six points in the frame. At the same time, MAU scored 16 points to head to the locker room ahead by 13 at 31-18.

Hoosac Valley came out of the half quickly, scoring the first six points, but Abe Amidon hit a three to keep the lead in double digits and then Matt Steadman gave the Patriots a 12-point lead after a steal and layup with 3:03 left in the third.

"[Hoosac Valley] is a team that if you let them hang around too long, they'll do some good things," Hass said. "We wanted to pressure their ball handlers and rebound the basketball."

Amidon scored 25 points to lead all scorers, while Steadman and Brandon Anderson each chipped in with nine points. Steadman's scoring all came in the second half.

"I give a lot of credit to my teammates," said Amidon, who hit four 3-pointers on the night. "They got me open with good passes and I was able to either take it to the hoop or shoot from outside."

After a basket from Dave Crittelli, MAU went on a 10-2 run to push the lead to 49-31 with seconds remaining in the third.

Then Mount Anthony put the game away in the fourth, getting baskets from Steadman and then a three from Amidon on a stepback to make it 56-39. On the next possession, Sam Larabee was called for a foul and in the ensuing scrum, was called for two technical fouls and ejected.

MAU made three of the five free throws from the technicals and eventually pushed the lead to 63-39 before both teams started to sub in their backups.

"It was getting a little chippy and we had to keep our composure," Hass said.

Hoosac Valley was led by Nick Waterman's 14 and Izaha Stubbs' 8 points.

Eleven of the 13 players for the Patriots scored as MAU racked up 42 points in the second half compared to Hoosac Valley's 30.

MAU is 5-1 and hosts undefeated Mount St. Joseph on Friday.

"MSJ is undefeated and hopefully we'll be able to do some good things in front of the Kates Krazies on Friday," Hass said.


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