On a night where defense was king the Indians from Schaghticoke nearly threw a first half shutout, and did enough offensively to post the 37-17 victory over Cambridge Wednesday night in Cambridge.
The Valley started the game with a flurry, scoring eight points in the first two minutes on a Matt Rowe putback and corner threes from Isaac Carlo and Derek Eddy. But Cambridge switched from their 2-3 zone and went man to man defensively and the game turned into a contest where points were hard to come by.
Cambridge scored their first points of the night when Dylan Burke connected on a jumper with 1:00 remaining in the opening period, and at quarter’s end the Valley led 10-2.
Carlo scored on a finish at the rim on the Valley’s first possession of the second, and Zach Ryan added a pair of inside buckets midway through the quarter while Hoosic Valley continued to keep Cambridge off the board.
A Carlo triple from the top gave the Valley a 19-2 cushion late in the period, with Cambridge adding a Jeffrey Burke free throw in the quarter’s final minute as the teams went to the break.
In the third Hoosic Valley converted on 6 of 10 free throws and Carlo scored twice from the field, while Cambridge used a free throw, baskets by Burke and Ben Epler, and a long 3-pointer from Matthew Romack for a 10 point period that ended with the Valley leading 31-13 heading to the fourth.
It was more of the same over the final eight minutes with both teams struggling to find any rhythm offensively, as the Valley closed things out to notch their second win in three outings.
Carlo with 16 points led Hoosic Valley who will take the floor on Friday night when they welcome in the Red Raiders from Mechanicville.
Burke led Cambridge offensively with five points for the 1-2 Indian squad that will travel to Saratoga on Friday night to face the Saints.