It was just another Friday night at the office for the Hoosick Falls Panthers. After suffering through a poor shooting first period that ended with Cambridge holding a 14-10 lead, the Falls did what they do, which is everything well, outscoring the Indians 45-18 over the middle two quarters in posting the 69-44 road “W”.
Both teams scored on their first possession of the night, Tristan Williams for the Falls with Nick Murphy answering for Cambridge, then the two squads went cold with the next points in the game coming at the 4:30 mark on a Ben Epler corner three, giving Cambridge a 5-2 lead.
With the game tied at 8-8 late in the quarter, the Indians used a pair of long balls from Brian Hall and Epler, to take a 14-10 advantage into the second frame.
An Epler triple early in the second period gave Cambridge their biggest lead of the night at 17-12, but the Falls went on a mini 7-0 run with a Dimitri Rose trey and lay-up sandwiched around a pair of Jon Kempf free throws giving the Panthers a 19-17 edge.
The Indians pulled even with 4:20 left in the quarter on two free throws by Brad Rowland, but from there Hoosick Falls took control.
The Panthers finished the half with a 14-2 spurt fueled by Kempf’s eight points, along with buckets by Rose, Williams and Max Kipp, giving the Falls a 33-21 advantage heading into the break.
Midway thru the third a bucket and one by the Indians Rowland kept Cambridge within reach, trailing 43-29, but Kempf scored 10 points over the final three minutes on back to back triples and a pair of scores at the rim, and the Falls lead ballooned to 55-32 with eight minutes remaining.
The two squads played evenly through the final period with both teams getting all their players some run before the final horn.
Cambridge, (0-3), was led by Epler who finished with 20 points, including five 3-pointers, with Hall adding 11 points for the Indians.
Hoosick Falls, (5-0), put three players in doubles with Kempf scoring 31 points, Rose 14, with Williams adding 10.