M-Basketball: Bucaneers Defeat Cougars 85-65

December 9, 2011

Kareem White drives to the basket for 2 of his 9 pointsHolyoke Community Drops Home Game Against Mass Bay

HOLYOKE, MA - Coming off their first win of the season Saturday at UCONN Avery Point, the Cougars hosted a 9-4 Mass Bay team at People's Bank Gymnasium Thursday night.  The length of the Bucaneer big men proved to be too much as Mass Bay came away with the 85-65 victory, handing HCC their fifth loss of the young season.

From the beginning it was apparent that both teams wanted to get up and down the floor, as there was a quick pace to the game.  Five minutes in, the Bucs enjoyed an early 4 point lead (8-4).  By the 12:26 mark the Cougars had cut that lead to just 2 (12-10) before calling a time out.  Sophomore forward Glenn Bovino (Chicopee) hit a 3-pointer out of the time out that put the Cougars up 13-12.  Bovino's 3 sparked an 8-4 run out the time out, giving HCC a 18-16 advantage with 9:53 remaining.  Mass Bay was then forced to use a time out in an effort to slow down the Cougars.  Aggresive defense including 2 blocks from freshman center Cyrel Lopes (New bedford) helped keep the Bucs at bay, resulting in a 26-26 tie with 5 minutes remaining in the first half.  The score would again be tied, this time at 30, before Mass Bay took a 37-32 lead into the break.

The Bucs continued to dominate the glass in the second half, getting second chance oppurtunities and scoring off put-backs.  By the 15 minute mark, Mass Bay had increased their 7 point halftime lead to 9.  Sophomore guard Carlos Ortiz provided a spark off the bench for the Cougars, scoring 15 points, 13 coming in the second half.  Down 59-45 midway throught the second half, the game started to slip away from the Cougars.  Mass bay would go on to earn the road victory against a Holyoke team that never gave up but came up short in the end.   

HCC's leading scorer, freshman guard Ruben Delrosario (Springfield; 17.3 ppg), once again led the Cougars with 16 points to go along with 6 assists.  Carlos Ortiz contributed a season-high 15 points off the bench. 

Mass Bay's Nate Nunez led all scorers with 18 points.

The 1-5 Cougars will take on Massasoit Community College this Saturday in Brockton at 3 p.m.  The next home game for HCC is Tuesday against Bristol Community College. 

Story and Photos by Matt Patenaude




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