|Ruben Delrosario drives to the basket in Tuesday's win over Uconn Avery Point. Delrosario scored 22 points to lead the Cougars past the Huskies.|
Holyoke Community defeats Uconn Avery Point for second time this season
HOLYOKE, MA - Uconn Avery Point made a late push scoring 44 points in the second half compared to only 26 in the first, but came up short Tuesday night as the Cougars completed their 2011-12 sweep of the Huskies. Four Cougars posted double-digit scoring efforts while freshman Ruben Delrosario (Springfield) led the way with 22 points.
Jumping out to an early 9-0 lead, stemming from two 3-pointers by Delrosario and one by sophomore Jose Gonzalez (Holyoke), the Cougars forced the Huskies to call a quick time out. Avery Point finally got on the board with a free throw at the 15:23 mark before eventually scoring their first field goal on a dunk with 13:22 remaining until halftime.
The Cougars had opened up a 21-9 lead midway through the first half with Delrosario outscoring the Huskies 10-9 at that point. Behind 16 first half points from Delrosario, Holyoke Community would take a 36-26 lead into the locker room.
Freshman Isaac Linton (Holyoke) came up with steals on the first two Avery Point possesions of the second half with HCC converting one of them into points. By the 15:26 mark, the Huskies had tied the game at 40-40. The game would reamain close as the scoreboard read 48-48 five minutes later.
After a Gonzalez steal led to a spinning basket in the lane by sophomore Eloy Figueroa (Holyoke), the Holyoke advantage grew to 7 points. The offense picked up for both sides with about eight minutes remaining.
Finding themselves in foul trouble late, the Cougars were down to four players on the floor with 1:43 remaining and 67-64 a lead. The Holyoke lead had been cut to only one by the :53 second mark when Gonzalez found freshman Denzel Washington (Springfield) underneath the hoop for a basket and the foul. Washington made good on the free throw before the Cougars forced an Avery Point turnover on the ensuing possession.
Leading 72-70 with 13 seconds on the clock, Gonzalez hit one of two free throws, forcing the Huskies to look for three points on the final possession of the game. Holyoke came up with a stop as time expired, giving the Cougars a well-deserved 73-70 victory.
Delrosario led HCC with 22 points while Figueroa scored 16, freshman Carlos Ortiz (Hamden) had 11 and Washington scored 10. Gonzalez and Linton chipped in with 8 and 6 points respectively.
The Cougars take to the road to face Roxbury Community College next Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.
Story and Photos by Matt Patenaude