HINSDALE, N.H. -- The Pittsfield boys basketball players don’t seem to know anything about "post moves" or "setting up plays."
They prefer to run and gun.
From start to finish on Monday night, the Panthers put five guards on the floor, full-court pressed and wore down host Hinsdale for a 72-51 victory.
"We came out more fired up than usual. It may have been a carryover from Skylar’s big night," said Hinsdale coach Brad Venice, whose team had cheered on Bonnette as she scored her 1,000th career point in Game 1 of the doubleheader.
The winless Pacers stole a 12-0 lead in the first four minutes. Floor general Matt Boggio, who had to dribble through the pressure over and over, scored the team’s first two baskets. Center Kyle Rideout then delivered inside, before RJ Tacelli buried consecutive 3-pointers. Coach Venice was clearly loving it. With two starters out with injuries, his team was in an absolute zone.
Dan O’Melia had a blocked shot and a couple of rebounds as the Pacers took a 16-9 lead into the second quarter.
"Dan had a big game for us. He earned himself more playing time," commented Venice. "RJ is a streaky player. When he gets going, he can fill it up."
The same can be said for Pittsfield’s Kris Perkins. He scored the first eight points of the second quarter, on a pair of putbacks and a 3, helping the up-tempo Panthers take a 34-28 advantage to the break.
And they kept the pedal to the metal.
Casey Ward, Xouthios Cyr and Perkins all scored off of steals as the visitors put up 25 points in an eight-minute span to make it lopsided.
The home fans were excited at times in the second half. Boggio and Tacelli each delivered from downtown, and Rideout scored on a layup after a beautiful give-and-go play with O’Melia.
Perkins and Cyr paced the winners with 25 and 20 points respectively. Boggio (14 points), Tacelli (12), Rideout (10) and O’Melia (10) were the top scorers for the hosts.
"This was our most complete game. This was our best-played game," noted Venice.
The Pacers will play at Monadnock tonight.
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