Hurricane drop Dream, 119-91
BROCTON — Though the weather in Brocton was less than ideal with heavy snow dumping on the village, a nice turnout of fans cheered the Chautauqua Hurricane to a 119-91 victory over the Dubois (Pa.) Dream on Saturday in Premier Basketball League action.
“We really want to thank the fans who toughened out the weather and came to watch us play,” Hurricane coach Jerome Moss said. “We really appreciated it.”
They did not walk away disappointed as the Hurricane received solid play from the starters, and a strong performance from the bench in taking down the Dream.
The starting five combined for 68 points, led by Tyquan Stroman’s 24 points and Marcus Feagin’s 18. Edwin Ubiles and Geno Green combined for 22 points.
Feagin also had 18 rebounds, five assists and three steals. Stroman had 10 rebounds while Ubiles had eight rebounds and eight assists.
But it was the bench play of Reuben Berry, Maurice Green and Anthony Hodge which stood out to Moss, as they combined for 35 points.
“They played a good game,” he said. “Those three guys came off the bench and contributed. I hope that continues to happen throughout the year and they give us real strong minutes. Our bench really stepped up this game. We will look to that throughout the season. The starters do their job and the bench comes in and keeps the pressure on the other team.
“I thought the entire team played really hard,” Moss continued. “Ubiles came in and controlled the ball early and set the stage for the rest of the guys to build some confidence.”
A strong first quarter by the Hurricane set the tempo for the night as they scored 37 points to take an 11-point advantage.
Armed with a 59-44 halftime lead, Moss was pleased how the Hurricane played in the third quarter, scoring 33 points to build a 92-71 advantage heading into the final 12 minutes.
Chautauqua never trailed despite Dubois tying the game four times while the Hurricane led by as many as 28.
“I like how we came out in the third,” Moss said. “Sometimes when you have a big lead at halftime, you come out slow in the third after having a lead, but we scored 32. I was impressed by our ability to keep the intensity.”
After looking through the game sheets, Moss liked the fact his team shot 49 percent from the field.
“That’s not bad shooting at all,” he said. “We spread the ball around and moved guys around. The guys made that extra pass, we looked to play team basketball throughout the entire game. After two games, our strength will be we move the ball around and find the guy with the best shot.”
Chautauqua looks for win number two this Friday when it travels to Jamestown.
Notes: Julius Francis led Dubois with 23 points while Reuel Moore had 20. Corey Callejas netted 12 and Dom Varcallo scored 11 in a losing cause.