December 11, 2013

Hornets apply pressure, defeat Eagles

PLATTSBURGH — Plattsburgh unleashed its tenacious defense onto Beekmantown to pull away for the victory.

After a slow start, the Hornets were able to gain momentum by forcing the Eagles into turnovers, and defeated Beekmantown, 76-63, in boys’ Northern Basketball League action Tuesday.

“Big one to start the season off with a win,” Plattsburgh’s Garrett Frady said. “Defense is not skill, it’s all heart. Defense is every day and that is why we won (Tuesday).”

Frady lit up the stat sheet and seemed to be everywhere on the floor for the Hornets. He finished with 28 points, nine steals, six assists and three rebounds.

“Frady had an all around great game,” Plattsburgh coach Chris Hartmann said. “(He) led us offensively and defensively as well.”

Beekmantown seemed to have the momentum early as it led 14-9 at the end of the first quarter.

However the Hornets took over midway through the second, partly due to the pressure they applied with their full-court press.

“We tightened up our defense; we controlled what they did on offense,” Frady said.

Plattsburgh finally took the lead around the five-minute mark of the second quarter. Taoufik Maknani was able to make a steal, run the floor, initiate a foul and make an acrobatic finish on the other end. With the made free-throw attempt the Hornets took the 20-18 lead.

Maknani finished with 14 points and added three boards, three steals and one assist. Teammate Robert Mathews also had a solid night for the Hornets, as he was one rebound shy of a double-double. He finished with 17 points and nine rebounds.

“Mathews is the hardest worker every day,” Hartmann said. “He came up with big rebounds and was on the receiving end of some great passes from Frady.”

The Eagles’ Greg Manney and Justin Stevens were able to keep the game within reach with their hot shooting, especially behind the arc.

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