Housatonic falls to Northwestern 67-40
FALLS VILLAGE — A difficult season continued for the Housatonic Mountaineers boys basketball team as they lost at home to the Northwestern Highlanders Tuesday, Jan. 24.
Both teams were led in scoring by their senior forwards: Housatonic’s James Demaraies finished with 10 points while Northwestern’s Devin Devita closed out the night with 20.
Northwestern got off to a hot start and climbed to a 43-18 lead by the end of the first half.
After a halftime pep talk from Coach Kurt Johnson, the Mountaineers started to mount a comeback in the second half as they homed in on Demaraies down low. Demaraies scored eight of his 10 points in the third quarter to help Housy outscore Northwestern 13-8 during the quarter.
While going up for a loose ball late in the third, Mountaineer junior forward Flynn Ryan came down hard on his right ankle. The fall forced him to exit the game early with what appeared to be a sprain.
The Mountaineers looked to continue the rally into the fourth quarter, but their momentum had come too late in the game and the Highlanders could not be caught. Northwestern won the contest by a score of 67-40.
The win put Northwestern at the top of the Berkshire League standings with a record of 10-2 while Housatonic fell to 0-12 on the season.
Looking ahead, the Mountaineer squad is scheduled to be back on the Falls Village court on Tuesday, Feb. 7 when they host Terryville High School. JV will tip-off at 5:30 p.m. with varsity scheduled to follow at 7 p.m.