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Spartans storm past Hurricanes

Dion Brown dunks to open Monument Mountain’s scoring for the 2019-20 season Thursday night. (Photo by Matthew Tonis)

GREAT BARRINGTON— After losing seven members of the rotation during the offseason, questions of who will fill the roles of the departed carried into the Monument Mountain boys’ basketball team’s opening game Thursday night.

By the time the Spartans left the floor, however, at least a few of those queries were answered.

Monument steamrolled the Hoosac Valley Hurricanes 77-41 on the opening night of the MIAA winter season, setting the tone for what will likely be a free-wheeling season for the Spartan offense.

After about two scoreless minutes from Monument, Dion Brown cut down the lane and threw down a dunk for the first made field goal of the season.
That was the play the Spartans needed to get their offense kicked into high gear.

On the strength of runs of 10-0 and 11-0, Monument turned their initial struggles into a 30-11 lead after the first quarter, showing just how good its offense can be, especially, as Brown said, when the Spartans are running.

“We’re a small team,” Brown said. “We all run, we all sprint and I don’t think any team can stick with us when we’re running like that. Getting an early lead with tempo is so huge for us.”

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