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Chautauqua Hurricane drop home opener

December 10, 2015
By Craig Harvey ( , Westfield Republican

FREDONIA (Dec. 6) - Kassim Green did all he could for the Chautauqua Hurricane, but it was hardly enough as his team fell to the Rochester Ravens, 109-84, on Sunday at the Steele Hall Fieldhouse as pro basketball made its debut in the North County.

The Monroe Community College product scored a game-high 38 points, including the team's first 11 points.

"He had a good scoring night and kept us in the game for a while," Hurricane coach Jerome Moss said. "He was the only one on the team that did that for us. We are glad he came along and he did a decent job."

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Kassim Green of the Chautauqua Hurricane goes up for a shot against a Rochester Ravens defender, during their game on Sunday at the Steele Hall Fieldhouse in Fredonia.

At the midway point of the opening quarter, the Hurricane led 9-8 - all of which came from Green.

It was the last time the Hurricane had the lead, as Rochester went on several runs throughout the game and Chautauqua could not match them.

Coming into the contest, Moss knew he would have to slow down Ravens' big man Anyar Majak.

Easier said than done.

Listed at a generous 6-feet-9-inches, Majak made his presence felt early as he scored 12 of his team-high 30 points in the first quarter.

"He is big," Moss said. "What he did really well was when he shot the ball, he followed his shot. If you played defense on him once, it didn't matter. He kept coming. He did a real good job."

Heading into the fourth quarter ahead 79-65, Majak scored six quick points, including consecutive two-hand jams and another dunk off an alley-oop to balloon the lead, 85-65.

With Chautauqua guard Jared Dewberry being seemingly unstoppable through two games, the Urbana University product scored a pedestrian eight points.

"I don't know how much they slowed him down," Moss continued. "I think he slowed himself down. He had a lot of family members in town to watch him play. I think he put too much pressure on himself because he couldn't play."

Not helping matters was the fact the Hurricane had trouble from the field all night in arguably their worst shooting performance of the season.

Even from the foul line, where they have been solid, the Hurricane shot just 14 of 25.

"Overall, I know we had a poor shooting night - especially from the foul line," Moss said. "If we could have hit our foul shots, it would have kept us in the game early. We were missing foul shots and then turned around and missed our layups. It made for a long night."

With a 1-2 record over the past eight days, Moss said his team is still learning the speed and aggressiveness of the game.

The lack of explosive plays compared to their opponents in Chautauqua's two losses has been evident, but Moss is confident his team will get there.

"That's experience," he said. "Some of these teams have guys coming back from last year and know how the league runs. Our team is all new and we are still getting to know each other. All that combined, that's what you get."

Despite the loss, Moss and his team were appreciative of the fans who came to Steele Hall on Sunday to support local basketball, and he knows his team will be better going forward.

"This is a great place to play," Moss said. "I wish we could have put on a better performance. We have three games under our belt now - three different kinds of games. If we can learn something from all three, we will be better prepared. I take away that you have to play all out, all the time. We have to go back to basics - boxing out and hitting free throws. Those are the types of things that keep you in this type of game."



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