HUDSON — There were no surprises. On Friday night, as Bishop McLaughlin took on district rival Tampa Prep — the No. 2-ranked team in the state — it seemed everyone knew the outcome.
Players. Fans. Coaches. Even the referees.
After the 53-14 defeat to the clearly more talented Terrapins, the Hurricanes — reeling since coach Greg O'Connell resigned Jan. 2 after a meeting with disgruntled parents — are 2-3 without O'Connell after starting the season 10-1.
"I'm very proud of our guys for not giving up tonight," new coach Les Parker said. "Obviously they are a better team than us. They took it to us."
The Hurricanes (12-4, 2-3) scored only a point until 2:19 remained in the second quarter. Tampa Prep (16-1, 3-0) was led by Jay Bowie's double double (14 points, 14 rebounds), and Tyler Raquet and Jamal Cherry each scored eight.
"Certainly we set the tone and tempo of the game from the beginning," Terrapins coach Joe Fenlon said. "At halftime, I wasn't very happy that we had 12 turnovers. So we have to focus on team goals, not individual, to keep the team in check."
Bishop McLaughlin shot an abysmal 2-of-27 from the floor, and Mike Holmes made its lone 3-pointer.