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. We got our butts beat tonight and it's as simple as that."
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, which has nine players to Tampa Prep's 15, got only seven points from Chris Congemi, who was averaging 9.5 entering the game. The team shot 2-of-27 from the floor, and Mike Holmes made its lone 3-pointer.
"None of us like to get stomped out there," Parker said. "It's more fun for everyone when it's competitive. More fun for the players and coaches, and no one likes to get beat. I don't like it and I didn't like it tonight."