Then, it was more of the same in the third quarter. The team that was leaning on Cross in the first eight minutes was now spreading the ball around and beating the Tanners from all angles.
Beverly outscored Peabody 31-14 in the third quarter to completely put the game away.
“We hung with them for a quarter, but Beverly got really hot offensively and defensively and we got cold,” Peabody (1-4) coach Thad Broughton said. “They’re a fantastic team. We have to play a very good game to beat them and honestly they were fantastic tonight. They hit shots, rebounded and did all the things that you need to win.”
Beverly ended up with four players in double figures. John Berchoff made nine free throws and finished with 15 and Chris Sinclair scored nine of his 14 in the second half. Sophomore guard Kyle Coughlin came off the bench to contribute 13 points.
Peabody, meanwhile, didn’t have one player reach double figures. Matt Correale and Brian Onessimo each had nine points and Jared McCarron pitched in eight.
“The way I look at it, it’s early in the season and it’s a learning process. It’s good for them to see what a program hitting on all cylinders looks like,” Broughton said. “For us, our young guys have to do some of the things that are going to make them better. We have to go back to practice and work on what we did wrong tonight and correct those mistakes.”