MONTPELIER — No. 3 Montpelier defeated the visiting No. 6 Middlebury Union High School boys’ basketball team, 72-59, in a Division II quarterfinal.
The Solons improved to 18-3, while the Tigers completed another winning season at 12-10.
Jonah Cattaneo led Montpelier with 26 points, and Ben Gambill added 15 points.
Tyler Buxton excelled in his last game for the Tigers with 21 points, 15 rebounds, three steals and three assists. Karic Riche and Maxwell Alberts, the latter just back from an injury, contributed 10 points apiece.
In a Wednesday first-round game the Tiger ousted No. 11 Lamoille...
RANDOLPH — On Wednesday No. 2 Randolph (14-7) eliminated the No. 15 Vergennes Union High School boys’ basketball team from the Division III playoffs, 71-38, in a first-round game.
Wyatt Messier sparked the Ghosts with 17 points and 12 rebounds.
Despite the efforts of seniors Kevin Jackson (13 points) and Luke Bergmans (12), the Commodores finished 0-21.
MOUNT ABE SENIOR Liam Kelliher goes up for two points vs. visiting North Country on Friday. North Country edged the Eagles despite Kelliher’s game-high 16 in his final home game.
Photo courtesy of Mark Bouvier
ADDISON COUNTY — In the final regular season local boys’ basketball games last week, Middlebury, Mount Abraham, Vergennes and Otter Valley all finished on losing notes.
The Vermont Principals Association was set to release playoff pairings early on Monday, with first-round games scheduled for this Tuesday and Wednesday and quarterfinals this coming weekend. Only MUHS will host a first-round matchup.
This article will be updated on Monday at addisonindependent.com detailing the teams’ schedules.
On Wednesday visiting Enosburg edged the Tigers, 50-48. Ethan Williams led the Hornets with...
ADDISON COUNTY — The competition proved to be too tough for the Mount Abraham, Vergennes and Otter Valley boys’ basketball teams earlier this week.
Teams are in their final week of play. The Vermont Principals’ Association will release playoff pairings on Monday morning.
On Tuesday host BFA-St. Albans edged Mount Abe, 50-46, in a game that was close throughout. The Eagles led, 44-41, when Bobwhite Nick Voyer tied the game with a three-point play. BFA’s Tyler Yates hit a three-pointer to put his team on top. Eagle Liam Kelliher scored to make it 47-46, then the Bobwhites iced the game...
ADDISON COUNTY — In local high school boys’ basketball play late last week, Middlebury picked up a road win, but the highway was unkind to Otter Valley, Mount Abraham and Vergennes.
Teams enter their final week of play this week, and the Vermont Principals Association will release playoff pairings this coming Monday morning.
On Friday the Tigers defeated host Missisquoi, 61-48, as Gabe Dunn (20 points) and Tyler Buxton (14) paced the offense.
The Tigers improved to 11-7 and clinched a winning season. They will wrap up by hosting Enosburg on Tuesday and visiting St. Albans on Thursday....
EAGLE JUNIOR FORWARD Koby LaRose gathers himself between Commodore defenders Gage Lalumiere and Jake Russell before going up for two points during the Mount Abe boys’ hoop team’s win over VUHS on Saturday.
Independent photo/Steve James
BRISTOL — The Mount Abraham Union High School boys’ basketball team on Saturday used tough defense and full-court pressure to limit visiting Vergennes to 25 points through three quarters on the way to a 57-46 victory.
The 8-8 Eagles were not always crisp in their set offense, but they were more effective than the Commodores — who also played well defensively — in creating points from turnovers. Ten Eagles scored, four between nine and the team-high 11 points tossed in by senior Liam Kelliher.
A surge early in the fourth quarter pushed their lead to 25 points, enough to withstand a late surge...
ADDISON COUNTY — In local high school boys’ basketball play late last week only Middlebury managed a victory. The Tigers split two games Mount Abraham, Vergennes and Otter Valley all came up short.
The Eagles also hosted the Commodores on Saturday; see story.
On Wednesday the Tigers defeated visiting Milton, 71-46, as Karic Riche sank nine three-pointers on the way to a 29-point night. Coach John Howe believes the nine threes to be a school record. Gabe Dunn (14 points) and Tyler Buxton (10) also reached double figures for MUHS.
On Saturday host North Country (12-3) shut down the...
MUHS SENIOR GUARD Tim Goettelmann controls the ball in traffic during Friday’s boys’ basketball game at MUHS. Visiting St. Albans rallied to defeat the Tigers.
Independent photo/Steve James
MIDDLEBURY — Both boys’ basketball teams at Middlebury Union High School on Friday evening used tough man-to-man defense and full-court presses, and both the host Tigers and visiting BFA-St. Albans probably also could have taken better care of the ball against that pressure.
For three quarters the Tigers were more successful applying and dealing with defensive pressure, but in the fourth quarter the Bobwhites amped up their press and forced seven turnovers. The Bobwhites also scored 26 of their 62 points in the period to wipe out an 11-point Tiger lead and come away with a 62-57 victory.
ADDISON COUNTY — In local high school boys’ basketball action late last week, Mount Abraham, Otter Valley and Vergennes all came up short on the road.
On Friday host North Country improved to 11-2 with a 63-53 victory over Mount Abraham. Brett Roy led the Falcons with 20 points, 16 in the second half as NCU pulled away.
Liam Kelliher (14 points), Henry Cogswell (13) and Griffin Paradee (11) all reached double figures for the Eagles (7-7). Mount Abe will visit Missisquoi on Wednesday and host Vergennes on Saturday at 12:30 p.m.
On Friday host Milton moved to 9-4 by defeating...
ADDISON COUNTY — Middlebury topped Vergennes and Mount Abraham picked up a big road win to highlight local high school boys’ basketball earlier this week, when also Otter Valley lost at home.
MUHS VS. VUHS
The Tigers used pressure defense and a big night from junior Karic Riche to sink the Commodores, 78-53, on Tuesday. Riche nailed six three-pointers on the way to a career-high 31 points; Tyler Buxton and Gabe Dunn added 20 and 10, respectively; and, according to Coach John Howe, Drew Gill and Mason Kaufmann rebounded well. The Tigers improved to 7-5 headed into a Friday home game with St....