Boys’ hoop: Commodores, Tigers prevail

ADDISON COUNTY — Middlebury edged host Otter Valley to highlight local union high school boys’ basketball play late last week. In other action, Vergennes rallied past Fair Haven, and OV lost on the road.
The Otters also hosted Mount Abraham on Saturday; see story on Page 18.
On Friday, the Tigers rallied for a 48-42 victory at OV after the Otters had taken a 27-18 halftime lead. A 20-4 MUHS run in the second half proved to be decisive. Oakley Gordon led the 3-3 Tigers with 16 points, and Bobby Ritter and Sam Usilton added 10 apiece. Connor Gallipo tossed in 16, and John Winslow added 13 for the Otters, who dropped to 2-4 headed into Saturday’s rematch with the Eagles.
On Wednesday, host Poultney avenged an earlier loss to OV with a 60-47 decision. Poultney took a 20-10 lead after one period, led by 11 at the half, and did not allow the Otters to come closer than 10 in the second half.
Winslow led OV with 16 points and 25 rebounds, Gallipo recorded 13 points and 11 rebounds, and Collin Eugair added 10 points.
On Wednesday, host Burr & Burton improved to 5-0 with a 74-36 win over the Commodores. Wesley Miedema andAaron Gaines scored seven apiece to lead VUHS.
On Saturday, the Commodores bounced back to rally past the Slaters, 48-44. Fair Haven led by 17 at the break, but Josh Benning andJarrett LaFleche combined for 32 second-half points to spark the VUHS comeback. Benning scored 16 of his 21 points after the break, and LaFleche tallied all 16 of his points in the second half as VUHS moved to 3-6.
Nick Boule and Michael LaPlaca led the 3-3 Slaters with eight points apiece. 

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