Boys’ high school hoop teams earn victories

ADDISON COUNTY — In recent high school boys’ basketball action, Vergennes, Mount Abraham and Otter Valley picked up wins, but Middlebury lost twice on the road.
On Jan. 24, the Commodores clipped host Milton, 56-36, behind the scoring of Josh Benning (21 points) and Wesley Miedema (14). VUHS improved to 5-7 as the Yellowjackets dropped to 1-11.
Also on that Friday, the Eagles got past visiting Missisquoi, 57-49. Travis Bachand gave Mount Abe a lift with 14 points and eight rebounds, and Sawyer Kamman added 11 points as the Eagles moved to 3-9 at the expense of the 1-10 Thunderbirds. 
On that Friday, John Winslow erupted for 31 points and 20 rebounds as OV downed host Leland & Gray, 66-55. Connor Gallipo (14 points) and Kai Norwood (12) also chipped in for the Otters.
On Tuesday, the Otters used a tie-breaking 11-0 run in the late-going on the way to a 52-40 victory over visiting Proctor for their third win in a row, a streak that followed a series of close losses and improved their record to 5-7. Norwood triggered the surge with seven points, including the tie-breaking three-pointer, and scored all 10 of his points in the fourth. Winslow scored a game-high 21, Derek Bassette added nine, and the OV defense forced 24 Proctor turnovers.
On Friday, host BFA-St. Albans pulled away from a nine-point halftime lead to defeat MUHS, 53-34. Bobby Ritter led the Tigers with 11 points.
On Monday, streaking Rutland thumped MUHS, 82-28. Sam Usilton (eight points) and Bryce Burrell (six) led the Tigers as they fell to 5-6. 

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