In boys’ hoop, Middlebury squeaks by Mt. Abe

ADDISON COUNTY — In local high school boys’ basketball action late last week, Middlebury rallied past Mount Abraham, and Vergennes lost on the road.
Otter Valley (7-8) was set to visit West Rutland on Wednesday, but that game was postponed by snow and moved to Feb. 17. Heading into this week, OV held down the No. 8 spot in the Vermont Principals’ Association Division II standings.
On Friday, visiting Mount Abraham shut down the Tigers in the first half and took a 29-16 lead at the break. But the Tigers held Mount Abe to just eight points in the second half and fought back for a 41-37 victory that allowed them to nose over .500 at 8-7. Connor Quinn andBobby Ritter led a balanced MUHS attack with seven points apiece.
The Eagles fell to 4-12 despite the competitive effort and 13 points from Mark Jipner.
On Friday, VUHS lost a chance to reach .500 and stay within a game of the Lake Division lead when host Missisquoi rallied past the Commodores in the second half to win, 59-55. The 3-13 T-Birds trailed by four at the break and by two entering the fourth quarter, but outscored VUHS in the final period by 19-13 to earn the four-point win.
VUHS dropped to 7-9 overall despite 35 points from Josh Benning, a local high this season. The Commodores also dropped into a second-place tie with MUHS in the Lake Division with two league losses behind BFA-St. Albans, which remains unbeaten in league play. BFA must still play at both MUHS and VUHS, however. VUHS also remained in seventh place in D-II statewide as of Monday.

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