Commodores, Eagles and Tigers all bow out of boys’ basketball playoffs

ADDISON COUNTY — The local boys’ basketball season came to a close when the three remaining county teams lost first-round games on Wednesday and Thursday. Middlebury and Vergennes dropped home contests, while Mount Abraham fell on the road.
In Division I, visiting No. 10 Brattleboro overpowered the No. 7 Tigers on Thursday, 55-28. The senior-laden Colonels came in at a battled-tested 10-10: Their schedule included nine games against the top six seeds in the D-I tournament and 13 D-I games overall, while the Tigers were 2-7 against D-I competition.
The Tigers played well defensively in holding the Colonels in check, but struggled against Brattleboro’s tough man-to-man defense all game and scored just 10 points in falling behind at halftime by 24 points.
Forwards Chris McAuliffe (14 points) and Kyle Patno (10) did damage for the Colonels in the paint, and guard Isaac Roach (13) hurt the Tigers with outside shooting and moves to the hoop.
Bobby Ritter led MUHS with 14, while Bryce Burrell andCullen Hathaway added five and four points, respectively. Sam Usilton (he and Aaron Smith were the only Tiger seniors to see significant minutes) did a good job on the boards and defense.
The Tigers finished with a winning record (11-10) despite graduating their entire 2013 starting lineup. 
The No. 7 Commodores’ defense of their D-II crown ended with a home loss to visiting No. 10 Bellows Falls on Wednesday, 56-49. VUHS led for most of the game, but the 8-13 Terriers cut the advantage to 38-37 entering the fourth quarter and then outscored VUHS by 19-11 to earn the road win.
The Terriers’ Kendrick Mills posed the biggest problem for VUHS, pouring in 30 points.
Liam Hayes scored 12 points and Jarret LaFleche tallied 11 as the Commodores, who lost two starters to discipline and illness in the past two weeks, finished at 9-12.
Also in D-II on Wednesday, No. 2 Lyndon ousted No. 15 Mount Abe, 81-57. Coach Mike Estey said his Eagles gave Lyndon a run early on, leading by 18-16 after the first period and showing determination all game.
“We played pretty well,” Estey said. “It was a good effort.”
But he said the 4-17 Eagles missed several makeable shots early in the second, allowing the 17-4 Vikings to take a 37-27 lead at the half. And ultimately, Mount Abe had no answer for the outside-inside tandem of Mason Lantz, who hit seven threes on the way to a 29-point night, and Ayerre Ntabana, who powered for 22 points inside.
Sawyer Kamman tossed in 16 to lead the Eagles, Travis Bachand scored 10, and Mark Jipner andWhit Lower added eight apiece. 

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