In boys’ hoop, Tigers, VUHS, OV each win

ADDISON COUNTY — In local high school boys’ basketball action late last week, Otter Valley, Vergennes and Middlebury all posted wins, while Mount Abraham lost on the road.
On Saturday, the Otters dealt D-IV power Twin Valley (12-1) its first loss, 55-41. The game was close most of the way, with OV leading by 34-32 entering the final period. But big hoops by Carson Leary, John Winslow, Collin Eugair andDerek Aines helped OV pull away. Eugair finished with a season-high 17 points to lead OV, followed by Aines (11), Leary (eight) and Winslow (seven).
The 9-2 Otters solidified their grip on fourth place in D-II, and on Tuesday will travel to challenge another unbeaten team, Woodstock, which is in first place in D-II.
On Friday, the Tigers claimed a key Lake Division win at BFA-St. Albans, 63-54. MUHS rallied from a 31-25 halftime deficit and outscored the Bobwhites, 27-14, in the fourth quarter. Coach Chris Altemose was pleased with his team’s rebounding, ballhandling vs. pressure and free-throw shooting in the decisive second half.
Leading the way were Austin Robinson (25 points, 14 in the final period, 17 rebounds), Oakley Gordon (16 points, four assists), and Bryce Burrell (10 points, eight boards). The Tigers improved to 8-4 and moved into seventh place in the tightly packed Division I standings. They do not play again until road games at Missisquoi and Milton on Thursday and Saturday, respectively.
On Thursday, the Commodores had to rally past visiting Milton (4-8) to prevail, 44-41, and improve to 11-1 and remain in second place in Division II behind Woodstock. Their 20-7 advantage in the third quarter proved decisive in overcoming a halftime deficit. Adam Gill led a balanced VUHS effort (11-1) with 11 points, while Liam Hayes,Dylan Raymond andJosh Dam chipped in eight points apiece.
On Friday, host Missisquoi (7-5) downed the Eagles, 71-35. The Eagles will seek their first win on Wednesday, when they visit Milton. They also travel to VUHS on Friday.

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