In boys’ hoop: VUHS, Tigers, Otters victorious

ADDISON COUNTY — Middlebury won its sixth straight game, this time at Mount Abraham’s expense, to highlight local high school boys’ basketball action late last week. In other action, Otter Valley won on the road and Vergennes split two games.
The Tigers improved to 12-4 and moved into fifth place in the Division I standings by defeating the host Eagles on Friday, 76-37. Leading the Tigers were Oakley Gordon (15 points), Bryce Burrell andBob Ritter (10 points each), Austin Robinson (nine points, nine rebounds, six steals) and Jon Fitzcharles (eight points, 12 rebounds). The Tigers also remained two games ahead of BFA-St. Albans and VUHS for the Lake Division title. They host the Bobwhites on Monday.
Joey Payea scored eight to lead the Eagles, who remained in search of their first victory.
On Thursday, OV defeated visiting Leland & Gray, 64-52, as senior forward John Winslow tossed in 26 points and hauled in 16 rebounds. Winslow now has 992 points entering the Otters’ Monday game at Leland & Gray. Connor Gallipo added 11 points for OV, which improved to 11-3 and maintained its place among the top four teams in the D-II standings.
On Thursday, visiting BFA-St. Albans topped VUHS, 50-39, dealing the Commodores’ hopes for a Lake Division title a blow with their second league loss. The Bobwhites (8-7) led at the half, 24-22, and then pulled away after the break behind an effective full-court press. Wesley Miedema recorded a triple-double to lead VUHS, recording 13 points, 10 rebounds and 10 blocks.
The Commodores bounced back the next night against visiting Lake rival Missisquoi, 63-53. Adam Gill (13 points) and Tyler Kepes (11) helped VUHS take a 28-16 halftime lead and improve to 13-3. They remain in second place in D-II behind undefeated Woodstock.

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