Boys’ basketball: MUHS win highlights boys’ hoop

ADDISON COUNTY — In local high school boys’ basketball play, all on Monday, Middlebury won a key Lake Division game, but Vergennes was upset on the road and Mount Abraham dropped a home contest.
Otter Valley’s Monday game at Leland & Gray was postponed until Feb. 21 due to snow in the southern part of the state. That postponement put on hold OV senior John Winslow’s quest for 1,000 points. Winslow stood at 992 entering a game set for Wednesday night at Woodstock after the deadline for the print edition of this issue of the Independent. As Andy Kirkaldy reported, Winslow indeed surpass the 1,000-point mark on Wednesday.
The Tigers remained undefeated and in first place in Lake Division play by outlasting second-place BFA-St. Albans, 67-60, at MUHS. The Bobwhites are now in a three-way tie for second with Missisquoi and VUHS, all with three league losses with three games to go, and the Tigers own the tie-breaker over them due to having beaten them twice.
Remaining on the Tigers’ schedule are Feb. 12 and 17 home games with Missisquoi and Mount Abraham, respectively, and a Feb. 21 road game at VUHS. A win in any of those contests will clinch the Lake Division crown for MUHS. Theoretically, VUHS or Missisquoi could still run the table and tie MUHS for the top if the Tigers fail to win any of their remaining games.
On Monday, MUHS led by one at the half, established a lead, and then made enough free throws to hold on. Oakley Gordon poured in 25 points to lead the way, and Bryce Burrell andBobby Ritter added 13 and 12 points, respectively.
The Tigers are also in the thick of a battle for the Nos. 3 through 7 seeds in the Division I playoffs and look good for at least one home playoff game.
The Commodores’ hopes for a Lake title took a hit with a 43-42 upset at Milton (6-11). Yellowjacket Kyle Apgar’s offensive rebound basket in the waning moments proved to be the difference. The Commodores dropped to 13-4 despite 13 points apiece from Liam Hayes andAdam Gill.
They also dropped behind OV (11-3) and into fourth place in D-II pending the Otters’ Wednesday result at undefeated first-place Woodstock. Lamoille (12-3) and Lyndon (12-5) stood in third and fifth, respectively, on Tuesday morning.
Visiting Missisquoi (9-8) kept pace with the Lake leaders on Monday by defeating host Mount Abe, 78-45. Four T-Birds scored in double figures, enough to offset the efforts of Eagles Tyrus Keith (13 points) and Jackson Counter (10). 

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