Boys’ hoop: Tigers clinch Lake Division; Winslow scores 1,000th point

ADDISON COUNTY — Otter Valley senior John Winslow reached the 1,000-point milestone to highlight local boys’ basketball action in the latter half of last week.
Overall, OV won two of three games, while Middlebury won to clinch the Lake Division title and Vergennes and Mount Abraham came up short.
Winslow scored his 1,000th point on a third-period three-pointer at Woodstock on Wednesday. Overall, he scored 12 points to pump up his career total to 1,004 and join former teammate Ryan Kelley, who reached the 1,000-point plateau in 2013, as a quadruple-digit scorer. Prior to Kelley’s feat, the OV’s most recent 1,000-point scorer was Pat Tulley in 1998.
But despite the support of many OV fans who traveled to watch Winslow reach the landmark, host Woodstock improved to 17-0 with a 64-36 victory. Wasp standout Connor Fegard scored 22 points.
On Friday, the Otters knocked off visiting Division IV foe Arlington, 56-39. Winslow scoring seven of his team-high 11 points as OV pulled away in the third period. Connor Gallipo also tallied 11 for OV, and Derek Aines hit a pair of threes.
On Saturday, OV outlasted visiting D-IV Proctor, 47-45, as Carson Leary scored 11 of his team-high 17 points in the fourth period. The 13-4 Otters fell to fifth place in Division II after picking up only six points for the home wins over two D-IV foes.
On Thursday, the Tigers needed a late rally and overtime to subdue visiting Missisquoi, 64-55, in overtime and clinch the Lake title. MUHS is 14-4 and undefeated in the Lake Division with two league games to play, and every other Lake team has at least two league losses.
MUHS rallied from a nine-point fourth-quarter deficit to take the lead on a late Austin Robinson putback, but T-Bird Austin Sullivan hit two free throws with 0.6 seconds to go to force overtime. But the Tigers retained momentum in the extra session for the win, earning an 11-2 edge. Bobby Ritter (21 points), Oakley Gordon (14) and Robinson (10) did most of the scoring for MUHS, which will enter the last week of play in fifth place in the D-I standings. MVU dropped to 9-9.
Also on Thursday, a tough second half made the Commodores’ path to a top-four seed in D-II more challenging. Host BFA-St. Albans outscored VUHS, 50-6, after the break in a 67-25 Bobwhite victory that dropped VUHS to 13-5. Dylan Raymond’s nine points led VUHS, which lost for the fourth time in five games.
The Commodores retained fourth place in D-II, but are in a close race and must play at Missisquoi on Tuesday before closing their season by hosting MUHS on Thursday.
Visiting Milton (7-11) topped Mount Abe on Thursday, 62-41. Tyrus Keith tossed in 14 points for the 0-18 Eagles.

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