Local boys’ basketball teams are all defeated

ADDISON COUNTY — Vergennes, Middlebury and Mount Abraham all dropped boys’ basketball games in the past week.
Otter Valley was idle earlier this week; the 5-4 Otters defeated the Eagles on Jan. 13, a game covered in the Jan. 15 edition of the Independent.
On Jan. 10 the Commodores fell at Mill River, 71-61. The 6-1 Minutemen took a 12-point second-quarter lead and led by 10 at the break, but VUHS cut the margin to seven several times before MRU hit enough free throws to nail down the win. Tyler Shelvey’s 16 points led four MRU players in double figures. Lance Bergmans recorded 22 points and eight boards for VUHS, Kyriek Smith hit four treys and scored 16, and Bailey Smith sank four threes for 12 points.
On Saturday the Commodores came within a buzzer-beater of defeating one of Division II’s top teams before falling to Fair Haven in overtime, 58-52. Slater Andrew Freeman forced overtime with that buzzer-beater and finished with 12 points, while teammate Cam Coloutti led all scorers with 27 as Fair Haven moved to 6-1. Bergmans scored 23 for VUHS and grabbed 12 boards.
On Monday Montpelier coasted past VUHS, 76-50, as Leo Riby-Williams (20) and Liam Mears and Dave Ackerson (17 each) combined for 54 points for the 5-2 Solons.
Bergmans (18) and Ethan Sausville (16) led the Commodores (1-5).
On Monday host Spaulding edged MUHS, 58-55, as Sam Bigglestone scored six of his 20 points late to spark the 1-5 Tide in a back-and-forth contest. Cody Pomainville scored a game-high 22 points for the Tigers, who dropped to 1-6.
On Monday visiting Mill River improved to 6-1 with a 55-44 victory over Mount Abe. The Eagles fought back to within 44-40 midway through the final period before the Minutemen pulled away as Tyler Shelvey scored five of his 11 points down the stretch. Chad Young led MRU with 12 points.
Eagle guard Shain Sargent led all scorers with 13 points as Mount Abe dropped to 4-5.

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