Middlebury downs Mt. Abe to highlight boys’ hoop action

ADDISON COUNTY — Middlebury bested Mount Abraham to highlight local high school boys’ basketball in the latter half of last week. In other action both the Eagles and Tigers came up short, Vergennes split two games, and Otter Valley lost at home to a Division I opponent.
On Wednesday four MUHS players reached double figures as the host Tigers got past the Eagles, 78-68. Cody Pomainville’s 19 points led the way, JD Goettelmann scored 14, and Bas Phair and Tim Goettelmann added 12 each.
Dustin Whitcomb paced the Eagles with a season-high 20 points, and Jackson Counter tossed in 16.
On Saturday visiting Rutland, the defending D-I champion, topped the Tigers, 77-42. MUHS trailed the Raiders by just 25-20 after one period before the visitors took charge. Pomainville and Skyeler Devlin scored 10 apiece, and Zach Dunn added nine for MUHS (3-7). Jamison Evans led 11 Raiders who scored with 21 points.
On Friday visiting Enosburg used two big runs to subdue Mount Abe, 54-35. After a close first quarter the Hornets went on a 16-2 run in the second period. The Eagles fought back to within 38-31, but Enosburg closed the game with a 16-4 surge. Casey Caforia led the Hornets with 19. Whitcomb and Shain Sargent each scored 10 for the 4-8 Eagles.
On Wednesday the host Commodores snapped a six-game losing streak by topping winless Missisquoi, 70-48. Bailey Smith sank eight three-pointers and scored 26 points to spark VUHS, and Lance Bergmans added 14. VUHS led by 32-29 at the half and then pulled away. Ethan Creller scored 21 for MVU.
 On Friday host St. Albans remained undefeated in the Lake Division with a 69-36 victory over the Commodores. Jens Ulrich-Verderber scored 24 points for St. Albans, while Ethan Sausville led VUHS (2-7) with 11. 
On Friday D-I Mt. Anthony outlasted the host Otters, 60-54, snapping a 50-50 tie in the fourth quarter. Coach Greg Hughes said a few bounces went MAU’s way, and the Otters (5-5) couldn’t get shots to fall in the stretch. Three Otters reached double figures: Payson Williams (16), Dylan Mackie (12) and Josh Letourneau (10).  

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