OVUHS boys seal home court; VUHS wins, MUHS defeated

ADDISON COUNTY — In local high school boys’ basketball play earlier this week Otter Valley and Vergennes picked up wins, but Middlebury came up short. Mount Abraham was idle, but will host VUHS on Thursday.
Teams will play their final regular season games late this week, and the Vermont Principals’ Association will announce playoff pairings on Monday morning.
On Tuesday OV edged visiting Woodstock, 49-46, in a game that was close throughout. Josh Letourneau’s big night helped carry OV: He sank eight threes and scored 28 as the Otters used a big third quarter to erase a 27-24 halftime deficit before holding off the Wasps down the stretch.
Payson Williams chipped in 10 points as OV moved to 12-7 and clinched at least the No. 7 seed for the Division II playoffs with what was the Otters’ sixth win in seven outings. OV will wrap up with a game at Mount St. Joseph on Friday. Woodstock dropped to 10-9.
On Monday the Commodores rallied past host Enosburg, 59-50. VUHS erased a 43-41 Hornet lead entering the fourth quarter with an 18-7 margin in the final eight minutes. Lance Bergmans scored 17 points to lead the Commodores, while Noah Swainbank netted 15 to pace Enosburg (8-10).
The Commodores will wrap up with a visit to Mount Abe on Thursday. Both teams will carry 6-13 records into that contest and enter the D-II playoffs seeded somewhere between No. 11 and No. 14.
The Tiger boys lost at home to visiting Milton, 80-70, on Monday. Details on that game were not available. Milton improved to 14-5 with the win and locked down at least the No. 3 seed for the D-II playoffs. The Tigers dropped to 6-13 heading into their regular-season finale at home on Thursday vs. BFA-St. Albans, the Lake Division’s first-place team. MUHS will enter the D-I playoffs seeded between No. 12 and 14 depending on its and other teams’ results late this week.

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