Otters, Tigers the victors in boys’ basketball

ADDISON COUNTY — In local high school boys’ basketball late last week, Otter Valley knocked off visiting Vergennes, which also lost to Fair Haven; Middlebury remained undefeated, but it wasn’t easy; and Mount Abraham dropped a close home contest.
Teams will return to action this Thursday.
OV took a 15-2 lead after one period on the way to a 51-34 victory over the visiting Commodores this past Thursday, breaking a streak of three slow starts. OV improved to 3-1.
Guard Dylan Mackie scored 12 of his game-high 19 in the opening quarter. Forward Kameron Strickland contributed 13 points, and swingman Tyler Rowe added seven for the Otters in their home opener. 
Forward Kevin Jackson scored 15 to lead VUHS. The OV crowd honored recently deceased Commodore coach Peter Quinn with a pregame standing ovation.
On Saturday visiting Fair Haven remained unbeaten at 3-0 with a 49-33 win over the Commodores. Cam Coloutti and Aubrey Ramey paced the Slaters with 11 points each.
Luke Bergmans led the 1-2 Commodores with 13 points.
On Friday host MUHS held off a late Mill River rally to win, 52-51. The Tigers, who led by 11 with 1:10 to go, missed free throws as Will Grabowski hit two three-pointers to lead the charge by the 2-1 Minutemen. Tyler Buxton hit one key late free throw, and then after grabbing an offensive board Mill River hit only one of two from the line with a chance to tie in the final second.
Parker Beatty led MUHS (3-0) with 15 points and 11 boards (his third straight double-double), Buxton finished with 13 points and 10 rebounds, Zach Dunn recorded eight points and three assists, and Gabe Dunn scored nine points, all in the fourth period.  
On Dec. 19 visiting Mill River held the Eagles to a dozen second-half points in a tight 46-39 victory they sealed with a 12-6 fourth-quarter margin. Grabowski led the Minutemen with 12 points.
Liam Kelliher led the 2-2 Eagles with 14 points, and Logan Rodriguez added 11. Both the Eagles’ losses have come to MRU.

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