Commodore, Tiger, Otter boys’ basketball teams prevail

ADDISON COUNTY — In local high school boys’ basketball games last week Vergennes snapped a two-game skid, Middlebury and Otter Valley each split two games, and Mount Abraham dropped a road contest.
OV was also set to visit Mount Abe on Wednesday after the deadline for this issue.
On Dec. 27 the Commodores evened their record at 2-2 by holding off visiting Harwood, 54-49. Kevin Jackson sparked VUHS with 16 points and 10 rebounds, and Luke Bergmans tied for game honors with 17 points. Will LaPointe led the Highlanders with 17 points.
The Commodores visit Fairfax on Friday. 
On Dec. 27 host Randolph rallied for a 63-51 victory over the Eagles. Mount Abe led by a point entering the fourth quarter, but the Ghosts surged to a 21-8 advantage in the final eight minutes. Liam Kelliher scored a game-high 22 points for Mount Abe, and Shain Sargent netted 16. Logan Wright tossed in 19 points to lead the Ghosts.
The Eagles host Winooski on Monday at 7 p.m.
On Dec. 27 the Tigers earned a dramatic 62-57 overtime victory at Colchester. The Tigers trailed by nine in the second half, but a late Spencer Cadoret three-pointer sent the contest to overtime, where MUHS earned its fourth straight victory to open the season. Parker Beatty (21 points, 14 rebounds), Tyler Buxton (15 points, nine rebounds), Cadoret (12 points) and Zach Dunn (six assists) led the Tiger offense.
On Saturday host South Burlington dealt the 4-1 Tigers their first setback, 72-61. Buxton led MUHS with 21 points and five steals. Cadoret contributed 13 points and five rebounds; Zach Dunn, nine points; Beatty, six points and seven rebounds; and Gabe Dunn, five points and five assists.
The Tigers host Colchester at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday.
On Dec. 27 visiting Mill River outlasted the Otters, 54-48. OV got off to a 13-2 lead after one period, but Mill River pulled to within 18-14 at the break and the game was nip-and-tuck the rest of the way. A Will Grabowsky hoop broke a 46-46 tie in the final minute, and four Aidan Botti free throws sealed the win for Mill River. Grabowski (14 points) and Botti (13) led the 3-1 Minutemen in scoring. Dylan Mackie (19) and Tyler Rowe (12) paced the Otters.
On Saturday the Otters got past winless host Hartford, 38-28, in a defensive struggle. Mackie tossed in 18 to pace OV, and Delshon Norwood’s defense on Hartford’s ballhandlers was pivotal as the Otters improved to 4-2. Shea Bean scored 20 for Hartford.
The Otters will visit Brattleboro on Saturday.

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