Otter Valley the only local winner in boys hoop

ADDISON COUNTY — Only the Otter Valley boys prevailed in high school basketball play late last week, as the Middlebury, Mount Abraham and Vergennes boys all dropped road games.
Mid-week storms wiped out many games, and several Thursday girls’ contests were rescheduled for this Monday, Jan. 28: MUHS at Colchester, Winooski at VUHS, and North Country at Mount Abe.
Two Wednesday boys’ games were moved to Feb. 4: MUHS at Mount Abe, and Missisquoi at VUHS. Game times for all the postponed events will remain at 7 p.m.
On this past Thursday the Otters won at Mount Anthony, 53-45. Guard Dylan Mackie led OV with 18 points, and the Otters, who had struggled from the free-throw line in some recent games, sank 15 free throws in the fourth quarter to help close out the win. The Division I Patriots dropped to 1-9.
The Otters improved to 7-5, good for eighth place in D-II, and will visit Proctor on Wednesday.
The Eagles took a disappointing loss at Enosburg, 46-42, on Friday. They dropped below .500 at 5-6 despite 22 points from Liam Kelliher. Gavin Johnson scored 18 points for the 4-7 Hornets.
The Eagles will visit Milton on Wednesday.
Two-time defending D-I champion Rutland put the defensive clamps on the Tigers on Friday to prevail, 56-44. MUHS took an early 12-8 lead, but the 9-3 Raiders used a pair of 12-0 first-half runs to take charge. Jacob Lorman led the Raiders with 24 points.
Tyler Buxton (13 points), Spencer Cadoret (12) and Zachary Dunn (11) led the Tigers, who dropped to 8-2, a record still good enough for fourth place in D-I heading into a Tuesday game at VUHS.
Host D-I St. Albans (3-7 against a tough schedule) also used strong defense to hold off the Commodores on Friday by 56-44. VUHS (2-8) managed only 15 first-half points against the Bobwhites, who pulled away in the third quarter as Logan Tobin scored 11 of his 17 points. Kevin Jackson hit four three-pointers as the Commodores tried to rally in the fourth quarter.

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