Boys’ hoop: Otters win, VUHS falls short

ADDISON COUNTY — In local high school boys’ basketball play last week, Otter Valley won a pair of games to stretch a winning streak, while Vergennes lost away from home.
Mount Abraham was idle. The 5-7 Eagles will host Middlebury on Monday at 7 p.m. The Tigers entertained Milton on Friday; see story.
The Otters won twice to push their winning streak to five and their record to 9-5. Unofficially they are in sixth place in Division II.
On Wednesday the Otters took an early lead at D-IV Proctor (8-4) on the way to a 49-40 win. Tyler Rowe and Kameron Strickland led OV with 16 points each, and Dylan Mackie added 14.
On Friday the Otters topped visiting Fair Haven, 62-59 in double overtime. Fair Haven fell to 8-4, with all the losses coming since senior Cam Coloutti left the team mid-game vs. MUHS on Jan. 10 and was not allowed to return.
OV trailed at the half, 21-8, and after three periods, 35-24, but forced overtime on a Kollin Bissette putback at the regulation buzzer.
Fair Haven’s Kolhby Murray tossed in a halfcourt buzzer-beater to send the game into a second overtime.
Mackie hit a three-pointer to erase a 59-57 Slater lead in the second OT, and then hit two clinching free throws as time wound down.
Rowe (19 points) Mackie (17) and Delshon Norwood (16) led OV. Parker Morse (12) and Aubrey Ramey and Joey Gannon (10 each) paced the Slaters.
On Friday, host Enosburg took charge early in a 59-54 victory over the Commodores. Owen McKinstry scored 15 points to lead the 6-7 Hornets.
Nate Bourgeois (12 points) and Kevin Jackson (10) led the Commodores, who fell to 2-10 headed into a Wednesday game at Mount Abe.

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