Boys’ basketball: Tigers, Mt. Abe players prevail

ADDISON COUNTY — As the local high school boys’ basketball season opened, Middlebury and Mount Abraham each split a pair of games, while Vergennes and Otter Valley came up short.
Vermont high school sports competitions at indoor venues have been on hold because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Gov. Scott lifted the ban on all but wrestling as of Friday, Feb. 12.

On Saturday the Tigers got a big game from sophomore Max Alberts in outlasting visiting Missisquoi, 67-63. Alberts scored 27 points and grabbed 10 boards. Senior Karic Riche contributed 13 points and five steals. Patrick Walker scored 25 to pace the T-Birds.
On Tuesday the Tigers gave visiting Division I Essex a battle before falling short, 59-53. The Hornets took a 22-11 lead after one period, and MUHS chipped away. But MUHS Coach John Howe said the Tigers could not overcome the Hornets’ size and edge on the boards.
Alberts scored 20; Riche contributed 11 points, five assists and two steals; and Gabe Dunn chipped in 10 points. Aiden Paquette scored 23 for Essex.

On Saturday Mount Abe finished strong in a game of runs to get past visiting Enosburg, 50-43. The Hornets went on a 22-11 surge to take a 43-40 fourth-quarter lead, but the Eagles put the clamps on them and countered with the game’s final 10 points to prevail.
Balanced scoring helped Mount Abe: Grayson Lyons (13 points) and Koby LaRose (seven) led the way.
On Tuesday visiting D-I BFA St. Albans played strong man defense to limit the Eagles in the Bobwhites’ 49-40 victory. Charlie Yates scored 12 to lead BFA.
Liam Oxford led the Eagles with a game-high 16 points, including five three-pointers, and Griffin Paradee added eight.

Visiting North Country overwhelmed the Commodore boys on Saturday, 53-25. The Falcons bolted to a 10-0 lead and never looked back behind a balanced attack. Tyler Bergmans scored 10 of the VUHS points.
The Commodores’ Tuesday game at Missisquoi was called off.

On Monday visiting Fair Haven coasted past OV, 67-37. Kohlby Murray and Sawyer Ramey led the Slaters with 20 points and 18 points, respectively, while Alex Philo tossed in 17 for the Otters.

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