Basketball: Tiger, OV boys come up short
ADDISON COUNTY — A rash of COVID-related postponements struck the local boys’ basketball schedule between Jan. 5 and 11, with only two area teams seeing action: both Middlebury and Otter Valley lost to Division I opponents.
Mount Abraham was set to visit OV on Jan. 7, but that game was postponed. The 2-2 Eagles were scheduled to host North Country on Wednesday after this paper’s deadline, and then visit Vergennes at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday.
VUHS (3-1) was set to visit Missisquoi on Wednesday, with the Commodores’ next game vs. the Eagles on Saturday. Their Jan. 7 home game vs. Stowe was postponed to Jan. 24.
On Monday visiting Rutland pulled away in the second half to defeat the Tigers, 67-43. The Ravens led by just six at the break, but the Tigers couldn’t find the range in a third period in which they scored just six points. Penn Riney led the 2-3 Tigers with 19 points.
Four of the 5-1 Ravens struck for double figures, led by Eli Pockette and Slade Postemski with 13 points apiece.
The Tigers’ Friday game at Fair Haven was postponed. They are scheduled to host Missisquoi on Saturday at 12:30 p.m.
On Tuesday an 18-point halftime deficit at Mount Anthony proved to be too much for the OV boys to overcome in a 59-48 setback.
The Otters scored 22 points in the third quarter to cut the Patriots’ lead to 10 with a period left, but came no closer. Braeden Billert scored 19 points for MAU.
Owen Thomas led OV with 18 points, and Hayden Bernhardt added 16.
The Otters dropped to 1-6 heading into a scheduled Friday home game vs. Mount St. Joseph.
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