Eagles, Commodores win in boys’ basketball

ADDISON COUNTY — Mount Abraham picked up a dramatic road victory to highlight recent local high school boys’ basketball play, during which Vergennes also kept up its winning ways, but Middlebury and Otter Valley found the going tough.

The Tigers also visited the Commodores this past Friday (see story on Page 1B).


The Eagles on Friday overcame a slow start and got key plays in the final minute to edge host Enosburg, 41-40. They trailed after one period, but got scoring in the second period from Chance Denecker, Daniel Rodriguez and Norman Benoit to tie the game at 20-20 at the half.

They kept momentum and led by 33-28 entering the fourth. Enosburg fought back to lead by 38-37 with less than a minute to go. But Gavin Bannister scored in the lane to put Mount Abe on top, and Henry Cogswell hit two free throws to make it 41-38, enough to survive a late Hornet hoop.

Cogswell scored 10 to lead the Eagles, followed by Bannister (eight) and Benoit (seven).

The Eagles moved to 4-4 with the win and were set to visit Missisquoi on Wednesday after the deadline for this edition.


The Commodores followed up their Friday win over the Tigers by dispatching visiting Stowe on Monday, 57-32. Tyler Bergmans (17 points, seven rebounds) and Tim Ashley (15 points, four assists and four steals) led the way as the Commodores improved to 7-1.

Stowe became the fifth team to fail to crack 40 points vs. VUHS this winter.

VUHS was set to host Enosburg on Wednesday.


On Friday, visiting Hartford pulled away in the fourth quarter to defeat the Otters, 54-45.

Brody Tyburski (17 points) and Jacob Seaver (16) led the 7-1 Hurricanes, who led 44-41 entering the fourth quarter and salted the game away from the line.

Sophomore Owen Thomas scored 12 points and hit three treys for OV, classmate Aiden Decker scored nine, and freshman Logan Letourneau added eight.

On Monday, host Fair Haven took charge with a 15-0 first-half run on the way to a 72-48 win over the Otters.

Sawyer Ramey sparked the 6-0 Slaters with 24 points, and Brandon Eastman scored 12.

Decker and Letourneau led OV (1-9) with nine apiece.


In a rescheduled game, host Spaulding coasted past MUHS, 85-55. Grady Chase led three Tide players in double figures with 20 points.

The Tigers’ Penn Riney led all scorers with 29 points, but it wasn’t enough to prevent the Tigers from slipping to 2-7.

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