Boys’ hoop teams pick up victories

ADDISON COUNTY — Amid postponements due to weather, local high school boys’ basketball teams enjoyed good weeks between Feb. 2 and 8, as Mount Abraham, Vergennes and Middlebury each won once, and Otter Valley netted one victory in three outings.

Games scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 9, including VUHS at Mount Abe, were played after the deadline for this edition.

But we did get the scores for the late games: Mount Abe defeated Vergennes, 64-57, in overtime; and Missisquoi downed MUHS, 57-50, on Wednesday, Feb. 9.


On Monday the Eagles rode a big second half past visiting Mill River, 66-42. Minuteman Ryan Smith scored 14 of his 23 points as MRU took a 25-24 halftime lead, but the Eagles came out of the locker room after the break with a 25-2 third quarter to put the game away.

Eagle Henry Cogswell scored 12 of his 28 points in that decisive quarter. Tristan Parker, Chance Denecker and Gavin Bannister added eight points apiece as Mount Abe improved to 8-4 heading into Wednesday’s showdown with VUHS.


On Saturday, the Commodores opened the game against visiting Missisquoi with a 16-2 run on the way to a wire-to-wire, 57-42 victory. Tyler Bergmans led the way with 24 points, 13 rebounds and six assists, and Oakley Francis added six points and five rebounds as VUHS improved to 9-3 heading into Wednesday.

Hayzen Luneau led MVU with 10 points.


On Saturday, the Tigers edged host Mill River, 47-46, in a back-and-forth contest. Nikolai Luksch hit a transition layup for the winning points with a second left on a Graham Matrick feed.

The Tigers trailed at halftime, but used a 17-5 third-quarter advantage to take a 38-32 lead entering the final period. But MRU’s Smith hit two free throws to give his team the lead in the late going and set the stage for Luksch’s game-winner. Smith was hot from long range and led all scorers with 24 points.

Jack Trudeau led the Tigers with 15 points, followed by Matrick (12) and Willem Berry (11). MUHS improved to 4-9.


On Feb. 2, visiting Windsor shrugged off an early 8-0 deficit to defeat the Otters, 59-45. Maison Fortin scored 25 points for Windsor, and Kaleb Swett added 18. Aiden Decker paced the Otters with 19 points, and Logan Letourneau added nine.

On Saturday, Elijah Tucker-Bryant led the Otters with 24 points as they edged visiting Proctor, 66-59. Letourneau added 12 points and Owen Thomas sank three three-pointers, two of them in the fourth quarter, and finished with nine.

Levi Petit (24 points) and Bryson Bourn (21) kept the 6-6 Phantoms in the game.

On Monday, host Hartford pulled away in the second half to defeat the Otters, 72-55. OV led at the break, but the Hurricanes took charge by outscoring OV by 20-10 in the third quarter. Brandon Potter paced the 10-2 Hurricanes with 18 points.

Tucker-Bryant (15 points), Letourneau (10) and Drew Pelkey (nine) led the Otters as they dropped to 3-12 heading into a Thursday home gave vs. Fair Haven, the top team in Division II.

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