Eagle boys’ basketball season ends strong

MONTPELIER — Host No. 2 Montpelier ended the No. 7 Mount Abraham boys’ basketball team’s strong season in a Friday Division II quarterfinal, 64-35.

The 21-1 Solons are the two-time defending D-II champions and have lost only to D-I finalist Rice this season in an early game.

The Eagles concluded their first winning season since 2008 at 16-6. Their efforts included a 12-game winning streak, claiming their first playoff win since 2009, and hosting the program’s first postseason game since 2008.

On Friday seven Solons scored, led by Rashid Nikiema (20 points, 12 rebounds) and Jonah Cattaneo (19 points, four steals).

The Eagles were hampered by first-half foul trouble as they fell behind, 27-16, at the intermission after hanging with the Solons in a 12-8 first quarter. Seniors Henry Cogswell and Daniel Rodriguez were both whistled for three fouls before the break.

Juniors Gavin Bannister (12 points) and Chance Denecker (eight) led the Eagles in scoring, and Cogswell chipped in five points.

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