RUTLAND - The Mount Saint Joseph Mounties boys varsity basketball team opened their season with a win in their own annual Tip-Off Classic. The Mounties took advantage of a nervous Otter Valley squad, and jumped out to a 14-1 lead in the first quarter, and extended it to 26-8 by halftime.
The Otters settled down in the second half and came storming back, but fell short, losing in the end 49-43. Matt Doaner led the victorious Mounties with 15 points, and Ben Bendedict contributed nine more to the win. Junior Otter Valley forward Joey Massores led all scorers with 19 points, while sophomore point guard Ricky Naylor scored seven in his varsity debut.
In the other semifinal game of the Tip-Off Classic, the Montpelier Salons employed a swarming full court defense and effective fast break to blow out the Fair Haven Slaters 71-46. Their pressure defense forced 32 Slater turnovers, and allowed them to spread the ball around in their fast break that produced four players to reach double digit scoring.
Chris Gaboriault led the way with 19 points, followed closely by senior guard Evan Parker who pumped in fifteen. Sean Dowling had 12 and Corey Michaud 11 more for the impressive Salons. Mack Stannard paced the Slaters with 11 points.
The tournament concluded this past Monday (after our deadline) with the Otter Valley Otters and Fair Haven Slaters playing in the 6 p.m. consolation game, followed by the Montpelier Salons taking on the Mount Saint Joseph Mounties in the Tournament Championship game.
The Proctor Phantoms opened their season last Friday evening too, and like the Montpelier Salons, they produced four double digit scorers on their way to an 88-49 home blowout over the Blue Mountain Bucks. The game was over right after it began. After the first eight minutes Proctor held an insurmountable 29-2 lead, and the Phantoms cruised from their. Ryan Carter (22 points) and Curtis Robinson (18 points) combined to score 40 points for the victorious Phantoms.
Chad Thornton contributed 13 and Calvin Knowles added another 10 to the lopsided win. Joe Desroches led the Bucks with nine points. The win was an opening round victory in the Bob Abrahamson Tournament.
The Phantoms then squarred off against the Black River Presidents on Saturday in the championship game, and they picked up right where they left off on Friday. The Phantoms jumped out to a 20-3 lead in the first eight minutes and cruised from there to an easy 67-25 win. Robinson and Carter once again led the Phantoms attack. Robinson scored 23 points and hauled down 12 rebounds, while Robinson pumped in 15 for the victors. No Black River player scored more than six points.
In other boys opening night aaction last Friday in West Rutland Matt Belnap hit a 3-pointer from the top of the key with two seconds left to propel the Arlington Eagles past the Golden Horde 56-53. It was a disappointing loss for West Rutland who led by ten points at the half, only to see that lead vanish in the second half.
Joey Thorton led Westside with 18 points and Tyler Harte added 15 more.Belnap led the Eagles with 16 points, while Mick Sheldon added 15 and Logan Foster contributed 14 more to the opening night win.
Opening night was even worse for the Poultney Blue Devils who were blown out at home by the Green Mountain Chieftans 54-30. Ian Furer scored 15 points and Ian Carrie added 11 to lead the 1-0 Chieftains, while Derik Kerber paced the 0-1 Blue Devils with nine points.
Yellow Jackets sting Mounties in opener
Opening night didn't go as well for the Mount Saint Joseph Mounties girls basketball team, as they were soundly defeated in their season opener 72-18 last Saturday in Windsor by the hometown Yellow Jackets. Windsor turned their full court press on high and led 29-0 after the opening period. Morghan Farnsworth led Windsor with 16 points, while her teammate Hannah Wierzbicki contributed another11 and Stephanie Dumas added 10 more. Dominque Mercier (nine points) and Ali Shappy (six points) combined to score 15 of MSJ's 18 points.
Things went better in Brandon on Friday night for the Otter Valley Otters who opened their season with a 35-28 win over the Springfield Cosmos. Julie Ketcham, Emily Waldrip and Michelle Lefebvre paced a well balanced Otter scoring attack with 8 points each, while Kayla Perham and Desmond Dana had seven apiece for the Cosmos, who fell to 0-2 with the loss.
Katie Lincoln (17 points) and Brooke Griswold (16 points) combined to score 33 points and lead their West Rutland Golden Horde squad to a 61-49 win over the Cabot Huskies last Friday night on the road. Sadie Marcotte led the Huskies with 11 points.
The Fair Haven Slaters enjoyed an opening night win last Friday too. Devyn Reed scored 21 points, including three treys, to lead the Slaters to a 59-43 win over the Woodstock Wasps in Fair Haven. Van Sawin added 14 points and Amanda Hawkins contributed another 10 to the opening night win. Jerrica Breault paced the 0-1 Wasps with 17 points.
The Proctor Phantom girls squad weren't so fortunate in their season opener last Friday when they were soundly defeated by the Green Mountain Chieftans 55-18 in the opening round of the Black River tournament. Emma Lisle almost defeated the Phantoms by herself, scoring 24 points, hauling in 23 rebounds and providing six assists for good measure. Morgan Solomon contributed 8 more points and hauled down a dozen rebounds for the 1-0 Chieftans.