MONTPELIER — A dominant second quarter gave the Montpelier boys basketball team crucial momentum to close out Friday’s 63-53 victory over Lyndon.
Tyler Ricker scored 15 points for the Solons, who earned their seventh victory in the past eight games. Leo Riby-Williams (14 points), Jonah Cattaneo (10 points), David Ackerson (eight points) and Isaak Donahue (eight points) gave MHS enough balance to overpower LI.
Vikings standout Dylan Young scored 16 of his 19 points in the fourth quarter. Sheldon Sanborn (16 points) and Vuk Vukicevic (13 points) also reached double-figures for Lyndon, which trailed 17-15 after one quarter. Montpelier extended its advantage to 32-21 heading into halftime and led 43-30 at the start of the fourth quarter. The Solons were playing their fourth game in eight days.
“Dylan Young didn’t play much in the third quarter because he had four fouls,” MHS coach Nick Foster said. “They were down by 13 and got it back to one with three minutes to go. Dylan was making some tough 3-pointers and we turned it over a couple times. Jonah made a really difficult layup to get the lead to three points, and Tyler made a 3-pointer just after that to get it to six.”
Montpelier (9-5) will travel to play Milton at 7 p.m. Monday.
CVU 45, Spaulding 43
HINESBURG — Bennett Cheer (15 points) and Noah Martin (11 points) fueled the Redhawks’ come-from-behind victory over the Crimson Tide on Friday.
Spaulding’s Matt Tacey scored all 13 of his points in the first half, while teammate Taylor D’Agostino recorded all 10 of his points in the second half. Alex Coyle added six points for the Tide, who led 12-8 after one quarter and 26-20 after two. CVU’s defense stepped up after the break, resulting in a 32-31 Redhawks lead entering the final quarter.
“They pressed us a little bit and we started going at a different pace,” Spaulding coach Jesse Willard said. “They put a lot more pressure on the perimeter and we had a hard time adjusting to that. But once we did adjust, we got back to good ball movement. And we had low turnover numbers for the game. The third quarter was our Achilles Heel points-wise, but held them to 12 points and we weren’t turning the ball over a whole lot. Overall we played really hard. And we played well at times with good looks, good shots and solid defense. We held a good team to 45 points, and we scored 43. We can’t look down on ourselves for that. We have to find a way to get over that hump and beat one of these teams in the Metro that we know we might see in playoff time.”
Spaulding (4-8) will travel to play Colchester at 7 p.m. Monday.
Lake Region 43, U-32 37
ORLEANS — Drew Drageset racked up 14 points and the Rangers outscored the Raiders 15-8 during the fourth period Friday.
Isaiah Braithwaite finished with nine points for Lake Region, which trailed 9-8 after one quarter. The Rangers led 23-17 at halftime before U-32 closed the gap to 29-26 at the end of the third quarter. Lake Region relied heavily on balanced scoring, thanks to the efforts of Connor Lanou (six points), Brayden Leac (five points), Parker Perron (five points) and Dylan Gagnon (four points). U-32’s top offensive contributors were Jordan Hawkins (18 points), Carter Pelzel (seven points) and Owen Kellington (five points).
DUXBURY — The Panthers pounced in Friday’s fourth quarter and turned a close contest into a double-digit victory.
“It was a competitive game most of the way,” Harwood coach Mike Woods said. “They pushed it out a little bit in the fourth quarter and we got it back down a bit. But their defense tightened up and we had a hard time executing our offense. They played straight-up man and put a lot of pressure on us.”
Thetford inched ahead 13-11 in the first quarter, led 29-24 at halftime and extended its lead to 42-35 entering the fourth quarter.
Eli Dunnet (18 points), Owen Deffner (10 points) and Jake Colby (12 points) paced the Panthers. Harwood’s top scorers were Jasper Koliba (nine points), Charlie Zschau (eight points), Will Lapointe (seven points) and Andrew Proteau (seven points). The Highlanders will host Peoples Academy at 7 p.m. Monday.
Oxbow 52, Randolph 48
RANDOLPH — Matt Emerson scored 18 points Friday and the Olympians held on at the end to snap a five-game losing skid.
Adam Maxwell and Bryce Ilsley scored 13 points apiece for Oxbow. Zach Whitmore (13 points) and Liam Connoly (12 points) paced the Galloping Ghosts. Randolph led 16-9 after the first quarter, Oxbow pulled ahead 24-22 entering halftime and the Ghosts reclaimed the lead at 33-32 heading into the fourth quarter.
“It was neck-and-neck the whole game,” Oxbow coach Steven Carson said. “We got a little lead in the fourth and spaced the court out and got some layups out of that. And then we got some free throws. This place is wild and it’s a tough place to get a W. They get a really good turnout every night.”
Oxbow (7-5) will travel to play Stowe at 7 p.m. Monday.