BARRE — Spaulding rallied from a 14-point deficit and was one point away from tying the game before South Burlington wrapped up Friday’s 63-60 victory.
Seth Poirier hit a 3-pointer with four seconds left from near the top of the key, and Spaulding fouled the Wolves with 3.3 seconds left. Following two successful free-throw attempts, the Tide threw up a 3-pointer at the buzzer and the ball bounced off the front of the rim.
The Wolves led 18-12 after one period and held a 40-26 halftime advantage. Spaulding trailed 51-42 after three quarters before nearly pulling even. Taylor D’Agostino (17 points), Alex Coyle (14 points) and Aiden Gilwee (10 points) were the leading scorers for the Tide. Evan Parker (15 points) and Brendan Bridge (14 points) paced South Burlington (6-6).
“We’ve had a lot of games come down to the last shot, either in regulation or overtime,” Spaulding coach Jesse Willard said. “And it decides if we lose a game or win a game. That’s been the case in three of our last four games. And you could argue CVU was the same, so maybe 4 of 4. We’re where we want to be competitively. And it says a lot about our guys not giving up when we’re down by 14 against a good team. They handled it patiently. We didn’t have a big run — we dragged our way back into it. That’s an important skill to have heading into the last few weeks of the regular season.”
Spaulding (5-9) will travel to play Rice at 7 p.m. Tuesday.
U-32 81, Oxbow 31
BRADFORD — Jordan Hawkins was all over the place Friday for the Raiders — in a positive way.
The senior captain contributed 32 points, 11 rebounds, three steals and two blocks during a runaway victory. U-32 jumped ahead 24-8 after one quarter, held a 36-17 halftime advantage and turned things into a blowout with a 60-23 lead after three quarters.
“They were fast and aggressive and shooting hot,” Oxbow coach Steven Carson said. “We knew we had to get back and build a wall, and the wall was too porous. Hawkins shot 13 free throws tonight. If he didn’t make the layup, we fouled him. And a couple times both happened. He’s a special player. He’s added a lot of muscle since last year and he used it. He’s a great sport and I wish the best for him. I just wish he had not been so good tonight.”
Anthony Engelhard added 12 points, eight rebounds and four assists for the Raiders. Bryson Richards (10 points, three rebounds), Carter Pelzel (five points, nine rebounds) and Owen Kellington (seven points, nine rebounds) were also strong for U-32. Matt Emerson (13 points) and Seth Carson (eight points) paced Oxbow.
“We scored off of the tip,” U-32 coach Dan Gauthier said. “They came down and Emerson hit a corner 3-pointer to put them up 3-2. And then we went on a 17-0 run to put it to 29-3. I was so proud of how hard we played tonight, top to bottom, for 32 minutes tonight. There was no letup. Our energy and enthusiasm, especially on the defensive end, is what took control of that game so early.”
U-32 (9-5) will travel to Randolph at 7 p.m. Monday. Oxbow (8-7) will travel to play Thetford at 7 p.m. Wednesday.
Northfield 57, Richford 38
NORTHFIELD — The Marauders returned to action Friday after a 20-day break and claimed payback against the Falcons.
Caiden Crawford-Stempel (23 points) was on fire for Northfield, which pulled ahead 15-1 in the first quarter. Richford tied the game at 21 entering halftime before the Marauders established a 43-27 lead in the third quarter. Wyatt Pion (15 points) and Jesse Marble (nine points) rounded out the top scores for the Marauders. Colby Coons (12 points) and Ray Bergeron (eight points) paced Richford (3-7). Northfield (6-7) will host Danville at 7 p.m. Monday
“We hadn’t played since Jan. 19, so we were sick of being in the gym together,” Northfield coach Craig Tassie said. “I thought we played a complete game tonight, and we played together. Coons was the person we needed to stop, so we worked on doing that and we were fairly successful. The defense played well and hopefully we can continue this. It’s good to be back in the saddle, and we hadn’t played at home since Dec. 27.”
Hazen 54, Peoples 36
HARDWICK — The Wildcats outscored the Wolves 24-9 in the final quarter to avenge their only loss of the season Friday.
Hazen led 24-23 at halftime and carried a 30-27 advantage into the fourth quarter. Isaiah Baker (16 points), Elliott Kimball (14 points) and Jay Lecours (10 points) helped the Wildcats snap PA’s eight-game winning streak. Nick Holbrook dropped in 11 points for Peoples. Hazen improves to 11-1, while Peoples falls to 8-4.