Avellino, Woodstock Dump Bellows Falls
Westminster — On display last night at Bellows Falls Union High School was what the future holds for Woodstock boys basketball.
While the Wasps enjoyed a rockin’-chair 58-43 win over the Terriers, the telling statistic of the game was that 53 of those points were scored by underclassmen. And of those underclassmen, the player that got the fewest points may be the key to the future of this team.
“Doug Avellino makes us go,” said Woodstock coach Jeff Thomas of his junior point guard, who had four points. But points are not what Avellino is all about.
Avellino does more than just shoot. Last night, he had eight steals and 10 assists and was all over the place.
“I feel a lot better when he’s on the floor,” added Thomas. “I hate to take him out.”
Connor Fegard, just a sophomore, was also a key factor with his blond hair flying during a 22-point game. Junior Brad Lewis added nine points, and sophomore Brad Towsley scored his first points of the season, registering seven on the night.
The Wasps have been in a bit of funk lately, losing three of their last four and taking a 6-7 record into last night’s game. “There’s been a flu bug going though the team,” explained Thomas. “We were healthier tonight.”
It was Bellows Falls that didn’t look particularly healthy last night as it fell to 3-9. That record was reflected in a crowd that had only 38 adults in the stands and a 50-50 raffle payoff of $16.
“My kids have to realize that if you are going to compete, you have to practice,” said Bellows Falls coach Evan Chadwick. “We don’t always get a lot of kids at practice for a lot of reasons, some of which are legitimate. You can’t go up against a good team like Woodstock without the proper preparation.”
Bellows Falls made a game of it for one quarter, 9-9, but by the half the Wasps were on their way with a 31-14 lead at the break.
“We didn’t play well in the first quarter, but we were OK after that,” said Thomas.
A 14-3 surge to start the second quarter fueled the Wasps, who were having their way under both baskets as Chadwick implored his team “to box out.”
Chadwick calmed down as the game progressed, with Woodstock ahead 47-20 after three quarters.
The Terriers did have a fine shooting night from outside the arc with six 3-pointers, including four in the fourth quarter, a period in which they outscored the Wasps, 23-11.
The top Bellows Falls scorer was Dave Dunbar with eight points.
It was the second time the Wasps have beaten the Terriers, having won at Woodstock on Jan. 11, 53-40.
The Wasps are in the midst of a busy week, playing Otter Valley on Thursday and Arlington on Saturday.