Easy Baskets Give Yellowjackets an Easy Win

Windsor — Bellows Falls boys basketball coach Evan Chadwick feels if his team is to become a postseason contender, it will have to play solid man-to-man defense. Windsor proved Friday night that the Terriers still have some work to do as the Yellowjackets found the passing lanes open for easy baskets and rolled to a 68-55 win.

One of the players who expected a tougher game was Windsor guard Tyson Boudro, who said he not only surprised at the easy victory, but Terriers’ hands-off approach to him in the second quarter, when he scored 16 points.

“They just stopped defending me,” he said.

Windsor, which plays five of its first six games at home, is now at 3-1.

Yellowjackets coach Harry Ladue wasn’t sure what to expect before the game.

“They went into a zone in the second half, but their man-to-man gave us some easy baskets in the first half,” Ladue said. “We were pretty good tonight.”

Boudro, who ended with 21 points, said he thought some of the changes the team made were a factor.

“We did some things differently, especially on offense, and they seemed to work tonight,” he said.

Boudro got help from Nick Kapuscinski (19 points) and Russell Simonds (13). The first name Ladue mentioned, however, was Ethan Hill despite a two-point night. “Ethan went after every loose ball and had just a nice night,” Ladue said. “Nick and Tyson played great tonight, but Ethan was also a big factor.”

While Windsor is a Vermont Division III team, Bellows Falls (1-2) plays in D-II and has already lost to D-III Green Mountain and its only win came against Division IV Black River.

“We have a lot of positives to take out of this,” said Chadwich, who has always been an optimist. “We are trying to learn to push the ball and we hung around for a while.”

The Terriers did hang around for a while. Despite giving up the easy baskets and enduring a number of traveling calls, BF trailed just 19-16 after one period and scored the first three points of the second period to make it a 19-19 game. Windsor then went on an 8-0 run and took a 38-29 lead into the break.

As the game moved through the third quarter the lead increased and Bellows Falls was never again in contention.

Kendrick Mills had 21 points for Bellows Falls and was the only Terrier in double figures.

Windsor hosts Thetford on Monday night.