Cosmos Edge Windsor Boys
Springfield, Vt. — Chris Ficklin, who vomited three times during the second half, threw up the biggest shot of the night when his 3-pointer from the corner with 15 seconds left was the difference in a 39-37 Springfield win over Windsor in a Marble Valley League boys basketball game Tuesday night at Dressel Gym.
“Three times we had to take him out of the game in the second half so he could throw up,” said his coach, Pete Peck. “He’s been sick all day.”
Springfield struggled all night with traveling and shooting woes, but all that was forgotten when the junior southpaw made the shot from the corner.
“It looked good all the way,” Peck said. “I told official Matt Garland that ball is going in.”
And in it went to put the Cosmos up 38-37. But the game was not quite over as Windsor still had a possession to retake the lead. But Tyson Boudro’s shot was off the mark and Springfield’s Josh Rivers rebounded, was fouled and made one free throw to account for the final score.
It was a tough shooting night for both teams, as they combined for just 32 field goals.
“Our shooting was awful,” said Windsor coach Harry Ladue, who cited one instance late in fourth quarter when his Yellowjackets (3-3) had four consecutive shots from close range and never scored.
“We didn’t put the ball in the basket and we didn’t attack the boards,” said Ladue.
It was the type of game that Springfield prefers to play as the Cosmos were deliberate even though they turned the ball over a lot.
“We have to control the tempo,” Peck said. “We can’t get into a running game with them.”
It’s been a funny season for the Cosmos (3-4), who looked dreadful in a season-opening loss to Oxbow, but got on the bus a few days later and beat the Olympians on their home floor.
The fourth quarter started with Windsor moving to a 34-31 lead. Then Springfield took the lead for the first time since early in the first quarter when Tanner Aberle hit a one-hander and added two free throws for a 35-34 Springfield lead. Windsor moved back on top when Tyson Boudro hit a jumper and Russell Simonds dropped in a free throw, but it was just the window dressing for Ficklin’s game-winner.
At one point in the third quarter Windsor had 27-18 lead with just 3:58 to play when Springfield went on a 9-0 run to tie the game at 27.
Boudro was the only Yellowjacket in double figures with 16 points.
Windsor is at Leland and Gray on Thursday.