Eat, Pray, Hoop: Woodstock Pulls Away for Rare Sunday Win
Windsor's Ethan Hill charges through the defense of Woodstock's Nehemiah Wood, right, Bradley Lewis (21) and Doug Avellino (5) during the visiting Wasps' boys basketball win on Sunday. (Valley News - James M. Patterson) Purchase photo reprints »
Dylan McDonough of Woodstock, left, knocks the ball away from Tyson Boudro of Windsor, middle, as Hunter McDonough of Woodstock, right, tracks down the court during their game in Windsor, Vt. Sunday, February 9, 2014. Woodstock won. (Valley News - James M. Patterson) Purchase photo reprints »
Windsor — The Windsor-Woodstock high school boys basketball rivalry continues to generate some friction, even on the Sabbath.
Playing their first-ever home game on a Sunday, the host Yellowjackets found out three things:
∎ They must keep track of Doug Avellino.
∎ Connor Fegard is beginning to be a force.
∎ Things are not the same when 6-foot-3 Mike Bradley is not on the floor.
In a game that at times looked like a rugby scrum — when all the bodies were upright — the visiting Wasps outlasted Windsor for a 67-59 victory at Windsor High School.
It was not only the first Sunday game but the first time in four years Woodstock has beaten Windsor. The decision leaves both teams at 10-6, and they will scramble again Friday in Woodstock.
Fegard may be coming into his own as the season heads toward the playoffs. Coming off a 30-point night against Leland and Gray on Friday, Fegard added 15 points more against the Jacks on Sunday. And the junior even impressed his coach, Jeff Thomas.
“He’s been stepping up, and his experience shows,” said Thomas. “He continues to get better.”
Avellino, who on some nights can shoot the lights out, had a quiet eight-point first half, and a mess of his 3-point shots were off the mark. However, when the Wasps needed him most, Avellino came through — in a big way.
With Windsor trying desperately to cut into a steady Woodstock lead, Avellino hit a trifecta to close out the third quarter and bring the Wasps’ advantage to 49-38. The game was a long way from the win column, but when Avellino hit a trio of shorts from beyond the arc in the first three minutes of the fourth quarter, the Wasps’ lead swelled to 59-45. Avellino finished with seven 3-pointers and a game-high 27 points.
Windsor hung around and made a mid-quarter surge to cut the gap to 60-53, but the Wasps took a timeout, went into the delay game and scored its final seven points of the night from the foul line to hang on.
What might have been an early turning point of the game came when Bradley, Windsor’s force on the boards, picked up his second foul with 3:37 to go in the first quarter, a period that saw the Wasps holding just a 16-15 lead.
Windsor coach Harry Ladue sat Bradley through the second period as the Jacks fell behind by eight, 33-25, at the half.
“We don’t have a lot of depth, and we certainly do not have any size on the bench,” said Ladue.
Ethan Hill, a 6-footer, moved into Bradley’s spot and kept Fegard scoreless in the second quarter, but the lane opened up for three Woodstock lay-up baskets, Avellino found the range from deep and Chris Townley had a putback hoop. Once locked in a 20-20 tie, the burst gave Woodstock its eight-point cushion at the break.
“We fell behind by eight, and we seemed to be behind by eight all night,” Ladue said. “We just couldn’t put a long run together.”
Woodstock’s Dylan McDonough, a sophomore guard. had 11 points and was instrumental in dealing with the Windsor pressure.
Bradley and Nick Kapuscinski, the two Windsor sophomores, each had 15 points. Senior Tyson Boudro added 13 with three long balls, while junior Russell Simonds also had a 13-point game.
Before the two teams meet again on Friday, Woodstock will first host Bellows Falls on Monday while Windsor goes to Stevens on Tuesday.