Eagles Win Tournament Opener
Barre, Vt. — Austin Sayers had 28 points as the Mid Vermont Christian boys basketball team edged Concord 63-56 in the first day of the Websterville Tournament in Barre on Friday.
Concord led 20-19 after a fast-paced opening quarter before the Eagles clamped down and stormed to a 35-24 lead at halftime. Sophomore Thomas Weiler added 16 points for MVCS, including four 3-pointers.
“We opened it up in the second quarter after playing some weak defense in the first. We pretty much rode that lead throughout the game,” MVCS coach Brian Sayers said.
The Eagles go for tops in the tournament today at 2:30 p.m.
Sharon 59, Whitcomb 18
Sharon — The Phoenix opened their regular season in style, leaping out to a 21-5 advantage through the first quarter in beating the Hornets.
Andy Bando-Hess paced the Sharon attack with 14 points, while Jay Knoerline had 13 points. Brandon Tracy and Stephen Davis each chipped in with eight points.
“It’s a decent first outing, a step in the right direction. We played really well defensively tonight,” Sharon coach Blake Fabrikant said.
Scott Nickerson had eight points to lead Whitcomb (1-2), which plays at West Rutland on Friday.
The Phoenix next play when Rochester visits on Dec. 30.
Conant 65, Kearsarge 37
North Sutton — The Cougars (0-2) battled the defending state champion Orioles for much of the game but Conant pulled away late for the victory.
Robert O’Brien led the Orioles with 33 points, draining seven 3-pointers on the night.
Zach Mattos (14 points, seven rebounds) and James Bromwell (eight points, eight rebounds) played strong underneath for the Cougars. Carter and Trent Noordsij each added six points.
Kearsarge trailed just 19-18 midway in the second quarter before the Orioles drilled three 3-pointers in the last minute of the half to take a 33-24 lead at the break.
“We played with a lot of energy,” Cougars coach Nate Camp said. “We played as good a half as we can play against a really great team.”
Kearsarge visits Merrimack Valley on Monday.
KUA 74, Westminster 40
Windsor, Conn. — The Wildcats won their third game in as many days to take win the Bob Southall Classic.
Crew Ainge led all scorers with 20 points while Malik Abu added 18 points and 11 rebounds. Duby Maduegbunam added 12 points and nine boards.
KUA (7-1) returns to action at home on Jan. 8 against MacDuffie School.
Windsor 66, Poultney 14
Windsor — Eleven different players scored as the Jacks (2-1) led from the start.
Haley Wood led the balanced barrage with 13 points while Ashleay Wilcox and Mariah Marsh each had nine points.
Windsor hosts Thetford on Monday.
Mid Vermont Christian 44 Concord (Vt.) 31
Barre, Vt. — Eighth-grader Rachel Seale had 16 points in the second half as the Eagles pulled away from the Wildcats in the opener of the Websterville Tournament.
Rachel Seale finished with a game-high 18 points while Phoebe Seale added 16 and Anna Seale had six points.
MVCS (2-0) led by two at halftime and then used a suffocating full-court press to outscore Concord 28-17 after the break.
“It was a great effort by all,” Eagles coach Perry Seale said.
MVCS plays for the tourney title today at 1 p.m.
KUA Splits Pair
Milton, Mass. — Kimball Union played two games at Milton Academy on Friday, losing to Salisbury 4-2 in the morning game before defeating host Milton 4-1 in t he afternoon.
Against Salisbury, Tyler Bird and AJ Greer each had a goal and an assist, and JD Dudek had two assists.
Against Milton, Brendan Riley, Alex Leblanc, Jack McCarthy and Tyler Bird scored for the Wildcats.
There’s little rest for KUA, which faces Deerfield today at 3 at the Nobles and Greenough Rink.