Tuesday February 26, 2013

BRATTLEBORO -- The Vermont State varsity boys basketball playdowns begin today.

The No. 13 Bellows Falls (7-13) boys basketball team will travel to Montpelier to take on No. 4 U-32 (14-6) in a Division 2 playdown, tonight at 6 p.m.

The Terriers will look to seniors Mike LaBeau and Trevor Wilson, and juniors Willie Moore and Brian MacAnuff to lead Team Purple into battle. Bellows Falls got most of their wins late in the season, including nail-biters against Fall Mtn. and Proctor. Moore goes big from the outside, but is also versatile underneath, and Wilson and LaBeau are clutch players who do well under pressure.

Bellows Falls will have to contend with U-32’s Ryan Booth, Kyle Weaver, Adam Gowens, and Charlie Carrier, who help their team average over 42% of their shots from the field. Booth averages over 18 points a game, and Weaver is the team’s outside shooter. Chris Collins is the Raiders’ man working the boards.

The No. 3 Leland & Gray (15-5) team begin their Division 3 playoff run as they host No. 14 Peoples Academy, in Townshend on Wednesday at 7 p.m.

The Rebels move into the first round coming off a huge win, after they defeated Springfield last week in their last regular game of the season. Drew Barnum, Mike Bergeron, Riley Kenney and Billy Nupp will likely be key to the team’s shooting drives, while teammate Adam Brown is back to provide "some much needed energy to the team," according to L&G coach Andrew Nystrom.

The Division 1, No. 14 Brattleboro (6-14) Colonels will travel north to meet hosts No. 2 Rice Memorial (16-4) when they face off in South Burlington on Wednesday at 7 p.m.

The BUHS team goes into the round against the Green Knights with a little boost, after they took a win over MAU on Friday in the last contest of the regular season. Jackson Batchelder, Tyler Higley, Isaac Roach, and Chris McAuliffe often lead the Colonels onto the court, and Conner Elliot-Knaggs and Roach
provide explosive offense when the team needs it.

The team’s Kyle Patno offers early support on both ends of the court, while McAuliffe, Higley, and Batchelder often dominate defensively on the glass.

The No. 13 Twin Valley (8-12) Wildcats will hit the road to take on No. 4 Danville (12-8) on Wednesday in Danville at 7 p.m. for a Division 4 playdown.

Colin Lozito, "The Sniper" Dal Nesbitt, Hunter Therrien, Jason Moore, Eli Park, and Sam Molner make up some of the team’s core shooters. The Wildcats took a win over Green Mtn. in their last regular season decision, and plan on carrying that momentum into their first playdown.