BRATTLEBORO -- It’s been a pretty good week for those with the surname of Rivers.

Doc’s Clippers went 2-1 in the NBA, including victories over the Celtics and 76ers. Phillip fired a pair of touchdown passes in San Diego’s 27-20 upset of the Broncos on Thursday.

And coach Joe Rivers will try and follow suit when his Brattleboro boys basketball team opens up today at Mount Mansfield at 2:30 p.m.

"We have a good number of returning players who understand the value of being part of a team. They look out for one another and are very supportive of our team goals," said Rivers. "We’ve known each other for a while and we recognize that while none of us is perfect, together we can make each of us better and represent our school with character."

The Colonels, who went 6-14 last season, have had a couple of scrimmages to get ready for the Cougars. Rivers said he isn’t sure what his starting lineup will be, but noted that he plans on playing nine or 10 players in each contest.

"Chris McAuliffe and Isaac Roach return with the most varsity experience from last year. Sam Siegel, Connor Elliot-Knaggs, Kyle Patno, Bobby Righi and Kevin Tao also contributed last year and we hope to see them develop into a solid core of seniors who lead the Colonels this season," stated the BUHS coach.

The home opener for the Colonels is scheduled for Friday, Dec. 27, versus Mill River, at 7 p.m.

"We have a strong group of juniors who are pushing the seniors in practice and making our day-to-day workouts pretty competitive. That is very important for our program as we practice way more than we play in games," added Rivers. "Juniors Lynden Bunker, Tanner Freeman, Kassidi Ramirez and Ryan Gilligan have shown promise in the early going."

Brattleboro varsity boys basketball roster: Head Coach -- Joe Rivers. Assistant coaches -- Jason Coplan, Nick Rose. Players -- Cheickna Doucoure, Liam Perra, Ryan Gilligan, Kassidi Ramirez, Tanner Freeman, Lynden Bunker, Vijay Woodworth, Kevin Tao, Connor Elliot-Knaggs, Bobby Righi, Ryan McAuliffe, Chris McAuliffe, Kyle Patno, Sam Siegel, Isaac Roach.

Bowling

BRATTLEBORO -- The Brattleboro Union High School coed, after-school bowling team will compete in the Kick-off Match today in Barre at 1 p.m. Ten other schools will compete in the event.

The Colonels, who are coached by Laurie Greenwood, practice at the Brattleboro Bowl from 3:45-5:30 p.m. each Wednesday.

Brattleboro’s match schedule looks like this: Dec. 21 at Springfield Bowl at 1 p.m., Jan. 4 at Springfield Bowl at 1 p.m., Jan. 11 at Springfield Bowl at 1 p.m., Jan. 18 at Brattleboro Bowl at 1 p.m., Jan. 25 at Randolph Bowl at 1 p.m., Feb. 1 at Brattleboro Bowl at 1 p.m., Feb. 8 at Randolph Bowl at 1 p.m., Feb. 15 at Twin City Lanes at 1 p.m., Feb. 22 make-up matches at 1 p.m., March 1 State Championship at 1 p.m., March 8 Individual State Tournament at 1 p.m., and March 15 Vermont/New Hampshire Twin State Classic at 1 p.m.