Saturday January 5, 2013

WILMINGTON - The Terriers came to town and pulled out a win over the Wildcats, 53-46, in a heated varsity boys basketball contest held Friday night.

"Heart, emotion, and effort make up for so many things on the court, and my boys were all heart tonight," said Terrier coach Evan Chadwick, whose team climbed to 2-2. "I couldn’t have asked for a better effort. What can I say? I’m floored!"

Willie Moore led the Bellows Falls team with 20 points, which included his 10-point run during an electrifying fourth quarter.

Moore had seven points in the opening quarter.

Tied 28-28 at the half, Bellows Falls battled through the third period, and inched out ahead of Twin Valley in the fourth. Moore gave the Terriers the lead, 36-34, after he sank a three with the give from Connor Neathawk. Neathawk dropped in three foul shots to help maintain a slight lead.

From there, the Terriers outscored the Wildcats, 24-18, though Twin Valley fought back to come within a few points of the victors.

Bellows Falls’ Brian McAnuff had eight points, all in the second half, and senior teammate Michael Labeau managed six, mostly from the line. David Dunbar put together seven points, and forward Joe White had five points, all in the first half.

Dal Nesbitt lifted the Twin Valley team to within a couple points on a few occasions. The junior guard crushed the competition point-wise with 26 total that includedback-to-back 3-pointers from deep in the fourth that brought the team close to a rally.

He had 15 points that quarter. Colin Lozito chipped in with seven points, and Cade Nesbitt had four.

Given the crowd’s reaction, some controversial calls may have been made, and one Twin Valley player was even tossed. There was also a handful of personal and technical fouls on either side as the grueling matchup played out until its bitter end.

David Aquino can be reached at daquino@reformer.com, or by calling 802-254-2311, ext. 164.