BENNINGTON -- The Brattleboro boys basketball team went 15-for-18 from the charity stripe in the fourth quarter and outscored rival Mount Anthony Union 51-46 on Tuesday evening.
"We hit our free throws under pressure," said Colonels coach Joe Rivers. "It took both teams a while to get their feet under them. We continued to play better as the game progressed."
Starting for the injured Jackson Batchelder, Connor Elliott-Knaggs scored a team-high 18 points for the winners. Isaac Roach netted nine points and Chris McAuliffe followed with eight of his own.
Over the last eight minutes, Elliott-Knaggs made all four of his free throws and Roach went 6-for-8 from the stripe.
Rivers noted that senior forward Tyler Higley played very well at the defensive end.
Aary Bibens paced the 0-8 Patriots with 26 points.
The 3-5 Colonels will play at St. Johnsbury on Friday night.
Poultney 66, Twin Valley 53
POULTNEY -- The Blue Devils opened up an 11-2 lead early on and took a 37-23 advantage to the break.
"They came out on fire," stated Wildcats coach Chris Brown. "We never mounted a serious comeback in the second half."
Sam White paced the hosts with 19 points. Dal Nesbitt had a team-high 23 points for Twin Valley, while Colin Lozito finished with a double-double (11 points, 10 assists).
The 2-5 Wildcats will host Woodstock on Friday.
Former Twin Valley student Candon Rusin was held to two points as his UVM men’s basketball team fell to Boston University 63-53 on Tuesday night.
Whitingham’s Tarryn Bolognani racked up 11 points, four rebounds and two dimes to help the Castleton State College women’s basketball team to an 89-32 rout of Lyndon State College on Tuesday. And Dammy Mustapha of Bellows Falls grabbed seven boards as the CSC men denied Lyndon State 78-61.
Freshman Mary Richardson of Vernon is averaging 15.5 points per game for Johnson State College, which lost to Green Mountain 66-55 last night. And Wilmington’s Devon Spirka is averaging 10 points, five rebounds and four dimes per game for Nichols College, which fell to Endicott 63-41 on Tuesday.
Women’s Rec Hoops
BRATTLEBORO -- With undefeated Houghton on a bye week, Chroma took care of Twilight 52-41 and JA Jubb downed Clews Building & Renovation 48-43 in a pair of women’s basketball games at the Gibson-Aiken Center on Monday.
Jen Chick and Paige Martin paced Chroma with 18 and 12 points respectively. Laura Wilsie (15 points), Heidi Bohn (13) and Denise Shanti (11) were all in a zone for Twilight.
Shelby Wheelock powered JA Jubb with 16 points, including four trifectas, while Kirsten Kinsmith followed with a dozen points and Ashley Gomarlo chipped in with a dime’s worth. Bri Moore scored 14 points and Timberly Hund finished with 12 to lead Clews Building & Renovation.