Friday January 25, 2013

BRATTLEBORO -- The Colonels went on a 37-19 second-half scoring spree with a 10-point lead at the break to crush Windsor, 62-35, during a varsity boys basketball game held Thursday evening.

Conner Elliott-Knaggs paced the purple and white with 14 points, starting the first quarter off with a deuce just inside the arc, and later a finger roll, to put the team up 11-8. Elliott-Knaggs fed the Colonel offense the ball on a handful of successful drives, while putting up shots himself after some convincing pump fakes.

Brattleboro put on a show in the third quarter by spreading the shooting and applying pressure to the Yellowjacket forwards, forcing them to pass outside. This enabled them to outscore the visitors, 22-9, with Isaac Roach pacing the hosts with six points, which included his first 3-point make after floor general Jackson Batchelder kicked it out to him.

Roach handled another board in the third, then a hoop and harm. His foul shot gave the Colonels a 20-point lead. Roach’s next trifecta was buried in the fourth quarter, giving him 11 points on the evening, all scored in the second half.

"There were some things we needed to work on, and we got after it," said BUHS coach Joe Rivers. "I feel the guys did a pretty good job."

Batchelder set up effective plays in the first half, made clean passes underneath throughout, and finished with five points, while splitting 16 rebounds with senior teammate Tyler Higley.


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Higley was 5-for-8 from the field, carrying the Colonels particularly well during Windsor’s third quarter scoring drought. He had 10 points.

"We challenged our seniors tonight to take some leadership, and a lot of things went well," said Rivers.

In typical form, Chris McAuliffe got Brattleboro ahead early, scoring five in the first quarter. He came up with a dropped ball and bounced it off the backboard in the third quarter to round out his performance with seven points.

Kyle Patno handled the ball with careful accuracy during Brattleboro’s 14-7 second quarter run, bounce passing through the middle, to eager hands underneath. He and Bob Righi were a deadly duo, as Patno’s feeds helped give Righi six points that same quarter. Righi had eight points. Kevin Toa also chipped in during that crucial quarter that gave the Colonels a 25-15 lead.

Windsor seniors Tanner Tibbits and Shawn Pinsonault led their team with 10 points apiece. The 6-4 Tibbits battled against Brattleboro’s third quarter onslaught with five points, while Pinsonault added four.

Pinsonault was the Yellowjackets best hope in the fourth, often going around the herd to put in a layup. Teammates Mike Bradley and Ethan Hill each added four points to their team’s total.

The Colonels shot an impressive 45 percent from the floor and were 10-for-11 from the foul line. Windsor’s foul shooting wasn’t too shabby, either, as they hit 11 of 13.

The 5-7 Colonels will host Monument Mountain on Saturday at 2 p.m.

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