WILMINGTON -- The West Rutland boys basketball team stretched out a five-point lead in the last five minutes of Thursday’s contest, eventually defeating Twin Valley 67-54.
The Wildcats, who trailed by 19 points early in the second half, rallied back to within 53-48 at the five-minute mark. Point guard Colin Lozito had a couple of beautiful assists during the surge, while Dal Nesbitt contributed with 15 second-half points.
West Rutland’s 1-3-1 zone was effective against Lozito, who managed just six points to go with his 11 dimes. Dal Nesbitt finished with a double-double (23 points, 14 rebounds) and Cade Nesbitt chipped in with five steals.
Jordan Pease paced the Golden Horde with 21 points. Joey Callahan buried five trifectas for a total of 15 points.
West Rutland improved to 12-4 with the victory. The 5-10 Wildcats will play at Black River on Monday.
Leland & Gray 49, Proctor 32
TOWNSHEND -- Drew Barnum did a fine job defending Proctor star Ryan Petrini, and the Rebels outscored their foes 17-4 in the fourth quarter to pull away.
"That was our best fourth quarter of the season," said first-year Leland & Gray coach Andrew Nystrom. "We managed the game, worked the clock and executed. Our turnovers were way down. It was a team effort."
Michael Bergeron scored 16 points to pace the winners. Billy Nupp had a dozen, while Jake Sherman and Riley Kenney each finished with seven.
Petrini, who had went off for 35 points in a recent game, was held to 15.
The 11-3 Rebels will face Bellows Falls on Monday night at 7.
Women’s Rec Hoops
BRATTLEBORO -- JA Jubb crushed Chroma 61-28 and Houghton topped Twilight 42-31 in Monday’s games at the Gibson-Aiken Center.
Ashley Gomarlo poured in 25 points for JA Jubb, which is still atop the league standings with a 6-1 mark. Kirsten Kinsmeth followed with a sweet 16 and Brianna Fisher added a dozen.
Houghton (6-2) is just a half-game behind JA Jubb in the standings. Aleigh Parker and Annie Holiday scored 19 and 17 points repectively in Monday’s victory.
Rounding out the five-team league are: Clews Building & Renovation (3-4), Chroma (2-5) and Twilight (1-6). Jaime Dawson paced Chroma with a dozen points versus JA Jubb, while Denise Shanti and Laura Wilsie each scored 10 points to lead Twilight against Houghton.