BRATTLEBORO — Most tailors make men's and women's suits, coats and trousers, but there a couple in this area that specialize in making baskets.
Taylor Patno and Taylor King came off the bench to score 17 and 12 points respectively to lead the Brattleboro Union High School varsity boys basketball team to a convincing 77-19 victory over visiting Springfield on Tuesday evening.
King had the hot hand in the opening quarter, burying three trifectas from the left corner. The senior guard would finish the game with four treys, while teammates Tony Martinez (2), Ian Fulton-Black and Chayse Cunniff also delivered from downtown.
The Colonels opened up a 27-8 advantage over the first eight minutes. Brattleboro's dominant front line of Josh Hanson, Eli Lombardi and DIllon Green combined for a dozen of those points, with long-range makes by King and Martinez accounting for the rest.
Brattleboro only gave up three points in the second frame. Dylan DeJordy and King each had a couple of first-half steals, and Dan Jaro wowed the crowd by rejecting a shot by Springfield's Michael Messer.
Patno scored his first bucket of the game with 5:08 to go before the break, on a layup that was set up by Tanner Bell. Patno, a junior forward, was suddenly the man — after scoring four points in the second quarter, he scored five points in a row for BUHS in the third and added eight more in the fourth.
Leading 40-11, the purple and white continued to move the ball well on offense and play lockdown defense in the second half. Green overpowered center Tyler Thomas on the low block, Cunniff forced an errant shot by Alex Naccarato on a fast break, and Patno ripped down a defensive rebound and passed ahead to Santiago Contreras who found Fulton-Black for an open 3.
Brattleboro (4-3) also had a trio of offensive highlights during the third quarter. Cunniff started it by draining a money ball from the right corner, Contreras later hung in the air — looking a lot like Michael Jordan — to finish off a break with a beautiful reverse layup, and King hustled after a loose ball before feeding Patno for a bunny.
The hosts scored the first 11 points during the final stanza, including break finishes from Calvin Lafland and Bell. A basket in the paint by Hunter Grace resulted in Springfield's only fourth-quarter points.
Brattleboro box score
Taylor Patno — 17 points
Taylor King — 12 points
Josh Hanson — 8 points
Calvin Lafland — 7 points
Tony Martinez — 6 points
Dillon Green — 6 points
Ian Fulton-Black — 5 points
Chayse Cunniff — 5 points
Tanner Bell — 5 points
Santiago Contreras — 4 points
Eli Lombardi — 2 points