WESTMINSTER >> Whenever a Bellows Falls player stepped up to the free throw stripe on Monday evening, the leader of the BF student section announced "raise the guns" and everyone around him formed a pistol shape with one hand before aiming toward the ceiling.
Shane Clark was on target all night long.
The sophomore forward scored a game-high 24 points, including nine in the final quarter, to lead the Terriers to a 71-42 rout of Poultney in a varsity boys basketball game at Holland Gymnasium.
"This was the third team to play a zone against us this season. We were pretty prepared for it. Things are starting to click for us," stated Bellows Falls coach Ryan Stoodley.
The Terriers put on a clinic versus Poultney's 2-3 zone late in the second quarter. With Christian Terry at the high post and Clark running the baseline, guards Jon Skrocki, Zack Streeter and Cam Joy whipped the ball around the perimeter.
On one trip, Streeter set up at the top of key and swung the ball left to Joy, who fed Terry just inside the foul line. The senior tri-captain would then kiss one home to put Bellows Falls ahead 31-15 with two minutes left until the break.
"Raise the guns" and then "bang" were heard often after that. Terry, Streeter and Anthony Mueller all went 1-for-2 from the line and the hosts took a 34-19 lead to the intermission.
Clark was simply unstoppable over the final 16 minutes. He made two layups, a free throw and a 15-foot jumper in the third quarter, and added nine more points in the fourth.
The lone threat for the Blue Devils was Jacob Woodbury, who buried three NBA trifectas from the right wing.
"We are working on building our basketball IQ," said coach Stoodley, who probably got tired of seeing Woodbury left alone beyond the arc.
Skrocki and Clark each scored eight points in the opening quarter, helping the hosts to a 17-7 advantage. Skrocki gave Bellows Falls a 6-0 lead all by himself — splashing a trey from the top and later completing a three-point play.
Clark, Joy, Skrocki and Mueller all had a first-quarter steal for the purple and white. In the second quarter, Skrocki wowed the crowd with a rejection and Terry took a charge against Poultney's Robbie Brill.
Facing Poultney's big back line of Jackson Wagner, Jon Baker and Ben Seamans, the Terriers moved the ball very well and were able to get bunnies from Joy, Clark and Mueller before the break. Joy also drilled a 3 from up top.
The visitors couldn't get closer than 12 points in the second half. Trailing 40-28, they gave up chip shots to Joy and Mueller and then Skrocki went 1-for-2 at the charity stripe.
Clark (24 points), Joy (15) and Mueller (12) were the leading scorers for the winners. Woodbury netted nine to pace Poultney.
The 5-4 Terriers will face Windsor on Friday.