BRATTLEBORO — The 2015-16 Panthers and Broncos are both gunning for a Lombardi. Fortunately, the Brattleboro Union High School varsity boys basketball team already has one.
And the junior forward was super on Tuesday night.
Eli Lombardi scored a game-high 28 points, powering the Colonels to a 73-58 victory over visiting Woodstock (9-6).
The teams combined for 19 trifectas on the evening. Brattleboro guard Dylan DeJordy drained five shots from beyond the arc in the first 16 minutes, helping the purple and white to a 34-30 halftime lead.
And then came a 19-4 BUHS run to open the third quarter. Lombardi simply took over in that span — delivering twice from downtown, completing a three-point play, and also making a couple of layups.
With the Wasps using full-court pressure, Brattleboro's Tony Martinez passed out of a trap to Josh Hanson, who found Chayse Cunniff for a bunny. And on another nice trip, Martinez went inside to Hanson and the center kicked the ball out to Lombardi for an open 3.
At the other end, the big back line of Dillon Green, Hanson and Lombardi limited Woodstock to one shot on most possessions. Ian Fulton-Black came up with a pair of steals, while Martinez and Cunniff did a fine job of contesting perimeter shots.
With the hosts ahead by 20 midway through the fourth quarter, Lombardi kept the home fans interested by using a spin move to burn Woodstock's press. He also finished strong inside, after cutting to the hole and receiving a pass from Martinez. And the pretty passing continued with Fulton-Black dishing to Cunniff, who then found Hanson for a chip shot.
The teams appeared equal in the opening half. The lead changed hands seven times and neither side had more than a five-point advantage at any time.
The Colonels relied on the 3, including five from DeJordy, two from Taylor King and another by Martinez. Dylan McDonough (20 points), Hunter McDonough (15 points) and Curran MacDonald (9 points) teamed up for a handful of long-range makes over the first 16 minutes for the visitors.
Down 5-0 right out of the gate, Brattleboro used a 7-0 rally to take its first lead — thanks to two layups by Green and a trey from Martinez at the top of the key. King's triple early in the second quarter put BUHS ahead for the second time at 21-19 and then Hanson's strong take later on put the Colonels up 26-25.
And the hosts would never trail again.
Brattleboro scoring — Eli Lombardi 28 points, Dylan DeJordy 15, Josh Hanson 10, Dillon Green 6, Taylor King 6, Tony Martinez 3, Chayse Cunniff 2, Santiago Contreras 2, Taylor Patno 1.
Division 1 standings
Mt. Mansfield 10-5
Burr and Burton 10-5
St. Albans 7-8
St. Johnsbury 5-10
S. Burlington 4-10
N. Country 4-10