Colonels pull away for 56-41 victory

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BRATTLEBORO >> The meteorologists, who forecasted that we wouldn't get any precipitation until Wednesday, were slightly off this week.

Dylan DeJordy was raining jumpers from downtown on Tuesday night at BUHS, making four trifectas and finishing with a game-high 20 points to help the Brattleboro Union High School varsity boys basketball team drown Burr and Burton 56-41.

It just took the senior point guard and everyone else on the court a little while to get going.

The Colonels missed their first seven shots and fell behind 4-0. BBA's 2-1-2 zone defense was very effective, with 6-4 center Nikolai Sands active in the middle and 6-2 forward Griff Stalcup controlling the glass.

But the hosts would finally get on the board 5:50 into the contest, thanks to an Eli Lombardi free throw. DeJordy would then drill a 3 from the right corner, and another Lombardi make from the charity stripe allowed Brattleboro to enter the second quarter with a 5-4 advantage.

The lead would change hands twice more the rest of the way, with the Bulldogs going ahead 15-14 on a Carter Vickers (14 points) chip shot and the Colonels ending the first half with a 6-0 surge that put them in front for good.

Burr and Burton had plenty of concerns — dealing with the size of Josh Hanson and Lombardi inside, defending the cat quick DeJordy, and trying to stay close with the Sands/Stalcup duo on the bench with foul trouble.

Hanson wowed the crowd by rejecting a second-quarter shot by BBA's Sean Apps into the third row and then altering an attempt on the visitors' next trip. Super sub Taylor King and DeJordy each buried a trey, while Ian Fulton-Black's two freebies just before the intermission gave the purple and white a 20-18 edge.

Another DeJordy 3 and a layup from Hanson stretched Brattleboro's lead to seven points early in the third quarter. BBA followed with a 6-0 rally, King connected from beyond the arc, Eric Fenton made a bunny for the visitors, DeJordy hit a triple, and then Fenton struck again.

With the BUHS student section chanting "De-fense!" in unison, the Colonels put together a 12-2 run. Lombardi scored eight of those points, King added a deep deuce, and DeJordy contributed with a layup after receiving a pretty Taylor Patno feed from the high post.

With the hosts up 43-30 with seven minutes left, the teams traded points as BBA's Stalcup, Sands and Bryce Little all fouled out. Hanson scored five points and DeJordy delivered off of a steal as the Colonels finished the game with a 7-1 surge.

Brattleboro scoring

Dylan DeJordy 20 points, Eli Lombardi 14, Taylor King 10, Josh Hanson 8, Ian Fulton-Black 2, Tony Martinez 1, Dillon Green 1.


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