Colonels win home opener

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BRATTLEBORO >> Menorah candles and Dylan DeJordy were both on fire on Monday night.

On the first day of Hanukkah, the senior guard buried four shots from beyond the arc and scored a game-high 18 points to help the Brattleboro Union High School varsity boys basketball team to a 65-55 win over visiting MSJ.

DeJordy hit two trifectas and also made a layup as the purple and white opened up an 18-8 advantage in the opening quarter. Forwards Josh Hanson and Eli Lombardi each added four points over the first eight minutes, including a reverse layup by the former and a pretty baseline drive for two by the latter.

Hanson also excited the crowd with a couple of rejections early on. And the senior big man ripped down several defensive rebounds.

Super sub Ian Fulton-Black connected from downtown and also completed a 3-point play to put Brattleboro ahead 26-12 with 4:30 left until the intermission. And then the pace picked up, with one team scoring and the other answering immediately.

Joe Ruby, who rarely passed up a shot, drained a trey and a pair of bunnies to give MSJ hope. The half then ended with another long-range make from DeJordy, an old-school 3 by Green Wave star Barryn Shark, and a putback by Hanson.

The visitors pulled to within nine in the third quarter, thanks to money balls from Jelani Williams, Clay Drinwater and Ruby.

"I'm proud of you guys. I'm proud of you guys," repeated MSJ coach David Randall during a timeout. "Do you see the difference from the first half to now? We are moving the ball a lot better. It's the little things."

The Green Wave just didn't have anything for DeJordy, who used his quickness to get open looks for himself and his teammates. His third-quarter highlights included a blow-by and layup, a fine pass in transition to Hanson, and his fourth triple of the game.

Following a couple of deep deuces by Dillon Green early in the fourth quarter, Brattleboro had a 58-46 advantage. And then came a 6-0 run by the Green Wave, consisting of two freebies from Shark and a couple of chip shots, to get MSJ within six points and allow the visitors to believe.

"Let's go Colonels!" screamed members of the hyped-up BUHS student section in unison, before stomping on the bleachers, with three minutes remaining.

The chanting seemed to wake the purple and white up.

Leading 58-52, the hosts would go 5-for-9 from the charity stripe and also get a putback from Hanson down the stretch to seal the victory.

DeJordy (18 points), Hanson (14 points, 4 blocks) and Lombardi (12 points) did the damage for the 1-1 Colonels. Shark and Ruby scored 17 and 14 points respectively to lead MSJ.


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