’Cats, Rebs blast B-towns, Hinsdale stays flawless

Wednesday January 30, 2013

WILMINGTON -- Justin Hicks scored six points in his varsity debut, Dal Nesbitt led with 26 points, brother Cade Nesbitt drained 10 points, and Colin Lozito finished with 12 points and 15 assists, to give the Wildcats varsity basketball team a 63-30 win over Black River on Tuesday.

"We took an early lead," said Twin Valley coach Chris Brown. "All 11 of our guys touched the floor tonight, and some got their feet wet. They’re a young team, and Black River battled us all the way."

Jeremy Hunt, Jared Lambert, and Keegan Reed had great hustle off the bench, according to their coach, and were instrumental in doing damage against the visitors during the second half.

The 4-9 Wildcats will host Arlington on Monday at 7:30 p.m.

Boys Basketball

Leland & Gray 51,

Springfield 39

SPRINGFIELD -- Drew Barnum and Jake Sherman combined for 30 points to help lead the Rebels to a victory over the Cosmos on Tuesday night.

L&G built a nice lead in the second half and surged to add 20 points. "We didn’t finish the way I’d like to see, but we did enough preparation early on to stay ahead," said Leland & Gray coach Andrew Nystrom. "Still, we came out and played hard."

The 9-2 Rebels will host Woodstock on Friday at 7:30 p.m.

Girls Basketball

Hinsdale 44, Newport 19

HINSDALE, N.H. -- No one can seem to beat the Pacers, as the ladies remain perfect on the season at 13-0, with their latest victory coming Tuesday evening against visiting Newport.

Hinsdale came out strong on defense during the first half which led them to a 25-10 advantage at the break. "Our girls stayed patient and took their time with their shots," said Hinsdale coach Terry Bonnette. "Newport had slowed down by the second half."

Allison Scott poured in 16 points, Skylar Bonnette threw down 12 points, and Bridget Bourne chipped in five, to lead the Pacers on offense.

The Pacers will play at Pittsfield on Friday at 7 p.m.

8th Grade Boys Basketball

Leland & Gray 40,

Brattleboro 36

BRATTLEBORO -- Leland & Gray outlasted Brattleboro on Tuesday night at BAMS. The middle school gym was rocking as the two teams battled to a 31-31 tie at the end of regulation.

The Colonels scored the last five points with less than a minute remaining to send the game into overtime and the crowd into a frenzy. Leland & Gray’s Aaron Claussen was flawless at the point, attacking the basket to score and dish. Claussen scored four of his 10 points in the overtime period as the Rebels notched nine points in the final three minute frame.

Jake Wilkins anchored the Rebels’ tough man-to-man defense, which held the hosts to 31 points through the first four quarters. Caleb Thibault and Clayton Sanderson were undersized against the Colonel frontline, but they made up for it with desire, battling for every rebound and challenging every shot for the entire 27 minutes.


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