Colonels swat Wasps
BRATTLEBORO — When Woodstock head coach Joel Carey turned his head quickly to look over at his reserves during the second quarter of Tuesday night's varsity boys basketball game, he may have been searching for somebody who could stop Brattleboro's junior point guard.
But that player did not exist.
Tyler Millerick was unstoppable, scoring a career-high 31 points to carry the Colonels to a 59-44 victory over the visiting Wasps.
"He's a tough player. He's a good player," noted BUHS coach Jason Coplan. "To have a scoring night like this just shows what he's capable of."
Millerick racked up 19 points in the opening half, on two layups, four free throws, four mid-range jumpers, and a trifecta from the right corner. He had hit seven shots from the field in a row before a 15-footer rimmed out.
"He finally missed a shot," BUHS backer Art Freeman said with a smile during halftime.
The home fans were treated to all kinds of highlight reel plays in the first 16 minutes of action. Charlie Galanes took a charge and also blocked a shot, Adam Newton (9 points) sank one from downtown, JayQuan Knight stole the ball and dished to Millerick for a 3, Gabe Packard (8 points) scored on a putback, and Millerick grabbed a defensive rebound before forcing the issue and pulling up from 17 feet out for his second bucket of the contest.
Brattleboro took a 34-16 advantage to the intermission.
The visitors continually went inside to physical center Gabe Marsicovetere (13 points), but his powerful post moves only resulted in two points in the third quarter. His teammates and supporters were often heard begging for a whistle.
Galanes wowed the crowd with a reverse layup and a trey from the left wing. Millerick, who assisted on both of those hoops, added a bunny and another mid-range jumper. Tyler Higley knocked down three shots from the charity stripe before the purple and white took a 21-point lead into the final quarter.
"I may have emptied my bench a little too early," admitted Coplan. "I'm frustrated that we had a 20-point lead to work with and we were not taking care of the fundamentals. The five players that were in there play together in practices — they play against the starting five."
Two makes from beyond the arc by Harrison Morse (19 points) and a three-point play from Marsicovetere helped Woodstock trim the lead to 10 (54-44) with one minute remaining. Millerick, who was sent back on the floor midway through the quarter, made seven free throws down the stretch to help his team hold off the rallying Wasps.
The 8-6 Colonels will face rival Mount Anthony Union on Monday.
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