Hilltoppers coast at BUHS

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BRATTLEBORO — It looked like a scene out of Rocky 4 when a trainer attended to 6-9 center Andrew Cowan's bloody nose with 2:51 remaining in Wednesday night's varsity boys basketball game at Brattleboro Union High School.

But this time, the big man would not be denied.

Cowan scored 10 points and swatted three shots as Saint Johnsbury knocked out the Colonels, 73-54.

"You can't do that," members of the BUHS student section chanted repeatedly after Cowan was whistled for elbowing Brattleboro's Sam Mattocks in the lane.

The Colonels (3-4), who entered the fourth quarter trailing by 24 points, were in the midst of a 19-4 run when that foul occurred. Tyler Millerick drained a 15-footer, Charlie Galanes had a couple of buckets, Greg Fitzgerald buried two shots from beyond the arc, and Gabe Packard completed a three-point play during that surge.

The hosts were within 63-54 at the 2:51 mark, when Cowan took a seat on the bench and a woman wearing latex gloves tried to stop the bleeding, literally.

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Saint Johnsbury went on to score the last 10 points of the contest, including 6-for-6 shooting from the line by Logan Wendell. The senior point guard finished with a game-high 26 points.

With Brattleboro fans such as Tyson Cutting and Charlie Siggins looking on from the bleachers, the teams combined for five trifectas over the first eight minutes. Keegan Givens, Fitzgerald and Packard all hit one for the hosts, while Nick Guckin and Wendell each connected for the Hilltoppers (5-1).

Ahead 20-15 by the end of the opening quarter, Saint Johnsbury doubled its lead by the break. Cowan had a pair of highlight hoops, as he took care of a lob from Wendell and later scored with a pretty move on the low block.

Galanes was the star for the purple and white in the second quarter. The senior forward racked up eight points, including a putback, a couple of jumpers, and a slashing move along the left side with Guckin defending him. He also set up a bunny from Mattocks.

Aside from Millerick's 3 and Fitzgerald's layup, the third quarter was all Saint Johnsbury. Matt Emerson and Wendell both delivered from downtown as the visitors opened up a 59-35 advantage.

And then came the 19-4 Brattleboro run to begin the fourth quarter.

Brattleboro scoring: Charlie Galanes 14 points, Greg Fitzgerald 13 points, Tyler Millerick 8 points, Gabe Packard 8 points, Sam Mattocks 6 points, Keegan Givens 3 points, Trinley Warren 2 points.


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