Down the wire in a big, 65-64 victory over BFA-Fairfax last week, the Hazen coaching staff didn’t realize Dimitri Vasiliadis was nearing the school’s single-game scoring record.
They were too busy trying to win, and pushing a winning streak that now sits at four straight after Tuesday’s triumph at Richford.
“We figured he was close to 40. We had no idea until it was over,” Hazen coach Aaron Hill said.
Vasiliadis did set the scoring mark, tallying 42 points on 17 of 21 shooting, with his drives to the basket yielding much of his scoring production. The 6-foot-3 Vasiliadis, who averages more than 20 points per game, also had 13 rebounds and five assists.
Vasiliadis broke the previous mark of 41 points, set by Hill’s brother, Travis, in the mid-1990s. Ironically, Travis Hill is an assistant coach on his older brother’s staff.
Moreno comes up big for Harwood
With the final seconds ticking away in a tie game against visiting Thetford on Friday, Dominic Moreno of Harwood seized the moment and delivered for the Highlanders.
The junior forward/center sliced in along the baseline and put a bank shot off the glass to cap a fourth-quarter comeback and lift Harwood to a 53-51 victory. The win got the Highlanders back to .500 at 6-6, and showcased the kind of take-charge attitude that coach Mike Woods has been looking for from his team this season.
“We drew up a play, but it kind of got busted,” Woods said. “Dominic got himself open, then took it upon himself to drive the baseline — which was something we had talked about doing more. It was a heads-up play by him.”
Moreno racked up a team-high 14 points against the Panthers, eight of which came in the final frame to help Harwood erase a five-point deficit. Moreno also chipped in five assists and four rebounds.
Duo hits 1,000-pt milestone
Mid Vermont Christian Austin Sayers reached 1,000 career points recently.
The son of head coach Brian Sayers, the MVC junior, who also played on varsity as an eighth grader, averages 23.2 points, 16.3 rebounds, 3.7 steals and 3.1 blocks per game.
After a 14-6 mark last year, Sayers and MVC sit at 11-4 and in the hunt for a high seed for the Division IV playoffs.
Rice’s Casey Tipson also recently joined the 1,000 point club, reaching the milestone in a win over Mount Mansfield.
Tipson got his 1,000th point on a play in the second quarter after the senior stole the ball and converted the layup. Tipson finished the game with 16 points for the 10-1 Green Knights.