JERICHO – Weathering a seesaw second half, Rice Memorial High School held on for a 67-59 win over Mount Mansfield in front of a capacity crowd for Friday night’s Metro Division boys basketball showdown
After losing the lead during the third quarter, the Green Knights (9-1) took control for good by stringing together a 16-4 run over a four minute stretch. The Cougars (7-2) whittled the deficit to six in the final seconds but got no closer.
One of four Rice players in double figures, Kendrick Gray led the way with 20 points. Ben Shungu (13 points), Ferran Lopez (12) and Arnold Vainqueur (11) all chipped in at key moments.
Looks like this will go down to the wire. Plenty of white noise in here tonight, along with hoops. https://t.co/xLlkvBca5G
— Austin Danforth (@eadanforth) January 10, 2015
Alec Eschholz poured in a game-high 21 for Mount Mansfield and Kyle Adams added 12, including a trio of 3-pointers in the final two minutes.
• Champlain Valley 45, Colchester 41: With the score knotted 33-33 after three quarters, visiting Champlain Valley edged Colchester in the final frame to get the win.
Chris Reiss, Walker Storey and Josh Bliss tallied nine points apiece to lead the Redhawks (4-5), who used a 17-2 run in the second quarter to grab a 24-20 advantage by halftime.
Justin Evans put up a game-high 11 points for the Lakers and Alex Corrigan chipped in with nine.
• BFA-St. Albans 63, Essex 57: Three players netted double figures as visiting BFA-St. Albans picked up a win over Essex.
Chris Myers-Tinney put up a team-high 16 points to lead the Bobwhites (4-5), while Tristan Menard added 13 and Shawn Humphrey 10.
Eli DiGrande led all scorers with 23 points for the Hornets (6-3), who also got nine from Scott Lyon and eight from Cody Greene.
• Rutland 59, St. Johnsbury 54: Tristen Ross hit a 3-pointer to tie the contest 41-41 at the start of the fourth quarter but host Rutland nosed in front and secured the win.
Kyle Cassarino led the Raiders (7-2) with 16 points. Omari Brown and Bailey Plante chipped in with 14 apiece.
Ross tallied 25 points to lead the Hilltoppers (3-5) while Colton Hudson added 12.
• North Country 60, Missisquoi 52: Matthew Duncan scored 11 of his 21 points in the fourth quarter to help North Country hold off a Missisquoi comeback.
North Country, who led 31-17 at halftime, also got 15 points from Colin Myrick. The Falcons move to 7-2.
Jervon Montgomery led all scorers with 23 points for Missisquoi (5-4).
• Middlebury 71, Fair Haven 49: Oakley Gordon pumped in 25 points and host Middlebury cruised past Fair Haven.
Bryce Burrell added 11 for the 5-3 Tigers. Lucas Czarnecki led the Slaters with 18 points.
• Lamoille 61, Randolph 42: Lucas Lanphear’s 20-point outing led nine scorers for Lamoille as the Lancers cruised past visiting Randolph.
Eric Hoadley tossed in 10 points to go with nine rebounds and Evan Slayton nine for 8-1 Lamoille, which held the Galloping Ghosts (8-2) to just five points in the second quarter and held a 33-17 lead at halftime.
Nathan Gray paced Randolph with 18 points and Levi West added 11.
• Middlebury 2, Essex 1: Answering Essex’s opening strike midway through the second quarter, visiting Middlebury tucked away goals 13 seconds apart later in the frame to prevail.
Tulley Hescock deposited the Tigers’ (8-2) equalizer off a feed from Julia Carone and Andi Boe’s unassisted goal moments later stood up for the game winner. Netminder Rowan Hendy made 10 saves.
Amanda Sinkewicz scored unassisted for the Hornets (6-3). Vika Simons stopped 23 shots.
• Lake Region 58, Winooski 48: Three players recorded double figures and Lake Region used a 20-10 first quarter advantage as a springboard to defeat Winooski.
Tyrah Urie netted a game-high 16 points for the Rangers. Karamae Hayman-Jones chipped in with 12 and Katie Menard had 10 points.
Riley Corrigan paced the Spartans with 13 points and Amanda Nattress was close behind with 12.
• Hazen 50, Danville 38: Kagan Beachum and Kira Hislop each scored 10 points to power host Hazen (2-6) in a win over Danville.
Britani Buck led all scorers with 14 points for the Indians (2-6).
• Peoples 33, Northfield 31: Using a 13-3 third quarter to seize the lead, Peoples went on to top visiting Northfield for its first win of the season.
Kaitlyn Newton led the way for the Wolves (1-6) with 10 points and Lyn Washer added eight.
Rhiannon Page tossed in 15 points for the Marauders (2-6).
• Stowe 42, Milton 28: Ruby Goss had a double-double — 12 points and 10 rebounds — to help Stowe past host Milton.
Emma Buonanno added 14 points for Stowe, who moved to 7-1 this season.
Kaitlin Brouard had 14 points to pace Milton (3-6).