ST. JOHNSBURY – Senior guard Ben Shungu pumped in a game-high 32 points as reigning Division I champion Rice opened its season with a 68-47 win over St. Johnsbury in high school boys basketball Tuesday night.
Shungu also grabbed six rebounds for the Green Knights (1-0), who stretched an eight-point lead to 20 in the second half and never looked back.
Elliot Nelson chipped in 11 points and Alex Bond recorded nine points and seven boards for Rice.
Alex Carlisle had 14 points to pace the Hilltoppers (0-2), who committed 19 turnovers.
•Champlain Valley 39, Mount Mansfield 37: After Mount Mansfield tied the game with 22 seconds to go, visiting Champlain Valley nosed in front for good with four seconds left to grab a dramatic victory.
Walker Storey tallied a game-high 19 points for the 2-1 Redhawks.
Will Bergeron led the Cougars (1-1) with 17 points and Zach Reinhardt pulled down 10 rebounds.
•South Burlington 51, Essex 49: Up by one with less than 30 seconds to go, host South Burlington got the defensive stop and rebound it needed before adding a free throw to seal the win over Essex.
Ben Moran notched a team-best 13 points and five steals for the Rebels (1-2). Jeremy Clements finished with a double-double of 12 points and 11 rebounds.
Eli Baez posted a game-high 15 points for the Hornets (1-1).
•Burlington 53, Rutland 44: Host Rutland trimmed a 10-point deficit down to five in the fourth quarter but couldn’t find a way past Burlington.
Asko Mostarlic led the Seahorses (2-0) with 15 points. Josh Hale and Kevin Garrison tossed in 11 apiece.
Nathaniel Kingsley powered the Raiders (2-1) with a game-high 18 points, while Kyle Cassarino netted 11.
•Winooski 64, Randolph 55: Jibril Abdullahi poured in 31 points as host Winooski built a 20-point lead in the second half and held off Randolph’s fourth-quarter rally.
Abdullahi went 7-of-10 from 3-point range to lead the Spartans (2-0), who led 53-33 after three quarters. Eddy Lamson added 14 points.
Levi West put up a team-high 19 points for the Galloping Ghosts (1-1) and Nathan Gray scored 16.
•Harwood 64, Hartford 63: A late Hartford free throw was off the mark and host Harwood snared the rebound as time expired to secure a narrow victory.
Cole Lavoie drained five 3-pointers en route to a team-high 17 for the Highlanders (2-0), while Lucas Baron tossed in 15 points and Shiv Seethepalli added 12.
Chris Nulty paced the Hurricanes with 22 points, while Gavin Farnsworth (15) and Bryce Landon (11) also hit double figures.
•Danville 61, Blue Mountain 28: Connor Johnson dialed up a 22-point performance, one of three Danville players in double figures, as the Indians raced past host Blue Mountain.
Riley Fenoff tossed in 16 for 2-0 Danville and Colton Loura-Bumps added 13.
Mark Puffer paced the Bucks (0-1) with 16 points.
•Lamoille 54, Peoples 40: Terrell Baker dropped 15 points and Lucas Lanphear was right behind with 14 as host Lamoille toppled rival Peoples.
Lanphear also drilled four 3-pointers for the Lancers (2-0).
Joe Yando and Louis Angio led the Wolves (0-1) with nine points apiece.
•Twinfield 90, Northfield 20: Ahead 22-2 after one quarter, Twinfield never looked back as it routed host Northfield.
Matt Codling tallied 15 points to lead five Trojans in double figures.
Alex Steward scored eight points to lead the Marauders.
•Oxbow 64, Rivendell 43: Ben Emerson totaled 16 points and host Oxbow improved to 2-0 at Rivendell’s expense.
Mick Johnson and Hayden Tomlinson each added nine points for the Olympians, who led 33-18 at the break.
Owen Pelletier paced Rivendell with 19 points.
•Lake Region 66, Vergennes 49: Riley Urie put up 18 points visiting Lake Region won every quarter in defeating Vergennes.
Trent Bathalon tossed in 16 points and Austin Roberge tallied 12 for the Rangers, who led 34-25 at the intermission break.
Josh Lorrain scored 10 points for Vergennes (1-2).
•Hazen 57, Williamstown 54: Host Hazen overcame a slow start with a big second quarter in its win over Williamstown in a Division III clash.
Kevin Doyon struck for 20 points, Denis LeCours added 16 and Derek Richardson chipped in 11 for the Wildcats (2-0), who had a 24-14 second-quarter edge.
D.J. Stone scored 14 points and Jason Premont had 10 for the Blue Devils (0-1).
•Rochester 65, Mid Vermont Christian 44: Troy Walker poured in 35 points to power Rochester past Mid Vermont Christian.
Ben Wardell (16 points) and Ben Harvey (10) also reached double figures for 2-0 Rochester.
Thomas Weiler paced MVC with 22 points. John Sike chipped in a dozen points.
•Middlebury 4, Rutland 2: Colton Leno and Tyler Crowningshield (assist) each scored twice and host Middlebury used a three-goal second period to take the lead for good in a win over Rutland.
Sawyer Ryan backstopped the Tigers (1-0) win with 23 saves. Andrew Gleason and Kristian Gombosi dished out assists.
Jacob Sabourin and Jacob Godfrey scored for the Raiders (1-1), Connor Ladabouche added two assists and Glen Mandel stopped 18 shots.