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Feb. 17, 2011

By Mal Boright
Observer correspondent

Coach Scott Bliss’ Champlain Valley Union High School basketball team looked much sharper at home Tuesday night but still got nudged 56-55 by an improving Colchester (8-7) unit.

However, the performance which included better balanced scoring and rebounding could be significant for the Redhawks, who have 7-8 defending Division 1 champ Essex and 13-2 Rice Memorial High coming to Bremner Gymnasium Friday night, and late Tuesday afternoon (5:30 p.m.).

The loss to the long distance bombing Lakers was 5-10 CVU’s fifth in a row, which had some usually winning statistics in that the Hawks shot 43 percent from the field and held a lusty 39-22 edge in rebounding.

The clinker in the deal for CVU was Colchester’s 3-point sniping, which resulted in nine cord snappers from international waters: six by junior Nate Hodge, who totaled a game-high 22 points. Teammate Anthony Granai logged three hits from downtown among his 11 points.

Colchester hit 12 of 45 shots for a slick 47 percent.

The Redhawks took a 45-39 lead into the final quarter after a scintillating third reel in which they put up a 20-11 doozie on the Lakers, paced by Brad Bissonnette’s seven points and muscular Andrew (Mr. Bam) Gale’s inside work of seven points and six rebounds.
However, Hodge knocked down a pair of treys early in the final reel and the Lakers quickly pulled ahead, 51-49.

Tucker Kohlasch swished one of two free throws with 3:56 left and then nailed a 3-ball after a set-up pass from Nick Spencer to give CVU a 53-51 edge.

Colchester then popped off five straight points, aided by two critical CVU turnovers.
Robert Russ (12 points) then hit a layup following a precision pass from Jake Donnelly, and CVU was within 56-55 with 26 seconds remaining. The Redhawks had two more possessions but could not manufacture a decent shot.

Donnelly, chased all over the place by eyeball-to-eyeball Colchester defenders, was limited to eight shots and six points but hauled in 10 rebounds.

Bissonnette, in his second game back after missing a few due to a shoulder injury, had nine points and six rebounds. Gale turned in a double-double of 13 points and 10 rebounds, while Kohlasch potted 11 points and drew three assists.

Colchester also got solid work from senior forward Jack Leclerc with 15 points and eight rebounds.

While both teams shot well from the field, the charity stripe was more of a challenge. The Lakers hit just 5 of 14 from the line while the Hawks were just 2 of 6.

North Country upends CVU
Last Friday, CVU got an early lead at North Country, but could not hang on and bowed to the 2-12 Falcons, 47-44. North Country nailed 9 of 10 free throws in the final quarter to clinch it.

Donnelly had 15 points and Russ 12 for CVU.

Colchester (56)
Leclerc, 7 1-4 15; Granai, 4 0-0 11; Caus, 3 2-6 8; Hodge, 7 2-3 22; Dandurand, 0 0-1 0; Kozlowski, 0 0-0 0; Corrigan, 0 0-0 0; El-Hajj, 0 0-0 0; Gardner, 0 0-0 0. Totals: 21 5-14 56

CVU (55)
Donnelly, 3 0-2 6; Bissonnette, 4 0-0 9; Gale, 6 1-2 13; Kohlasch, 4 1-2 11; Russ, 5 0-0 12; Spencer, 0 0-0 0; Karmes, 1 0-0 2; Boland 0 0-0 0; Keen, 1 0-0 2; Lambert, 0 0-0 0; Pierson 0 0-0 0. Totals: 24 2-6 55

CHS 13  15  11  17  -  56
CVU 9  16  20  10  -  55

Junior Varsity: CVU 46, Colchester 35

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