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‘Hawks top Essex, lose to Colchester

Jan. 26, 2012

By Mal Boright

Observer correspondent

 

Actor Liam Neeson’s new flick, “The Grey,” might be a description of the hair color of coaches and team followers of the Champlain Valley boys basketball team after two recent cardiac-throbbing contests at Bremner Gymnasium that featured a Redhawk win and loss.

Coach Scott Bliss and his 6-5 ‘Hawks blow into Burlington Thursday (7:45 p.m.), hoping to gain a repeat of mid-December’s home 53-45 win over the Seahorses.

CVU returns home Monday to conclude the season series with South Burlington. The Redhawks rumbled past the Rebels 58-40 late last month in South Burlington.

The two thrill fests concluded Monday night with CVU’s 56-48 loss to a hard-working Colchester quintet that departed with a 5-5 record.

This followed Saturday’s (Jan. 21) uplifting 50-48 nudging of Essex (5-5) on a scintillating tie-breaking layup by Brad Bissonette with nine seconds left in regulation.

The Colchester test had highs (CVU’s 10-point third period lead) and lows (a Laker 19-2 run in the third and fourth quarters).

Colchester took a 50-42 lead into the closing three minutes. CVU twice got to within four, but could not inch closer despite having the ball.

The Redhawks’ productive offense early (50 percent first-half shooting) came to a halt midway in the third period when Colchester laid more traps in CVU’s offensive side of the court than Canadian trappers put out in the north woods in the 1600s.

While the ‘Hawks did not turn the ball over much, their shots became hurried and off target. At the other end, the Lakers used a patient approach to get quick guards loose for layups. They led 43-40 by the end of the quarter.

Not much happened for the Redhawks until late in the fourth period when Brad Bissonette boomed a long trey from the left corner with 2:51 left, and Lucas Aube hit 1 of 2 free throws at 2:05 to pull CVU within 50-46.

But despite other opportunities, they got no closer — Joe Chevalier’s layup at 1:01 was the Redhawks’ final basket.

Brad Bissonette led CVU with 14 points, four rebounds and three assists. Aube had eight points and six boards. John Keen collected seven points and four rebounds.

Defender of the day was junior Ryan Brogna, called off the bench by Bliss and given the job of controlling Colchester’s Anthony Granai after Granai lit up the Hawks for 15 points in the first half.

Brogna did his job. Granai got off just one second-half shot and had three free throws to finish with 18 points. However, Lakers’ slashing guards Ricky Giroux and Nate Hodge got clicking for nine points each to rescue Colchester.

In the Essex game, while Brad Bissonette’s clutch shot was the winner, the game was not over until the Hornets missed an open three-pointer just before the final buzzer.

Brad Bissonette had a complete outing with 22 points, four rebounds, four assists, two steals and three blocked shots. Keen contributed 11 second-half points, seven rebounds and three steals. Point guard Tucker Kohlasch had nine points, including a pair of deep threes, and four assists.

Brogna came off the pine with his usual in-your-space defense to go with six rebounds and two steals.

For Essex, junior Tom Carton unloaded 25 points and hauled in 10 rebounds.

The seesaw affair featured 13 lead changes before CVU took a 47-41 advantage midway through the final quarter; only to have Carton lead Essex back to a tie (48-48) before Bissonette struck the final blow.

CVU’s jayvees nipped Colchester 64-63 in overtime, and rose its season record to 8-2.

Matt Howell’s threebie from the right corner inside of 30 seconds to go provided game winner.

 

 

 

Colchester 56, CVU 48 (Jan. 23)

 

Colchester (5-5)

N. Corrigan, 1 0-0 2; Kozlowski, 0 0-0 0; Caus, 4 1-3 9; Granai, 6 4-6 18; hodge, 3 4-4 11; Giroux, 3 2-2 9; Tuttle, 0 0-0 0; Paradee, 0 0-0 0; McNeil, 1 0-0 2; B. Corrigan, 2 0-0 5.

Totals: 20 11-15 56

 

CVU (6-5)

B. Bissonette, 6 0-0 14; Keen, 3 0-2 7; Aube, 3 2-4 8; Whitbeck, 1 0-0 2;

Kohlasch, 2 0-0 5; Chevalier, 3 0-0 6; S. Bissonette, 1 0-0 2; Beaudry, 1 0-0 2; Gilstadt, 1 0-0 2; Brogna, 0 0-0 0.

Totals: 21 2-6 48

 

CHS       10  26  17  13  – 56

CVU       14  16  10    8  – 48

 

 

CVU 50, Essex 48 (Saturday, Jan. 21)

 

Essex (5-5)

Mulcahy, 1 0-0 3; Salerno, 1 0-0 2; Carton, 10 3-6 25; Barnes, 3 2-4 8; McGrath, 4 0-0 8; Forbes, 0 2-6 2; McSoley, 0 0-0 0; Trick, 0 0-0 0; Goodrich, 0 0-0 0.

Totals: 19 7-16 48

 

CVU (6-4)

B. Bissonette, 9 0-1 22; Chevalier, 1 0-0 2; Aube, 0 2-4 2; Whitbeck, 1 0-0 2; Kohlasch, 3 1-2 9; Beaudry, 0 0-0 0; Gilstedt, 0 0-1 0; Keen, 5 1-2 11; S. Bissonette, 0 0-0 0; Brogna, 0 2-4 2.

Totals: 19 6-14 50

 

Essex           17  10  10  11  – 48

CVU             15    8  13  14  – 50

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