Donnelly leads Redhawks to 2-0 start (12/10/09)

Two home contests next for boys hoops squad

Dec. 10, 2009

By Mal Boright

Observer correspondent

Thursday night will be a good night for birders at Champlain Valley Union High’s Bremner Gymnasium. CVU’s Redhawks will be matching talons — er, hoops — with the visiting Missisquoi Union High boys Thunderbirds.

Missisquoi comes in for the 7 p.m. game with a 1-0 mark after nipping Mount Mansfield Union High 59-57 in overtime at home Monday night. CVU on the same night hiked its record to 2-0 with a 59-49 road victory at Vergennes Union High.

The Redhawks’ home stand ends Monday night with Vergennes rolling into town at 7 p.m.

With junior Jake Donnelly continuing his torrid scoring touch with 27 points (53 in two games), CVU broke out to an early 18-point lead in cruising past the Commodores, who fell to 1-2.

Will Hurd (15 points) and Robert Russ (10) joined Donnelly in double figures.

Vergennes did not go away easily. CVU’s big early advantage fell to just six points by intermission, but the Redhawks were able to maintain control through the second half.

The season-opening Mount Mansfield contest last Thursday was similar in that the Redhawks, paced by Donnelly’s 14 points, jumped to a 22-7 edge on the Cougars by the end of the first quarter.

But while CVU’s pressure defense produced seven MMU turnovers in the first period, the miscues in the second reel mostly came from CVU and the Cougars cut the Redhawks’ lead to 29-20 by break time.

“We got off our rhythm,” CVU coach Scott Bliss said of the ragged second quarter.

Floor play improved in the second half and CVU kept the lead between seven and 10 points until Donnelly, with a baseline drive, ignited a seven-point run midway through the final reel. The scoring streak boosted the Redhawks to a 56-37 advantage with four minutes remaining. The Cougars put in five more points before the buzzer, putting the final score at 56-42.

Donnelly finished with 26 points, a team-leading seven rebounds and three assists and enough running of the floor to earn the name “Mr. Motion.”

Russ nailed two big treys in the second half and totaled 13 tallies. Hurd had five points and five rebounds while guard Chris Beaton came off the bench for a busy five points, five rebounds, two steals and an assist.

A pair of sophomores had solid games for coach Jeff Davis’ Cougars. Tom Lacy dropped in three treys among his team high 14 points while 6-foot-7 Eric Suder scored 11 points and grabbed four rebounds.

CVU’s junior varsity notched a 41-36 win.

 

MMU-CVU, Score

MMU                        7            13            13            9     –   42

CVU                        22            7            14            13   –   56

 

MMU (42)

Lacy 5-10 1-2 14, Lecours 0-2 1-2 1, Suder 4-10 3-6 11, Brown 1-4 2-6 4, Leland 1-8 0-0 2, Wright 2-4 0-0 4, Labounty 0-1 0-0 0, Sharrow 2-4 1-2 6, Springer 0-0 0-0 0, Chornyak 0-0 0-0 0, Pochop 0-0 0-0 0, Garrow 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 15-43 8-18 42.

CVU (56)

Donnelly 8-15 8-10 26, Nigh 0-2 1-2 1, Hurd 2-8 0-2 5, Hart 0-0 0-0 0, Russ 3-9 5-6 13, Gale 1-1 0-0 2, Beaton 2-4 0-0 5, Rensch 0-0 0-0 0, Leckerling 1-2 0-0 2, Pierson 0-0 0-0 0, Boland 0-0 0-0 0, Spencer 0-0 0-0 0, Clayton 0-0 0-0 0, Karnes 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 18-43 14-20 56.