Redhawks coming off overtime loss Tuesday
By Mal Boright
January 30th, 2014
Coming off a wrenching overtime loss at Colchester High Tuesday night, the Champlain Valley Union High boys’ basketball team (4-9) moves to the home court of the powerful 8-3 Rice Memorial High Green Knights Friday night.
The Knights opened the week with a 46-39 loss to St. Johnsbury Academy (10-2) but on Tuesday crushed South Burlington High, 75-41.
In early December, Rice came to CVU’s Bremner Gymnasium and crunched the Redhawks, 74-39.
At Colchester, coach Michael Osborne’s Hawks, hoping to even the two-game season series with the Lakers, forced the extra period on Chris Reiss’ hoop with about 30 seconds remaining in regulation. Reiss had 19 points to pace the Red and White.
However, Colchester’s marksman Ricky Giroux, who unloaded 30 points in the Lakers Jan. 9 victory at CVU, was on a late-game tear and put away the winning bucket in overtime as part of a seven-point outburst.
Last Friday, the mighty St. Jay Hilltoppers, unbeaten in Vermont, rapped the Redhawks 65-45 at Hinesburg as 6-8 center Vlad Cobzaru dominated around the glass for 20 points and 17 rebounds.
CVU played well and led 15-14 early in the second reel only to see the Hilltoppers fire up a 19-5 run, the spark a string of three straight treys by long-range bomber Brendan O’Shea (17 points).
Trailing 33-20 at intermission, CVU hung around for some minutes as forward Ryan Schneiderman put in a solid performance of 15 points and eight rebounds while Reiss added 10 points and Lucas Aube nine.
But the sharpshooting (26-for-53) and over all inside-outside balance of St.Johnsbury was the difference.