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CVU boys seek home win

Jan. 27, 2011

By Mal Boright
Observer correspondent

“We need a win,” a determined Jake Donnelly said Monday night after watching the Champlain Valley Union High girls basketball team at Essex High.

Donnelly was talking about his boys team, in the throes of a three-game losing string, and its Tuesday night trip to St. Johnsbury Academy.

The senior Donnelly and his Redhawks then got the needed victory, 56-51 over the 2-7 Hilltoppers.

The triumph lifted CVU’s record to 4-5. Oddly, the Redhawks are winless at home (0-4) and hope to take care of that irksome situation Friday night when 5-4 South Burlington High comes to Bremner Gymnasium.

It was real Jake all the way Tuesday for CVU as Donnelly dropped a 20-point second half burst on the Hilltoppers. He emerged with a game-high 28 points. Sophomore forward Brad Bissonnette chimed in with 13 for a second straight double-digit effort.

Seeds for the thumbs-upper might well have been planted last Friday night when the Redhawks bowed to Spaulding High 64-58 at home but only after a second half rally that gave the 6-3 Crimson Tide some very uncomfortable moments.

Trailing 25-19 at the half after hitting just six of 20 shots and turning the ball over 12 times, the Redhawks put together one of their best quarters of the season, outscoring Spaulding 20-10 in the third reel to carry a 39-35 lead into the final period.

The Tide tightened its defense, forced nine more CVU turnovers and hit 19 of 24 free throws to escape with the victory.

Bissonnette was a key offensive weapon in that third period comeback, hitting 11 of his 16 points including three straight treys. Donnelly, who nailed only one of six shots in the first half, wound up with 21 points including six of 13 from the floor. He also had five assists.

Spaulding’s top gun was lanky, smooth-moving senior veteran Evan Tullar. He opened with a 10-point first quarter and finished with a game-high 23 on nine for 14 from the field.

After Tullar put up a three-point play early in the third period, CVU coach Scott Bliss sent in senior Nick Spencer to take on Tullar dude-to-dude. The Tide star then had to labor for his final two hoops over the last quarter-and-a-half.

Senior Lucas Dutil was the Tide’s fourth quarter leader as he canned eight straight free throws and 11 of 12 plus a hoop to finish with 20 points.

Andrew Gale came off the CVU bench to contribute a team-leading seven rebounds along with four points. Spencer hauled in five rebounds and had a steal.

SPAULDING HIGH (64)

Tullar 9 5-8 23, Mayo 1 0-1 2, Carrier 0 0-0 0, Dutil 4 11-12 20, Blouin 2 1-2 7, Grubb 0 0-0 0, Cody 4 0-0 8, Brouillette 0 0-0 0, Gallo 0 4-4 4. Totals 20 21-27 64.

CVU (58)

Donnelly 6 9-12 21, Bissonnette 4 5-6 16, Keen 0 0-0 0, Kohlasch 1 0-0 3, Russ 3 2-3 8, Boland 0 0-0 0, Karnes 1 2-2 4, Spencer 0 0-0 0, Lambert 1 0-0 2, Gale 2 0-2 4, Pierson 0 0-0 0. Totals 18 18-25 58.

Spaulding 14            11            10            29   –   64

CVU 9            10            20            19   –   58

Junior Varsity: CVU 57, Spaulding 40

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