By Mal Boright
With just three regular season games remaining, the Champlain Valley Union High boys basketball quintet will be trying to improve its Division 1 playoff position when it invades South Burlington High Thursday to tangle with the 8-8 Rebels.
South Burlington used a late run to trip CVU 51-42 at Bremner Gymnasium in early January.
Coach Michael Osborne’s hoopsters will close out the regular season with two home games next week against 5-10 North Country Union High Tuesday (6:30 p.m.) and 13-4 Mount Mansfield Union Friday.
CVU found baskets a rare happening Monday in a 48-36 loss to Spaulding High in Barre.
Lanky Lucas Aube paced the Redhawks with nine points as Spaulding, led by guard Troy Evans with 17 points and center Marcus Thornton with 14 rebounds to go with nine points, gained revenge for the 53-39 loss CVU handed it two-and-a-half weeks ago in Hinesburg.
The Redhawks may have not completely recovered from Friday night’s home 67-51 bopping handed out by 15-2 Burlington High, which dazzled all onlookers with a spectacular bombardment of an even dozen three-point bombs, some from the Starksboro town limits.
CVU played well and hung around in the competitive sense but had no consistent response for the heavy artillery unleashed by the Seahorses.
Leading bombardier was sophomore Josh Hale, who hit for a game-high 33 points that included seven from beyond the three-point arc. Some were way beyond.
The Redhawks were down by seven points (31-24) and in contention when the third period opened. Hale then proceeded to drain four straight triple pointers and Burlington flared off to as much as a 15-point advantage from which CVU could not recover.
Veteran guard Bryan Vachereau had 10 points for BHS, while bulky sophomore center Asmin Mostaric hauled down 15 rebounds and scored eight points for the victors.
Aube bagged 14 points to lead CVU scorers. Ryan Schneiderman had 11 points and was the Redhawks’ top board worker with seven rebounds. Swift moving guard Richard Baccei also nailed 11 points and had at least two assists. Chris Reiss collected nine points
Seth Emerson’s junior varsity players hiked their record to 15-1 with a 58-24 trouncing of the BHS juniors.