September 18, 2014

Redhawks regain some mojo with win over Essex High

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By Mal Boright

Observer correspondent

Their four-game losing string a thing of the past, coach Michael Osborne and his Champlain Valley Union High boys’ basketball team could look forward to Friday night’s home contest with 13-2 Burlington High with renewed optimism. CVU scrambled through rugby-like tense final seconds to down Essex High 57-54 Tuesday night at the Hornets’ home hardwood. At the same time, Burlington got bopped 53-42 by Mount Mansfield Union in Jericho Center. The Seahorses corralled the Redhawks 54-36 in late December at Burlington. Playing without two usual starters Tuesday, the Redhawks got solid clutch work from replacements along with a game-leading 20-point, eight rebound performance from center Lucas Aube. The win boosted CVU to 5-10, leaving the Hornets, who had trimmed the Hawks at Hinesburg early in the season, with a similar 5-10 record. It looked bad for CVU midway through the third quarter after Essex rolled up a 10-point (42-32) lead after taking the edge for the first time in the game (29-27) on guard Cody Greene’s halfcourt bomb at the intermission buzzer. The Redhawks got some zip from speedy sophomore guard Jed Morris (10 points) who stunned Essex with eight points in the closing minutes of the third period to bring CVU back. The Redhawks grabbed a 55-50 lead with a minute and 15 seconds left, but with both teams pressing, the play became frantic. Greene broke through for a layup and Essex quickly recovered the ball from an all-bodies-on-the-deck scrum at the Hornets’ end for a hoop by Eniz Camdzic, cutting the CVU lead to 55-54 with 28.6 seconds remaining. Ryan Schneiderman (five big rebounds in the fourth quarter) and Richard Baccei (four assists in the game) each hit one of two free throws, while CVU’s defenders kept getting the ball back with takeaways in the Essex rear court. Another huge presence in the contest for CVU was senior Matt Howell, who nailed a trio of vital treys, one biggie in the fourth quarter. He also hauled in six rebounds. Essex was led by sophomore Eli DiGrande with 16 points and eight rebounds while the pesky Greene finished with 11. CVU hit 22 of 42 shots for a blazing 52 percent from the floor. Essex was much cooler with 22 cord snappers in 62 attempts for 36 percent. “I am very happy for the kids,” said a hoarse Osborne after the game. “They have worked hard.” Coach Seth Emerson’s Little Hawks hiked their record to 14-1 with a 54-41 triumph in the preliminary.

Boys Basketball Box Score
Tuesday, Feb. 4

CVU (5-10)
Schneiderman, 1 1-2 3; Howell, 3 0-1 9; Aube, 8 3-6 20; Reiss, 3 1-3 7; Baccei, 1 2-4 4; Morris, 4 1-1 10; Lynn, 2 0-0 4.
Totals: 22 8-17 57

Essex High (5-10)
Camdzic, 3 2-2 9; DiGrande, 6 3-3 16; Yandow, 0 0-0 0; Kent, 1 0-0 3; Aiken, 4 0-0 8; Greene, 5 0-0 11; Snow, 1 0-0 3; Travers, 1 0-0 2; Boutin, 0 0-0 0; Wu, 1 0-0 2.
Totals: 22 5-5 54

CVU              14  13  15  15  – 57
Essex            11  18  17   8  – 54

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