By Matt Bliss
Special to the Observer
The seventh and eighth grade boys Mini Metro basketball team—made up of Champlain Valley Union High School district players from Williston, Hinesburg, Charlotte and Shelburne—clinched the state championship on Feb. 10.
The 9-4 team won its first tournament game against Fair Haven 46-37 on Feb. 3.
On Feb.10, CVU faced tough U-32, but controlled the game from start to finish, bringing the team to a 40-28 win.
CVU took to the court again for the championship game against Essex—a team that had lost only one game during the regular season, to CVU. CVU played a tough man-to-man defense that held Essex to only 11 points in the first half, with CVU leading by 10 points at half time. Essex made a strong comeback in the fourth quarter, coming to within two points in the final minute. After a defensive stop and rebound by CVU, Essex committed a foul with four seconds left, which essentially ended the game with a score of 34-32.
CVU’s pressure defense in both games helped guide them to the victory. Walker Storey, a key contributor to the team during the regular season, was unable to play during the playoffs due to a broken finger.