By Mal Boright
An early shooting dry spell proved costly for the Vermont boys All-Stars Saturday as they fell 91-75 to the New Hampshire in the annual Twin State games for graduated seniors played at Keene State College’s Spaulding Gymnasium.
A big and mobile New Hampshire outfit rolled up an early 23-6 lead on swishless Vermont. Even though the Green Mountain guys got some offense going in the second half, they could not get closer than within nine points of the winners, who notched 18 of 26 three-point tries and fired at an overall 46 percent clip for the game.
On the Vermont squad was Luke Aube of Champlain Valley Union, who helped lead a second half Vermont comeback. He scored seven points and hauled in two rebounds in 12 foul-hampered minutes.
One of Aube’s teammates was Tommy Fitzgerald of Williston and Rice Memorial High, who started at point guard and nailed Vermont’s first of four three-pointers when it appeared New Hampshire was going to fly out of reach early.
Fitzgerald finished with seven points, tied for team high with 11 rebounds and led the helpers with five assists.
Both Aube and Fitzgerald agreed after the game that the early misses were costly. Vermont was just one of 13 from the floor and trailing 20-3 before Fitzgerald canned the triple.
“This was fun,” said Fitzgerald who will suit up in a couple of weeks for the Vermont team in the annual Shrine football game.
Jason Manwaring, from smallish Williamstown High, was named the Vermont team’s most valuable player Saturday with 23 points (9-15 shooting) and 11 rebounds in 28 minutes.