Colonels outrank boys hoop five in playoff game

By Mal Boright

Observer correspondent

A cold front hit the Champlain Valley Union High boys basketball quintet’s end of the court in Brattleboro’s southern climes (figuratively speaking) Saturday in the fourth quarter of their Division 1 quarterfinal contest, and the chill ended the Redhawks’Division 1 playoff pursuit.

The fifth seeded Colonels moved on the Tuesday’s semifinals against top-seeded Mount Mansfield Union at the University of Vermont’s Roy L. Patrick Gymnasium.

Coach Scott Bliss and his Hawks finished the campaign with a 12-10 mark, a decent season when it is recalled that at least nine members of last season’s team were lost to graduation.

A well-balanced 15-7 Brattleboro team prevailed 51-40 when CVU could not find the mark for a single hoop in the final eight minutes.

Guard Tucker Kohlasch paced CVU with 15 points. John Keen added 11 points and Brad Bissonette fired in 10. The Colonels had four players in double figures.

CVU gained the quarterfinal round with a 54-48 home win over Lyndon Institute last Wednesday. Joe Chevalier and Bissonette each knocked down 12 points to lead CVU, Bissonette tearing down seven rebounds and Chevalier six to go with four steals.

Saturday was the final appearance in CVU hoop flannels for seniors Kohlash, Keen, Andrew Whitbeck and Anders Gilstedt.