CVU boys basketball labors in overtime for win (2/18/10)

BHS at CVU Friday for regular season finale

Feb. 18, 2010

By Mal Boright

Observer correspondent

A chance to move up in the post-season Division 1 pairings may be at hand for the Champlain Valley Union High boys basketball team Friday night (6:30 p.m.) when the highly regarded 18-1 Burlington High Seahorses stampede into Hinesburg.

Yes, there is hope for the Redhawks, who bowed to Burlington by a narrow 56-50 count earlier in the season at BHS. The Seahorses’ lone loss was to Essex High, and last week Mount Mansfield Union High (twice a victim of CVU) had BHS nipped until the once-beaten aggregation got a rebound put back in the final seconds to escape with a one-point home win.

But before going against the division’s current leader, the 15-4 Redhawks had to labor into overtime for the second time this season to put away 4-15 North Country Union, 58-44, Tuesday night in Newport.

Jake Donnelly, apparently loving overtime work, notched six points in the additional session and led all scorers with 19 points. Reliable Robert Russ chipped in with 14.

CVU blanked the Falcons 14-0 in overtime.

In their last home outing, the Redhawks zoomed past a 1-17 Colchester High squad, 62-43, opening a 24-9 first period advantage as Donnelly poured in 10 points and Will Hurd nine. Point guard Chris Beaton contributed three assists, two steals and a hoop to the fest.

Donnelly wound up with 27 points and nine rebounds as coach Scott Bliss cleared the bench early. Fourteen players got in on the action and eight scored while 12 grabbed at least one rebound.