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CVU looks to rebound against struggling North Country squad

Redhawk hoopsters dropped second straight to MMU

Feb. 10, 2011

By Mal Boright
Observer correspondent

After suffering a second straight loss Tuesday night to an improving Mount Mansfield Union High quintet, the 5-8 Champlain Valley Union boys basketball team will head to Newport in the Northeast Kingdom Friday in hopes of returning to the victory column against struggling 1-12 North Country.

The Redhawks will be back at Bremner Gymnasium Tuesday when Colchester comes to open a three-game homestand.

Mount Mansfield, led by 6-8 junior center Eric Suder and senior forward Ethan Brown, hiked its record to 8-5 with a 57-34 triumph over the 5-8 Redhawks. CVU nipped the Cougars at Jericho Center in the season opener.

CVU looked sharp in a nifty first quarter, moving out to a 12-8 lead on three inside hoops by center Eoin Karmes, a pair of deuces from Robert Russ and a moving shot in the key by Tucker Kohlasch. The Hawks hit a commendable 6 of 9 shots in the period.

But MMU coach Jeff Davis put his forces into a half court trapping 1-3-1 defense to start the second quarter, which disrupted the previously smooth-flowing CVU offense.

Ignited by seven Redhawk turnovers, the Cougars went on an 11-2 run to move in front 21-14, which became a 25-18 advantage by halftime. Suder, working under the basket, had nine points in the quarter and 15 by intermission. The lean and lanky big man finished with a game-high 21.

After Russ opened the third period with a driving layup to pull the Hawks to within five points, MMU rolled out a 20-5 blitz with Brown knocking down nine of his 18 points.

The Redhawks hit 43 percent from the floor but had just 35 shots and 20 turnovers. The Cougars shot 52 percent (25-for-46).

Russ, hitting 5 of 8 shots, led CVU with 10 points. Jake Donnelly had six points, five rebounds, four steals, and three assists.

Essex runs past CVU in second half

Last Friday’s 58-45 loss at Essex was a contest of runs in which the Hornets broke the game open in the third period with a 20-6 bash that put them in front 51-37 with a little more than five minutes left.

Essex forward Ben Ferris, a prime and tricky mover, led all scorers with 25 points (11 from the free throw line).

Russ had a solid performance for CVU with 15 points and 12 rebounds. Kohlasch hit 7 of 8 free throws for 10 points.

Mount Mansfield Union (57)

Brown, 7 3-3 18; Sharrow, 2 2-2 6; Sudar, 10 1-2 21; Wesson, 2 0-0 4; Springer, 0 0-0 0; Mckinstrie, 3 0-1 6; Pochop, 0 0-0 0; Nitchie, 1 0-0 2; Martin, 0 0-0 0; Milazzo, 0 0-0 0.

Totals: 25 6-8 57

CVU (34)

Donnelly, 2 2-3 6; Kohlasch, 1 0-0 2; Karmes, 3 0-0 6; Boland 1 0-0 2; Russ, 5 0-0 10; Lambert, 0 0-0 0; Pierson, 0 0-0 0; Spencer, 0 0-0 0; Gale, 1 0-0 2; Keen, 1 2-4 4; Whitbeck, 1 0-0 2; Burns, 0 0-0 0.

Totals: 15 4-7 34

MMU 10  15  23   9  – 57

CVU 12   6   10   6  – 34

Junior varsity: MMU (12-1) 45, MMU (9-4) 35

CVU (45)

Donnelly, 2 5-7 9; Kohlasch, 1 7-8 10; Karmes, 3 1-3 7; Boland, 1 0-0 2; Russ, 7 0-1 15; Spencer, 0 0-0 0; Burns, 0 0-1 0; Keen, 0 0-0 0; Lambert, 0 0-0 0; Pierson, 1 0-0 2.

Totals: 15 13-20 45

Essex (58)

Mitchell, 2 0-0 4; Walsh, 0 0-0 0; Salerno, 0 0-2 0; Barnes, 3 0-0 9; Ferris, 6 11-16 25; Rock, 0 0-0 0; Valley, 3 3-7 9; Carton, 4 2-4 11; Mulcahy, 0 0-0 0; Trick, 0 0-0 0.

Totals: 18 16-29 58

CVU 4  18  15   8  – 45

Essex 8  19  18  13  – 58

Junior Varsity CVU 47, Essex 40