Formidable foes to visit hot CVU boys hoop five

By Mal Boright

Observer correspondent

As the winter grows colder, coach Scott Bliss’ Champlain Valley Union High boys’ basketball team are heating up.

With 10-1 Rice Memorial High coming to CVU’s Bremner Gymnasium Thursday evening (7 p.m.), the Redhawks hold a four-game winning streak and have captured eight victories in their last 10 starts. In the meantime, Rice rolled on Monday, rapping North Country Union, 75-38.

The second of a two-game home stand will bring a big 8-5 Spaulding High Crimson Tide outfit to the Hawks’ nest on Monday. This past Monday night, Spaulding topped Burlington, 60-47.

CVU was also busy Monday, cranking up a 69-51 thumbs-upper at South Burlington High, its second win over the 1-12 Rebels.

The Redhawks zoomed out to a hefty 21-10 advantage in the initial eight minutes and ruled the remainder of the night. Veteran forward Brad Bissonette paced the CVU scorers with 17 points, while point guard Austin Busch, hampered by fouls in recent games, broke out with 12 points.

After last Thursday’s home 46-35 triumph over 4-7 Burlington High, Bliss had high praise for the CVU defense that held the Seahorses to 12 hoops in 39 flings at the basket.

“This was our best defensive game,” the coach said.

It was a grinder of a contest until the Redhawks snapped a 20-20 third period tie with a 12-3 run in the closing minutes of the period, fueled by reserves Big Ryan Beaudry (four points, three rebounds) and Zach Evans (five points, two steals), plus Scott Bissonette’s two buckets and steady floor work by brother Brad.

Brad Bissonette added eight points and three rebounds in the final reel to keep the Seahorses under water, so to speak.

With center Lucas Aube sitting out, the Bissonettes paired up for 14 vital rebounds, Brad grabbing eight. Brad Bissonette also led scorers with 12 points, while Scott had seven.

Forward Joe Chevalier hit double figures with 12 points. The senior authored a flurry of three hoops in the first quarter, including a trey to get CVU going after BHS broke to a 9-2 edge in the opening minutes.

Freshman guard Josh Hale led Burlington with 12 points, which included two of the Horses’ six triple pointers.

In the preliminary, coach Seth Emerson’s junior varsity team improved to 10-2 with a 38-33 win over the BHS juniors.


Boys basketball box scores (Jan. 24)

Burlington High (35)

Vachereau, 3 1-2 9; Montgomery, 0 0-0 0; Konjuhovac, 2 0-0 4; Hale, 4 2-2 12; Boera, 3 0-0 8; Wright, 0 1-2 1; Heimert, 0 0-0 0; Agorrea, 0 0-0 0; Parent, 0 1-2 1

Totals: 12 5-8 35


CVU (46)

B. Bissonette, 5 1-2 12; Chevalier, 5 0-1 11; Carroll, 0 1-2 1; S. Bissonette, 3 1-2 7; Busch, 1 0-0 2; Beaudry, 2 2-2 6; Evans, 2 0-0 5; O’Connell, 0 0-0 0; Lynn, 1 0-0 2; Myers, 0 0-0 0

Totals: 19 5-9 46


BHS 9 5 9 12 – 35

CVU 9 6 17 14- 46