Redhawk rally falls short vs. Rebels2/5/09

Cougars, Seahorses next for CVU boys hoopsters

Feb. 5, 2009

By Mal Boright

Observer correspondent

Following a two-game offensive slump, the Champlain Valley Union High boys basketball team bagged 59 points Monday night at South Burlington High, but it was not quite enough to prevent a second straight defeat.


    Observer photo by Karen Pike
Jack Jesset of Champlain Valley Union High goes in for a layup against South Burlington High on Monday night.

The 9-7 Redhawks hope to end the losing streak Thursday at Mount Mansfield Union High in Jericho Center, when they enter the Cougars’ lair for a 7 p.m. exchange of baskets. CVU nipped the Cats 57-53 on Jan. 23 at Hinesburg.

On Monday night, the undefeated (going into this week) Burlington High Seahorses will blow into CVU’s Bremner Gymnasium.

After shooting just 26 percent from the field in a 64-36 home loss to 13-2 Rice Memorial High last Thursday night, the Redhawks pumped up the point popping to 41 percent against the 14-3 Rebels. But home-standing South Burlington replied by canning 22 of 43 shots for just over 50 percent. The Rebs never trailed after taking a 13-12 lead at the end of the first quarter.

There were several defensive problems for CVU, as South Burlington put four starters in double figures and the fifth — 6-foot-6 center Josh Varney — had nine points. Explosive guard Denroy Nedd was the most troubling.

Nedd (18 points, 7 rebounds) kept getting to the hoop with hard and high bounds through the lane. His nine tallies in the third quarter kept a rallying CVU from pulling even or grabbing the lead after it charged from a 29-22 halftime deficit to within three points, 31-28.

The Redhawks fell behind by nine, 51-42, early in the final reel and appeared to have expired, but new life came into their feathers thanks to a shot from the key by Jack Jesset (4 points, 5 rebounds, 3 blocks) and a downtown triple from John Donnelly (23 points, 8 rebounds).

That pulled CVU to within 51-47 and a suddenly wary Rebel team took a time out.

With another Nedd driving layup kicking it off, the two teams swapped points until the Hawks’ Ryan Poirier, seemingly from the University Mall on the other end of Dorset Street, nailed a distant three-pointer from just over half court to get CVU within 59-57 with just over 25 seconds remaining.

Free throws then helped the Rebels close out the contest.

Poirier wound up with 13 points and three steals while Robert Russ chipped in 10 for CVU.

Individual rebounding favored South Burlington, 30-21, with Eric Dubuque and Varney joining Nedd with seven apiece.

The CVU junior varsity hiked its season mark to 13-3 with a 41-28 triumph over the Little Rebels. It was a return to the victory column after Rice’s jayvees popped the Young Hawks 54-33 on a night when most CVU shots were clanging off the rims. The defeat ended a 10-game winning streak.

CVU (59)

Jesset 2 0-0 4, Ja. Donnelly 4 1-1 9, Jo. Donnelly 7 7-10 23, Poirier 5 0-0 13, Russ 5 0-0 10, Beaton 0 0-0 0, Duke 0 0-0 0, Nigh 0 0-0 0, Gale 0 0-0 0. Totals 23 8-11 59.

South Burlington (64)

Dubuque 4 3-4 14, Mallory 2 5-7 10, Varney 4 1-2 9, Kaczor 5 2-4 13, Nedd 7 4-5 18, Chu 0 0-0 0, Cassidy 0 0-0 0, Corbiere 0 0-0 0. Totals 22 15-22 64.

CVU    12    10    17    20 – 59

SBHS    13    16    18    17 – 64