Two-game homestand for hot CVU boys quintet

After wrapping up 2012 with a three-game win streak, coach Scott Bliss and his Champlain Valley Union High boys basketball team faced Mount Mansfield Union High Thursday night after the Observer’s press deadline in the first of two straight home contests.

After the defending Division 1 champion Cougars leave town, North Country Union High rolls into Bremner Gymnasium Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.

Losers in their first three confrontations, the Redhawks motored to Burlington High Dec. 18 and firmly corrected their course. That win was followed by home victories over Bellows Free Academy of St. Albans (56-49) and last Thursday, South Burlington High (61-45).

‘We are starting to get all of our players back,” Bliss stated in an e-mail to the Observer.

He mentioned three-year starting forward Brad Bissonette and leading inside reserve Wes Carroll.

“Brad is a pretty important guy and he has made a huge difference,” Bliss said, adding that Carroll turned in some good minutes off the bench in the South Burlington game.

In both of the last two triumphs, CVU had to strike late to put the wraps on things.

The 1-4 Rebels were hanging around until the Redhawks unloaded a 27-11 onslaught in the third period to establish who was boss. The Bissonette twins gave South Burlington a sizeable dose of a double doozie, with Brad knocking down 22 points and passing off for seven assists, while Scott burned the cords for 18 points.

Muscular pivot man Lucas Aube double-doubled with 10 points and 10 rebounds.

CVU trailed BFA 35-32 after three quarters before taking charge in the final stanza.

Aube had a big night with 15 points and 11 rebounds. Scott Bissonette had 10 points and Ryan Beaudry popped 10 points and hauled in seven rebounds.

“We have been playing better recently, but we still have a lot of room to improve,” Bliss summed up.

The junior varsity team rolled to a 51-11 triumph and moved to 4-0 for the season.

—Mal Boright, Observer