In boys basketball: Chargers get key win over Cabot

CA boys team

This is the 2012-13 Craftsbury Academy Chargers boys basketball team. In the back row, left to tight, are: Coach Rick Thomas, Kyle Adams, Noah Sweet, Frank Spiese, Colby Masse, Alex Vetere, Logan Masse, and Assistant Coach Anthony Boyce. In the
front row, left to right, are: Joshua Paquette, Mael Le Scouezec, Jeremiah Lasher, Austin Masi, and Brandon Locke. Missing from the picture is Raymond LaMare. Photo by Val Adams

by Harris Kinsey

copyright the Chronicle 2-20-2013

CRAFTSBURY COMMON — Coming off a blowout loss, the Craftsbury boys varsity team hoped to get a win over Cabot.  They fought hard for four quarters and came out on top 46-38.  Kyle Adams led all scorers with 25 points, and got help from his teammates as they shared the basketball quite well.  Seth Herrick-Trombley led Cabot with 11 points, but didn’t have much help, as Cabot had a tough time getting the ball in the basket.

The first quarter started in Cabot’s favor as they scored first on a layup by Zachary Ducharme.  Craftsbury would fall behind by six before Adams got an offensive rebound and scored on a put back at the 4:22 mark.  The quarter was a hard fought quarter.  When the quarter came to a close, Craftsbury had the lead at 13-10.

The second quarter got under way with Cabot having possession of the basketball.  That would be short lived when Austin Masi stole the ball and scored on a layup only 28 seconds into the quarter.  Craftsbury 15, Cabot 10.  Cabot answered right back when Camden Celley connected on a jumper.  Just like in the first quarter, Craftsbury showed a lot of defensive intensity, and held Cabot to six points in the quarter. Craftsbury would only score ten points in the quarter but had the lead, 23-16 heading to halftime.

At the start of the third quarter Cabot hoped to play better than they did in the first half.  They would score first one minute into the quarter, with Lars Hammer connecting on a jumper to cut the lead to six 23-18.  Craftsbury would finally answer back on a layup by Adams.  In the quarter Craftsbury matched the defensive intensity that they displayed in the first half, but continued to struggle a little bit on offense, and especially at the free throw line.  Adams scored eight points in the third for Craftsbury, who scored ten points as a team.  Cabot matched them with ten points of their own, but the quarter ended with Craftsbury holding an eight-point lead, 33-26.

When the fourth quarter got under way it was clear that this was going to be a close game. Craftsbury started the scoring just a minute and a half into the quarter on a free throw by Mael Le Scouezec.  Cabot would score their first points of the fourth at the 5:14 mark on a layup by Tiger Bastress.  Craftsbury’s intensity on defense seemed to pick up in the fourth and they played great defense in the quarter.  Cabot would score 12 points in the quarter, while Craftsbury scored 13.  The game ended with Craftsbury winning 46-38.

After the game, Coach Rick Thomas said, “We had 26 turnovers, and went five of 18 at the foul line, and we still got the win.  What won the game for us was our defensive intensity.  We played good defense, and rebounded the ball well.  Our defense and rebounding won it for us.”

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