In boys basketball: Chargers walk out of new gym with win
by Harris Kinsey
copyright the Chronicle 12-12-2012
CRAFTSBURY COMMON — Coming off a tough loss to UCA on Sunday, the Craftsbury boys basketball team was hoping to win their first game in their new gym. The Craftsbury boys did just that in their game against Richford Monday night. They played hard and finished the night on a high note with a 50-46 win. Sophomore Alex Vetere of Craftsbury led all scorers with 17 points, and Kyle Adams contributed 10.
Brady Hemond led Richford with 11 points but didn’t have much help, with no one else scoring in double figures.
Richford scored first to go up two to nothing, but Craftsbury answered to tie it up at two in the first quarter. The game went back and forth with play time and scoring shading toward the Craftsbury end. After one quarter of play the score stood Craftsbury 14, Richford 7.
Richford started playing better in the second quarter and began trading baskets and more with Craftsbury, and began to catch up. They tied the game at 26 with 3:18 to play in the first half, but the Chargers would pull ahead, and finish the quarter strong. At the end of the first half the score stood at Craftsbury 33, Richford 26.
The third quarter began with no team scoring until two minutes in. The teams traded missed baskets and turnovers until Bret McAllister of Richford hit a three pointer to pull Richford within four, but Frank Spiese answered with a put back off of an offensive rebound. Craftsbury 35, Richford 29.
After scoring six points in the first half, Alex Vetere would score six of the team’s eight points in the third.
Richford would hang tight though. They answered with scoring from four different players: three points each by Joe Lamoureux, Bret McAllister, and Jamie St. Pierre, to go with two points from Bret Hemond. With this well-balanced scoring Richford would outscore Craftsbury in the third 11-8 and, end the third quarter down by four. Craftsbury 41, Richford 37.
Richford began the fourth quarter with the ball. They scored to pull within two and Craftsbury couldn’t answer. Richford scored again to tie the game at 41 midway through the fourth.
Craftsbury broke the tie a minute and a half later with a field goal to go up 43-41, but Richford answered back to tie the game again.
A three-point play put Craftsbury up by three with one minute to go in the game, and that swung the momentum entirely into the Chargers’ favor. Alex Vetere hit a three-pointer and made key baskets down the stretch for Craftsbury. Richford would get three more points but it was not enough as Craftsbury would answer back and go up 50-46 with 19 seconds to play.
Final score: Craftsbury 50, Richford 46.
Craftsbury played tight defense throughout the game but particularly down the stretch where it counted most.
After the game coach Rick Thomas said, “These boys grew up a lot tonight. It’s a new transition for them, and they were able to go out and get a win. Everyone out there on the floor contributed. It was a true team effort.”
Richford’s Brady Hemond, their team’s top scorer, fouled out in the fourth quarter. The team struggled without him.
Rick Thomas was a busy man Monday night as he is coaching the boys team and the girls team.
Craftsbury’s next game is home again on Wednesday, December 12.