copyright the Chronicle February 5, 2014
by Richard Creaser
In the battle of the freshmen, Craftsbury Charger Austin Masi (foreground) outpaces Websterville Warrior Wyatt Morrison during Monday’s varsity match in Craftsbury. In the background Chargers Issac Spaulding and Jon DeLaBruere (back right) hustle to support the attack.
CRAFTSBURY COMMON — The Craftsbury Academy Chargers boys basketball team (12-2) returned to form with a 56-33 win over the visiting Websterville Baptist Christian School Warriors (1-14) Monday night. The boys had suffered a 68-35 loss to Rochester on Saturday.
The team struggled at times to find its rhythm, but that was due to trying new lines, Craftsbury Coach Derek Cipriano explained after the game.
“Overall, I think we did a good job of working the play and moving the ball,” the coach said. “I was trying to get everyone into the game and that affected us offensively. But I also have to give credit to Websterville for making us earn it tonight.”
Charger Issac Spaulding singled out Warrior Hayden McIntyre for his strong play under the net. McIntyre was a highly visible presence under the basket, using his superior height and reach to break up plays and block shots.
“We don’t have that kind of size so we knew we couldn’t take him on head-on,” Spaulding said after the game. “But we learned if we boxed him out and went around him we could usually find an opening and take the shot.”