Matthew Duncan soared over Thunderbird defenders to hit this sweet finger roll. Duncan finished with 12 points on the night. Photos by David Dudley
copyright the Chronicle January 21, 2015
by David Dudley
NEWPORT — The North Country Union High School Falcons defeated the Missisquoi Valley Union High School Thunderbirds 65-53 Friday. Led by senior guard Keenan Warner, who scored the game high of 15 points, the Falcons jumped on the Thunderbirds early on and never let up.
Falcons coach Ed Duncan was pleased with his team, who defeated the Thunderbirds by five points in their previous meeting.
NEWPORT — It was a bittersweet homecoming for Kendrick Gray, who returned to the North Country gymnasium for the first time this season on Friday night. Gray, a former North Country Falcon freshman, now plays for the Rice Green Knights (12-3) as a potent sophomore forward.
“Coming in as an opponent was pretty nerve-wracking,” Gray said after Rice’s 74-39 win. “I just wanted to do my best and everything kind of came out. I wasn’t expecting to have as good a game as I did.”
Gray exhibited the kind of skills that made him a fearsome opponent for any team. His 17-point performance, tops among both teams, including shooting 4 for 9 from the free throw line, a three-point basket, and five other baskets including a crowd-inciting dunk in the first quarter. The fact that his heroics inspired cheers from both halves of the crowd was not lost on the amiable sophomore.
“I knew I couldn’t hide forever and I’d have to come back sometime,” Gray said smiling. “I love my Newport peeps. I love this place.”