Friday’s win over Black River was almost the identical score to Twin Valley’s 61-49 win over the Presidents the week before. But the path the Wildcats took to the victory was up and down, according to Twin Valley coach Chris Brown.
“It was a tale of two halves, broken up into the whole game. We would make a good play, then make a bad play. We had these promising plays, and then we would do something dumb. We finally got it together at the end and we made just enough plays to sneak out the win.”
Junior point guard Dylan Howe led the Wildcats with 20 points, 10 of which came at the free-throw line. Seniors Logan Park and Hayden Reed each added seven points. The game was scheduled to be played at Black River in Ludlow, but instead was played at Green Mountain High School in Chester due to structural problems at the Black River gym. The Presidents have played all of their home games at Green Mountain.
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On Saturday, the Wildcats couldn’t overcome cold shooting and Proctor’s defense. The Wildcats only shot 26% from the floor, going 13-50 overall and only 4-20 from behind the three-point arc. They were five of nine from the charity stripe.
“Not to make excuses, but we were a little fatigued,” said Brown. “We played Black River the night before, then had to play at 2:30 the next afternoon. Plus, we had to work against Black River. Proctor just dominated us. We struggled to find the basket. A lot had to do with their intensity, but, for whatever reason, we were just not sharp.”
Reed led the Wildcats with 12 points. Howe, Logan Park, and Jack McHale each had five points. Park and Howe pulled down four rebounds apiece.
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Tuesday evening the Wildcats rode a strong third quarter to take the home win over Bellows Falls. The first half was a game of runs, with Bellows Falls taking a 11-2 lead in the first quarter before the Wildcats closed the score to 12-7 at the break. Twin Valley continued its run, taking a 15-12 lead early in the second quarter. The Terriers then ran out to a 26-15 lead midway through the period, but Twin Valley again cut into the lead, trailing 26-22 at halftime.
But the Wildcats erupted in the second half, outscoring the Terriers 39 to 12.
“We played the best half of basketball we played all season,” said Brown. “We made some strategic adjustments at halftime, and it just clicked and turned into pure domination.”
It was freshman guard Izaak Park who provided the spark for the Wildcats. His aggressive play on both ends sparked Twin Valley’s first half runs, and in the second half he scored 14 of his 16 points.
“I started him (Park) in the second half and we took off like gangbusters,” said Brown. “We had a 12-0 run to start the second half. All of them were awesome. They were energized. All five guys have a hand in it. We had some of the best passing we’ve had all year, the transition game was working, and we tightened up on defense.”
Twin Valley is back in action on Monday. They travel to Townshend to take on Leland & Gray. Tipoff is 7 pm. On Tuesday they play at West Rutland. Game time is 6:30 pm. On Friday, February 23, they host Green Mountain at 7 pm.
“Tuesday showed that if we play well we have a shot,” said Brown. “If we play like we did in the second half, we have a chance to win all those games.”