Lazelle and Nesbitt were only two of the four Wildcats to reach double digits. Nesbitt improved his three-point shooting, knocking down six of 14 from beyond the arc. Nesbitt added six rebounds and four assists to his stat line as well, while brother Cade Nesbitt, center Sam Molner, and forward Eli Park, all added to the team’s season high 46-rebound effort, which included 16 boards on offense. Nineteen of 24 shots made were also off assists, with point guard Colin Lozito recording a team-high eight assists.
Coach Chris Brown, whose team went 8-12 last year, is pleased with the progress his boys have made, but he’s also aware that the season is young and his boys have also shown room for improvement.
“What I like is we have guys from multiple positions on the floor that can score the ball,” said Brown. “Dal’s been our lead scorer throughout, but we’ve consistently had two or three guys in double figures, and it’s not always the same two guys every night. We’re sharing the ball well, trusting each other to make decisions.
“We need to do away with unnecessary turnovers, because some of ours have been unforced mistakes.”
The presence of Lazelle on the bench has thus far provided a spark. The Wildcats are a guard-oriented team, but with a true post presence on the bench, Brown has seen his tallest player play a key role in the team’s strategy. Twin Valley’s defense has proven to be a strong suit as well, their forwards playing tough defense to create fast breaks and better transition play, an area of the game that Brown says his team thrives in.
The Wildcats play Twinfield in the second round of the Green Mountain Tournament Friday night.