MARSHFIELD – Blue Mountain evened the season series with the Twinfield-Cabot boys’ basketball team last week, dropping the Trojans to 5-8 on the season.
Kris Fennimore scored 18 points and pulled down a game-high 12 boards to lead the Bucks to a 58-45 road win over the Trojans last Friday.
Twinfield-Cabot held the lead 9-8 after eight minutes of play, but it was all Kason Blood and the Bucks the next two quarters. Blood fueled a 37-21 run over the next 16 minutes with a game-high 22 points, including a three to make it 45-30 Bucks after three quarters.
Tej Stewart drilled a trio of threes on his way to a 20-point night for Twinfield-Cabot, but it wasn’t enough as Blue Mountain picked apart the Trojans’ half-court zone press for easy baskets.
Cam Roy added 8 points and Cedric Schafer chipped in with seven in the win, as they improved to 6-7 on the season.
The Bucks moved into the pivotal eighth spot in the current Division IV standings after impressive back-to-back wins over Oxbow and the Trojans. Eli Russell and Zepherin Hebert each connected from long range to combine for 13 points in the loss.
“We’re just now starting to get the guys minutes together and learning to play together with those rotations again after multiple injuries throughout the season. I’m still very excited to see if we can stay healthy and hit the switch that propels us forward. With seven games left, we still have time to figure it out and it’s important that we stay positive as a group. The reason the rear-view mirror is so small is because it’s in the past, and the past is behind you,” said head coach Kris Bador.
Bador’s Trojans currently sit in the eleventh spot in the divisional standings and need to leapfrog Long Trail, Poultney, and the Bucks to host a playoff game. If his squad can stay healthy down the stretch, they’ve shown they can play with nearly anyone, losing three games by one possession to Oxbow, Richford, and Vergennes. They also held a fourth quarter lead to defending Division III champ Winooski and dominated a fifth ranked Twin Valley (9-5) team to start the season. A healthy Stewart, who was a Vermont Dream Dozen selection a season ago, will go a long way. The sophomore guard was averaging over 20 points per game in the Trojans first seven contests before an injury forced him out of four straight games.
Twinfield-Cabot will get another shot at Oxbow on the road on Wednesday and will travel to crosstown rival Danville on Friday night.