LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP
BENNINGTON -- After falling to Becker College on Tuesday, the Southern Vermont College men’s basketball team rebounded with an emphatic 86-58 victory over Newbury College on Thursday night at the Mountaineer Athletic Center.
SVC was led by forward DeShawn Hamlet, who posted 15 points and five rebounds. Dolapo Olugbile was right behind Hamlet, posting 14 points while hauling down eight rebounds in the win.
Newbury was led by Eric Watson, who scored a game-high 26 points in the losing effort.
SVC jumped out to an early 12-2 lead in the first half, but the Nighthawks responded with seven straight themselves to cut the deficit to three. SVC would come right back, though, and go on an 8-0 run to take a 20-9 lead.
With the score at 30-23 late in the first, SVC scored the next 15 points to close out the half with a comfortable 45-24 lead.
In the second, Newbury would get no closer than 14 points.
Rayshawn Taylor added 12 points for SVC, while Izzy Melton and Brandon Casella each added 10 off the bench. Blair Manners led the team with 10 rebounds.
SVC moves to 8-4 with the win, and 2-1 in New England Collegiate Conference play. The team returns to action on Saturday at Lesley College.
Bulldogs win 3OT thriller
RUTLAND -- Playing in its third game in as many days, the Burr and Burton Academy boys basketball team battled back from a 20-point deficit to top MSJ 99-95 in triple overtime at MSJ on Thursday night.
Joey Shehadi led the way for the Bulldogs, posting a game-high 37 points in the win. Shehadi nailed eight three-pointers in the contest.
Tyeshawn Gadson was right behind Shehadi with 35 points, while Taylor Muench posted 23 of his own in the win.
"I don’t even know how to describe it," said BBA coach Dave Shehadi. "It was back-and-forth shot making. We just played one of the greatest high school games ever."
Kyle Cassarino led MSJ with 32 points.
BBA moves to 6-0 with the win, and will look to keep its perfect season going on Saturday as the team travels to Hartford for a 7 p.m. contest.
SVC women fall
BROOKLINE, Mass. -- The Southern Vermont College women’s basketball team fell to Newbury College 66-50 on Thursday night at Newbury.
SVC guard Amber Flagg led the team with 16 points, while Sarah McDonald posted a double-double with 14 points and 12 rebounds.
Newbury was led by Katie Haney, who posted a game and career-high of 25 points.
Newbury led 32-22 going into the break.
SVC turned the ball over 27 times in the contest, with Newbury taking advantage by scoring 26 points off of turnovers.
SVC falls to 3-9, 1-4 in the New England Collegiate Conference, and returns to action on Saturday at home against Wheelock College at 1 p.m.