MANCHESTER >> In a tight game, it can take one or two big shots, momentum swings, to change a game.
That was the case on Wednesday night at E.H. Henry Gym, as the Burr and Burton Academy boys basketball team took the lead on Woodstock after a Dylan Little triple at the third quarter buzzer.
BBA seized the advantage, outscoring Woodstock by 11 in the final quarter to score a 68-55 win.
"We had to turn it up and play as hard as we could play," said BBA coach Dave Shehadi. "They were playing harder than us in the first half, but then we turned it on and found our way."
Heading into the fourth quarter with a slim lead, BBA scored on two possessions back-to-back, Griff Stalcup with a two and Little with another three, this one from the corner to make it 50-43 and forcing Woodstock coach Jeff Thomas to call a timeout with 6:42 left in the game.
"Those shots were big from Dylan," Shehadi said.
Stalcup led the way on offense for the Bulldogs, now 3-1, with 22 points and 16 rebounds.
"That's a manly effort," Shehadi said.
After a basket from sophomore Caleb Webb, BBA's Carter Vickers drove hard to the basket and got the and-one to lift the lead to eight.
Vickers also had an impressive night with 17 points and seven boards.
"Griff and [Carter] are the only ones with varsity experience," Shehadi said. "They have to play a lot of minutes and they did that."
Woodstock missed a pair of free throws down six with 3:30 to play, and started to ball-hawk, allowing BBA to get a pair of layups in transition, both by Cam Bunker (seven points) to make it 57-47. On the next possession, Curran MacDonald tried to shush the crowd after a long 3-pointer to give Woodstock hope.
But BBA made its final seven free throws over the last 65 seconds — pairs by Tyriq Williams, Stalcup and Vickers — to salt the game away.
"We made some free throws in the fourth quarter, we were very composed," Shehadi said. "The team rallied around [Griff and Carter]."
Woodstock seemed to stun BBA out of the gate as Dylan McDonough had three 3-pointers in the first quarter — en route to five on the night — and 14 at the half. He ended up with 24 to lead the Wasps.
Twin brother Hunter also had a decent night, scoring nine points and grabbing 10 boards. In fact, the second quarter was the McDonough show as the pair scored all 11 of Woodstock's points in the frame.
"It was a great effort by two young teams," Shehadi said. "We knew [Dylan] was coming, and he came out and hit three 3's on us. I don't think we were quite ready."
BBA hosts St. Johnsbury on Friday in a Division-I matchup.
"We have to get ready for them, they're very good," Shehadi said. "We're happy to be 3-1 right now, I'm proud of these guys."