BENNINGTON — Mount Anthony Union High School boys basketball coach Dan Sleeman has a car-themed philosophy for his Patriots.
"We look to get better one mile [an hour] every day and we're only looking at the next 200 feet, like headlights on a car," said Sleeman, who also, quite aptly, works as a driver education teacher at MAU.
The Patriots continue to succeed, improving to 4-0 after a 75-50 win over Monument Mountain on Tuesday night at Kates Gym.
Senior Jonas Parker led the way for MAU with 27 points — 25 in the first three quarters — while Matt Anderson had 15 points and seven rebounds.
Mount Anthony took an early lead with Parker scored 10 points in the first 8 minutes, and led 25-12 as Anderson drilled a three at the horn.
"All year, [Matt's] been doing that. He's been great on the [offensive] rebounding and it's just sheer desire," Sleeman said. "He gets a tip and then rips it down, he keeps possessions alive, he's flying around. He's a phenomenal offensive player, does a hell of a job on defense and now, all the hustle stuff."
In the second quarter, the Spartans seemed to rally defensively, allowing only two field goals in the frame. But they didn't have much success themselves from the field, only making four field goals, including one 3-pointer. For the game, Monument Mountain made six 3-pointers, but only two in the first half, as the teams went into the locker room with MAU up 36-21.
"We took a timeout [with] 3:42 [left], which was planned," Sleeman said. "We talk about controlling the threes, the last three [minutes] of the half, first [three minutes] of the second half, and we were frustrated because we didn't control that time. It was the first time, I think, that we were a little rattled."
Mount Anthony came out right away in the second half and this time Damon Burgess led the way. He was the third player in double figures with 10 points, eight of which came in the third quarter as Mount Anthony extended the lead to 25.
"It's pick your poison, the balanced scoring is outstanding," Sleeman said. "Teams can't focus on taking one person away. As long as they don't care who scores, we'll be great."
In the fourth, both teams put in reserves as Mount Anthony maintained its advantage.
Branden Perry led Monument Mountain with 10 points, while David Riegel and Conor Prince each added eight.
"I thought they had some escapes and some threes, but we guarded the arc pretty well," Sleeman said.
MAU is on the road for the next three games, starting on Saturday against Spaulding in the second half of the North-South Challenge.
"Our next 200 feet is practice tomorrow," said Sleeman, who won his 198th career game on Tuesday night. "I have to keep them hungry and motivated."