MAU races past Slaters
BENNINGTON >> An offensive explosion was the term to describe the Mount Anthony Union High School boys basketball team's win over Fair Haven on Wednesday night.
The Patriots outscored the Slaters 67-37 in the final three quarters of the contest, to cruise to a 83-50 victory.
Things didn't start off great for MAU, though.
Fair Haven started off the game on a 7-0 run, putting the Patriots into a deep hole to start off the game.
Knowing that his team needed him to get them back in the game, Jonas Parker got the Patriots going again, scoring nine points in the first quarter to help MAU grab a 19-16 lead going into the second quarter.
"I knew that we needed get something going to get back in the game," Parker said. "I knew if I can got some points it would help the team getting rolling a bit and when our team gets rolling, we're tough to stop."
The Patriots' offense was tough to stop in the second quarter, especially Jonas himself, who scored 10 points in the period to give him 19 points by the end of the first half.
With Jonas dominating in the paint, his teammates started heating up from the outside, with Matthew Anderson and Ryan O'Neil hitting two clutch three-pointers to help give the Patriots a 34-26 lead at halftime.
"At the end of the second quarter our offense really started to get going," said MAU coach Dan Sleeman. "A lot of guys started scoring baskets there for us and led the way to our offense being way more sufficient in the second half."
In the second half, the Patriots' offensive explosion made it's biggest impact.
Leading 38-28 early on in the third quarter, the Patriots went on a 10-3 run in a two minute span to get out to a 13 point lead.
Right from that point the Patriots put their foot on the gas petal and accelerated out to a 59-44 lead by the end of the third quarter.
The key again to the Patriots' 25 point quarter was Mr. Parker himself. The senior scored 11 points in the quarter, while dishing out two blocks as well on defense.
Parker though wasn't down and in the fourth quarter sent all fans in attendance for MAU's Senior Day home with a smile, nailing a jumper from the right corner to get a career-high 35 points on the night.
"It felt good to get that number tonight," Parker said. "I knew I was going to do something big because it was senior night and I also wanted to put on a show for the fans, so I was happy that I was able to do that."
The MAU offense continued its explosion in the final quarter of the game, outscoring Fair Haven 21-6 in the fourth quarter, making it a 33 point victory for them in their 16th win of the season.
Overall, MAU outscored Fair Haven 39-14 in the second half.
Senior Tyler Champagne had 15 points in the win for the Patriots, scoring 11 of those points in the second half.
"This was a special night, being senior night, so it was a key to get the win tonight," Champagne said. "We have all made a lot of memories playing here and tonight we created another for us in this huge win."
Junior Matthew Anderson was the last player in double figures on the night for MAU, scoring 11 points in the win.
The Patriots had 10 different players score at least a point for them in the game.
"This was great team win for us," Sleeman said. "Everybody contributed to this win and this game really shows that were a very deep and talented team."
With the win MAU is now 16-3 on the season.
The Patriots will play their final game of the regular season this Friday when they go on the road to play Brattleboro at 7 p.m.
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