MAU sweeps season series against BBA

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BENNINGTON — In a game that had many twists and turns, it was the Mount Anthony boys basketball team that was able to pull it out in the end, as they beat Burr and Burton 58-50 Friday at Kates Gym.

The first quarter was as evenly matched as you would expect from the two southern Vermont Rivals with BBA holding a slight 12-8 lead after one.

When MAU went out to a 10-0 run at the start of the second, Bulldogs guard Bryce Little took it into his own hands to get his team the lead again. The senior guard started raining shots in from three-point range. He would notch four 3's in that stretch of the quarter.

Not to be outdone, Patriots forward Gavin Johnson took the momentum back for MAU and notched 12 points in the frame. The Patriots held a five point lead at the half.

MAU would hold on for the rest of the way to top BBA.

Johnson, a freshman, had a big game for the Patriots, as he scored 22 points for MAU.

"He's played well for us all season," said Patriots coach Marcus Hass. "Today was a little coming out party for him. He had some extra motivation here today to show the community what he can do and the rest of the state what he can do. He's maturing and getting better every game. Being a freshman, it's impressive to see him really go to work in there."

Senior Matthew Steadman had a strong game as well with 20 points.

For most of the contest, the Bulldogs lived and died by Little's jump shot. When he was on, BBA was on, but when he wasn't the Bulldogs struggled to find consistency.

Little led the way for BBA with 21 points. All of his 21 points came off of seven made three-pointers.

The Bulldogs made an effort to mix up the offense in the second half when they entered the ball into center Will Frank more often. Frank compiled all of his 11 points in the second half.

BBA struggled a bit from the free-throw line with only three makes on seven attempts. For the most part, the Patriots took advantage of their opportunities at the charity stripe only missing two of their 12 attempts.

With the win, MAU sweeps the season series from BBA. When the two teams met in Manchester, the Patriots inched out a 50-47 win.

"Any time you can season sweep your rival, it always feels good," Hass said. "We were able to get out of there with a win and these guys just fought really hard today. Looking at seeding, there's a group of us there that are right in the seven through 10 spot and we know if we want any chance of playing at home, we had to win this one."

The Bulldogs are in action next against Fair Haven on the road Monday, while MAU plays Rutland on the road Tuesday.

Adam Aucoin can be reached at aaucoin@benningtonbanner.com and followed at @AAucoin_Banner on Twitter.


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