Second-half surge dooms Patriots in loss to Rutland
BENNINGTON — For the first half of Mount Anthony's game against Rutland on Friday night at Kates Gym, the Patriots hung around against last year's Division I runner-up.
But the third quarter was a sloppy one for the Patriots, as Rutland outscored them by 10 and went on to a 65-41 win.
"We just threw the ball away too much," said Mount Anthony coach Marcus Hass. "Something we've tried to do all year [is to not have so many turnovers]. We've had success at times, but we didn't do a good job tonight."
Rutland went into halftime with a 25-19 lead and extended it with four 3-pointers in the period, a pair of them from Trey Davine. Gavin Johnson hit 1-of-2 from the line with 5:25 left in the third to cut the Rutland lead to 32-25.
But from there, Rutland scored the next 11 in a row, with junior Evan Pockette accounting for seven of the 11, to make it 43-25 before Johnson scored again to end a 4-minute scoring drought from the Patriots.
"We needed to settle the ball, I told them the shots would fall, but we needed to do it without turning the ball over," Hass said.
Johnson led all scorers with 17 points, including 10 in the third as Mount Anthony tried to stay with the Raiders.
Johnson was the only Patriot in doubles, followed by Austin Grogan with eight points. Johnson added 13 rebounds for the double-double.
In the fourth, Mount Anthony made a push with a three from Austin Grogan and a basket from Owen Maroney, but Rutland hit a bunch of free throws to hold off the Patriot charge.
In the final quarter, Rutland went 13-of-18 at the line. Overall, MAU was 11-of-20 from the line and senior Quintin McIntire fouled out with 2:51 left in the fourth.
"We made a push, which was good, but we didn't do well from the foul line and they made them when they needed to," Hass said.
Rutland had three players in double figures with Evan Pockette leading with 15, Eli Pockette with 11 and Noah Depoy with 11.
"Evan is a good player, he gets downhill well and shoots the ball well," Hass said. "They are a good team, well-coached, Coach Wood does a nice job with them."
Mount Anthony drops to 4-14 and has two games remaining, road tilts against Brattleboro and Burr and Burton. They have to win both to qualify for the Division I postseason. Rutland improves to 9-9 on the year.
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