Slow start dooms MAU against Seahorses

BENNINGTON — In the first quarter of Saturday's game against Burlington, the Mount Anthony boys basketball team seemed to have a lid on their basket.

Outside shots, not falling. Mid-range jumpers? Nope. Layups? All contested.

Mount Anthony was held to three points in the first quarter, a deficit too large to overcome in a 63-41 loss at Kates Gym.

"Sometimes you'll have a rough start where the ball won't fall, but I was happy with how we fought at the end," said Mount Anthony coach Marcus Hass.

Burlington took an 11-0 lead early, putting MAU in a hole before Gavin Johnson hit a layup with 3:09 left in the first quarter.

The Seahorses continued to extend the lead in the second quarter, leading by 27 at halftime.

Kevin Garrison led all scorers with 19, while Haji Haji added 11.

In the third, Mount Anthony came out with more energy and started finding the mark. Jack Bushee hit three 3-pointers in the frame and four other Patriots got onto the scoresheet as they outscored Burlington 18-11 in the quarter.

"We talked about effort and attitude at halftime, to come out in the third more quickly," Hass said.

But the gap was too much to overcome in the fourth.

Bushee was the top scorer for the Patriots with 15 points, while Matt Steadman added nine points, seven rebounds and five steals. Johnson chipped in with seven points and four boards.

"Jack clicked and got on fire a little bit there in the third," Hass said. "We're more versatile when we are shooting well."

Two starters missed part or all of the game, with Matt Glanovsky only playing the second half and Abe Amidon out.

"We're a little short staffed, but hopefully we'll be back up and running for Hoosick Falls," Hass said.

Despite the loss, MAU has started the season at 3-1 and hosts the Panthers on Wednesday.

"Our start has been good, we had some momentum, so we'll wipe this one off and get ready for the next one," Hass said.


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