Slow start dooms Patriots

BENNINGTON — The Mount Anthony boys basketball team was held off the board for eight minutes between the first and second quarters on Monday night, creating a hole too large for the Patriots to climb out of in a 58-38 loss to Taconic at Kates Gym.

"We haven't had a full lineup any game this season yet," said MAU coach Marcus Hass, talking about two of his seniors, Jack Bushee and Matt Glanovsky, who are out with injuries. "We're dealing with that and guys just have to step up, it has to be next man up mentality and tonight we just didn't do that very well."

After Matt Steadman tied the game at 5-5 with 4:30 left in the first quarter, Taconic scored the next 14 unanswered, led by a pair of threes on back-to-back possessions from Christian Womble and two baskets by Isaac Percy to take a 15-5 lead. Two more baskets, one by Javier Osorio and another by Mohammed Sanogo gave Taconic a 19-5 lead.

Finally, with 4:30 to go before the half, Abe Amidon hit his first triple to end the scoreless streak at exactly eight minutes.

The 6-foot-7 Sanogo dominated in the second quarter with six points and made life tough on the defensive end for the smaller Patriots.

MAU picked it up in the third to try and make it a game.

After Womble's basket to give the Braves a 39-18 lead, a pair of free throws from Steadman and then a steal and layup from the senior cut the lead to 39-22. But Taconic had an answer, with Percy scoring six of his game-high 21 in the third quarter as the Braves took a 18-point advantage to the fourth.

"We've been in this position before, we have to find our way out of the hole," Hass said. "We struggled to find anything on offense or defense."

Amidon led the Patriots with 14 points, while Steadman added nine — seven in the third quarter.

"Abe knows he has to step up, teams are going to start face guarding him," Hass said. "He has to be doing the little things that I know he's capable of doing."

Taconic won its sixth straight game after starting the season 1-4. Mount Anthony drops to 6-2 with losses to Burlington and now Taconic.

"We can't dwell on a play or a game, we have to move on to the next one," Hass said. "We'll take what we can from it and then forget about it."


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