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Page 12--JOURNAL OPINION--January 22, 2014 Boys Basketball Game of the Week Girls Basketball RIVENDELL 57 THETFORD 44 Game of the Week ORFORD--Rivendell continued their OXBOW 40 LYNDON 38 dominant early season with an easy win LYNDON--Oxbow survived a late againstrivalThetford at home on Jan. 15. scare and hung on for a tough road win Rivendell was in controlthe entire game on Friday night in Lyndon. It was a although Thetford did make a pretty back-and-forth game and the hosts good run at them in the fourth quarter to came on strong at the end, but the make things interesting, visiting Olympians had the answer as The Raptors wasted little timetaking they used a couple clutch fourth quarter control oftlais game as they came out on performances to ice the win. fire. Nate Eastman led the way as he hit Oxbow jumped out to an early lead a couple of treys en route to an 8-point as they were able to handle Lyndon s quarter. Thetfordmad eagood late run to press. They cut through it and scored a reel Rivendell back in a little but the fewhoopsearlyandmadetheVikings Raptors were clearly in control of this rethink their defensive strategy. game from the outset. The Olympians did the same thing Using quick ball movement they they've been doing all year as they were able to keep the Panthers on the mixed outside shooting with a dominat- defensive throughout the first quarter, ing low-post game. Teams have had fits Rivendell had a 14-11 lead after the first trying to stop Oxbow this year and the eightminutesandthatseemedcloserthan opening quarter was no different as it actually was. Oxbow worked their way to a 17-12 The Raptors continued to do what first quarter lead. they had done in the first frame and they The second frame saw things were able to add to their lead. change dramaticallyastheOlympians Meanwhile Thetford had a coUple of suddenly couldn tbuy abasket. Some good runs that kept them in the game. was dueto adifferent look onthe Viking Panther Jordan Eastman scored six defense but Oxbow also missed some. points in the first quarter for the visitors relatively easy shots. and he added a couple more in the Luckilytheirdefensetoughenedup second to help out, but Rivendell saw to keep them in the game as Lyndon Scott Calhoun come offthe bench to put slowly chipped away at their lead, a quick 6 on the board to lead the eventually takingit away. Oxbow was Raptors to a 27-20 halftime lead. limited to just 2 points in the stanza as It had been a pretty aggressive first their hosts snuck away with a 20-19 half of basketball with both teams halfiimelead. push'.mgtheball up the floor andit looked The third quarter was a defensive promlsmgthatthesecondhalfwas going battle as both teams tightened up. No to be equally exciting, one could get a good look at the hoop. Thetford managed to keep them- It was an interesting quarter as the two selves inthe game duringthe firsthalfby teams used good ball control to move going on nice little runs but the third the ball up the court only to find an quarter saw Rivendell take complete impenetrable defense waitingthere. control of things, once again led by Nate There were very few turnovers and Eastman. With Thetford trying to gain very few shots as both squads tried to some ground, Eastman took over, take their time and make quality shots. scoring 12 points and butscoring the Oxbow was able to fashion out a lead Panthers by himself, and they worked to protect it. It helped Eastman hit another pair of 3- that they had an advantage on the pointers for a total of four in the game. boards and that their guards were able Cole Stever hit atrey and scored 5 points to handle sporadic Lyndon presses. to help the Raptor cause as they put 21 The score was 26-25 in favor of points on the board to take an Oxbow. overwhelming 48-29 lead heading into With the crowd abuzz at the 9uality the final eight minutes. Thefford's Jordan basketball game they were watching the Eastman was a gamer and he popped in two teams took the floor for the final 5 points for Thetford but the Panthers eightminutesknowingitwasanybody's struggled to score, game. Oxbow was able to extend their The fourth quarter could have been lead as they. began to pound the ball bench time but Thetford had other ideas, down low to Mikayta Hodge. The Brandon Gray had been pretty quiet in senior forward was able to convert four thisoneupuntilthisjuncturebuthewas times in the quarter for 8 points and onamissioninthefinaleightminutes. He Oxbow kept the lead. was all over the court on both sides of the Lauren Tomlinson was called upon ball and he scored 8 points in the frame to make three huge foul shots in the before fouling out with a couple of waning moments ofthegame. With the minutes left. visitors leading 40-35, and just four AtonepointthePantherspulledtwo seconds left in the game, Lyndon within 10pointsbutRivendellmaintained popped a trey to pull to within two but their balanced attack and kept Thetford Oxbowwas able to hang on for the win. at bay down the stretch. Poor foul Hodge and Tomlinson led Oxbow shooting(3ofl4)didn'thelptheRaptors- with 13 points each. Dahlia Klarich buttheywereabletoovercomethatwith added 5 and Cassie Hutchinson field goals and by making three foul shots chipped in with 4. inthefmalminutes. Oxbow moved to 10-1 with the Nate Eastman led all scorers with 22 win. The Olympians are on the road this points, including four treys. Stever and week visiting Montpelier on Jan. 23 Josh Marshall each had 11 points and before retuming to the Upper Valley to Calhoun added his 6. Jordan Eastman take on Thetford Academy in Vaughan led Thetford with 15 points with Gray Gym on Jan. 25 at 5:30. That game is added 11. Matt Perry scored 6 in the part of six consecutive games between losing effort. TA and Oxbow boys and girls middle Rivendell remains undefeated at 6-0 school and high school basketball with the win. The boys are on the road teams. this week with games at Sharon and Twin Valley. To buy reprints, visit The Panthers fell to 1-7 after the loss to the Raptors. They host Oxbow on www.jonews.com Saturday at 7 p.m. and click on the link! Primitive biathlon returns to Notch )xbow's Matthew Thomson (#23) drives past Lyndon Institute defender Mason Lantz (#30) during the game on Jan. 18 in Bradford. Oxbow fell 60 to 48. Lantz scored his 1,000 career point in the game. JO PHOTO BY TOM NEUBELT Rivendell's Nate Eastman (#25) drives past Brandon Gray (#15) of Thetford Academy last week. Eastman had a game-high 2~, points as the Raptors won to stay unbeaten. JO PHOTO BY LANCE MILLS THETFORD HILL--On Jan. 25, Oxbow High School and Thetford Academy will play six consecutive basketball games at the Vaughan Gym at Thetford Academy. Following the games at all levels between these perennial rivals, there will be a bonfire. The games begin at 10:30 a.m. with the middle school girls teams from both schools facing off. At 11:30 a.m., the middle school boys teams play. At 2 p.m., the junior varsity high school girls teams compete and at 3:30 p.m., the junior varsity boys teams play. The varsity girls squads play at 5:30 p.m. followed by the varsity boys at 7 p.m. Served throughout the day from noon to 7 p.m., there will be macaroni and cheese and a ham and bean dinner, complete with side dishes. The JEFFERSONVILLE,VT--On Jan. 25 and 26, the 19th Annual Smugglers Notch child's portion for age seven and under is $3. The price for ages eight PrimitiveBiathlonwillbeheldatthe SterlingRidgelnn.Atwo-milecoursewillinclude through adult is $6 and meals for a family of four will cost $20. All the four target stages and atotal of nine shots. The event will be held in any type of proceeds will benefit the athletic programs at Thetford Academy. weather. In the event of insufficient snow, regular woods boots should be worn. The evening ends with a bonfire in the lot across Academy Road, which More than 200 competitors enter this tmusual event each year, where instead of is sponsored by the Thetford Academy Alumni Association. This would be using Olympic-style target rifles and cross-country skis, muzzleloaders and a way to get rid of clean Christmas trees. They can be dropped off at the snowshoes are the equipment used for the race. Period dress is encouraged and site any time before the bonfire. TUNE IN FRIDAYS AT 8 AM TO LISTEN TO ALEX OF THE JO & GENE PUFFER GO OVER THE WEEK'S JOURNAL OPINION! spectators are welcome to attend. There are severallasses of events including overall winner and a new class this year for those over age 70 who are scored only on their shooting. For further information, call (802)933-4880 on weekends and evenings and (802)644-8232 on weekdays. Cadillac OPEN 24 HOURS A DAY AT MONTPELIER - 802-223-6337 Rivendell's Cole Stever (left) takes on the Thetford Academy defense during the teams' game on Jan. 15. Stever hit for 11 points as the Raptors won 57-44. JO PHOTO BY LANCE MILLS Rivendell's Shamus Peyton (#55) stuffs Thetford Academy's Matthew Perry (#14) during last week's game. Perry had 6 points but the Raptors were all over the Panthers, winning 57-44. 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