CRAFTSBURY – On Saturday, the Chargers pulled away from the Chelsea Red Devils late to secure a 54-39 victory.
Craftsbury Academy wasted little time jumping out on top, after winning the opening tip-off Andrew Marckres laid it in for 2, just 13 seconds into the game. Chelsea would claim their first lead of the contest when Brandon Poulin connected on a long 3 to gain a 6-5 edge. Aided by a 2-12 run, Craftsbury would find themselves trailing 18-7 at the end of 1 quarter of play.
Anthony Putvain hit a pair of long 3-pointers to cut the lead to 5 at the half at 23-18. Both teams struggled offensively, with each side committing costly turnovers.
Jason Martin started the 3rd quarter with a base-line leaner, before Putvain took over once again. He would dial up long distance 3 times in the quarter to give Craftsbury a 32-30 lead with 2 minutes to play. Kyle Adams would put them team up 36-33 at the end of 3 quarters of play with a nice lay-in from the low block.
The 4th quarter saw Chelsea self-destruct and Craftsbury remain composed. Putvain and Marckres would combine for a 6-2 run to extend the lead to 42-35 and Martin would knock down 2 free throws using an old technique of the “granny-shot” to push the lead to 11 at 48-37. Wyatt Kay and Coach Mike McCullough each picked up technicals for the Red Devils in the final minute of play, allowing Craftsbury to extend the lead to its final standing of 54-39.
Terry Kelleher was pleased with his team’s performance after the come from behind victory, “That was a big win for us. Chelsea is a strong team and this was an important win for us.” When asked about the performance of Anthony Putvain he said that, “He [Putvain] fueled us today and that was his biggest game of the year by far. He took control and brought us back.”
Brandon Poulin led the way for the Red Devils with 13 points and Tyler Barnaby also reached double-digits with 10.
Anthony Putvain had a game high 21 points, including 6 3’s for Craftsbury. Andrew Marckres had a double-double with 11 points and 16 rebounds and Kyle Adams chipped in with 12.
The win keeps the Chargers at the top of the Division 4 standings with a (10-1) record and they will look to improve on that mark when they travel to Canaan to face off against the Eagles tomorrow in the second-game of the girl-boy double header. Tip-off is set for 7:00.