ORLEANS-It was a long trip up from Brandon, Vermont for the 11th seeded Otter Valley Otters Saturday, and after a painful 29 point whupping by host Lake Region, it probably was a longer trip back.
The Lake Region backcourt had their way with the visiting Otters, forcing 26 turnovers with their relentless multi-headed group of guards to earn a to a trip to the Division Two Final Four at Barre Auditorium this coming Wednesday.
Add to the fact that the Otters had no answer for Drew Gallup inside, and it was a long afternoon for Otter Valley.
Otter Valley got 22 points out of Ryan Kelley, while sophomore John Winslow added 12. 11th seeded Otter Valley closes the books at 9-13 for the year. Third seeded Lake Region, now 20-2, were paced by Drew Gallup with 21 along with 12 boards and four blocked shots. Former NC Falcons Caleb Prue and Clint Provoncha combined for 35 for Lake Region, with Prue getting 21 and Clint 14.
Lake Region will face the number two seed, Burr and Burton, also 20-2 who dispatched Hartford 54-40 Saturday. Tip off is 8:15 Wednesday evening at the Barre Auditorium.
For the full story, see the Express on Monday 3-4-12.