2018-02-08 / Sports

Blue Devil Boys Won Two Last Week

Bill Croney
The Northfield News

Photo by Bill Croney, The Northfield News

The Blue Devil’s Jacob Tassie (center, in white) cruises past three Thetford defenders on his way to the hoop during last Wednesday night’s game, at the Parks Gym. The Williamstown Boys avenged an earlier season defeat as they rolled over the Panthers 73-48. The ‘Devils record improved to 12-2 after last weeks games.Photo by Bill Croney, The Northfield News The Blue Devil’s Jacob Tassie (center, in white) cruises past three Thetford defenders on his way to the hoop during last Wednesday night’s game, at the Parks Gym. The Williamstown Boys avenged an earlier season defeat as they rolled over the Panthers 73-48. The ‘Devils record improved to 12-2 after last weeks games.The Williamstown Boys won two games last week and dropped one to set their record to 12-2 as they head into the last month of the season.
Last Monday they travelled to Lyndon and came out on the short end of a 58-34 score but things improved as the week progressed. On Wednesday they got Even for an earlier season loss when they knocked off the Panthers 73-48, at the Parks Gym. On Friday it was back on the road again but this time with a different result. The Blue Devils picked up a 52-40 win over the Lancers.
At Lamoille the ‘Devils built up an early lead and then held on for the win over the Div. II Lancers. “We jumped out to a 29-13 lead at half time.  We played a good solid first half on both ends of the court. 
“We were outscored the 2nd half 27-23 as Lamoille hit 4 3's in the 4th quarter.  We need to be better about protecting a lead. 
“We were led by Jacob Tassie with 21 points and 5 steals.  Nathan Poulin had 10 points and 12 boards.  Caleb Sweet had 7 points and played some solid defense.  Colby Gingras ended with 6 points.  
“We took some bad shots in the 4th quarter which turned into extra Lamoille possessions, But we got the win,” said ‘Devil’s coach Jack Carrier.
On Wednesday night the Blue Devils played a game they have been waiting for and they got even with the Thetford Panthers for an earlier season loss.
“This game gave us a chance for a rematch against the team who beat us earlier for our first loss of the season.  The players came out ready on both ends of the court. 
“Our only weakness was we let Thetford attack us baseline too many times right off. 
“We had 5 players get double digit scoring.  Nathan Poulin led us with 19 points and 15 rebounds.  Ryan O'Neill had a huge night with 16 points, 7 rebounds and some good solid defense.  Colby Gingras had 14 points and 4 assists.  Jacob Tassie had 11 points and 9 assists and Kail Johnson had 10 points.
“Caleb Sweet was called upon to stop one of their leading scorers and held him in check.  It was a good team effort by the entire team.  This was a much-needed showing for the Blue Devils after Monday's game, coach Carrier said.
 That Monday game, at Lamoille was one that the Blue Devils would rather forget- a 58-34 loss at the hands of the Lyndon Vikings. “Our Blue Devils came out flat for a very good Lyndon team. 
“Lyndon was able to throw a very solid 3-2 zone defense at us and our guys had a difficult time moving the ball. We also settled for some lower percentage shots. 
   “With a team like Lyndon that likes to possess the ball and get high quality shots, it is tough to play catch up.  They were patient against our defense and wore us down until they got a good open look at the basket. 
“Defensively we have some work to do.  We still have guys jumping and lunging on their close outs and Lyndon made them pay.  We will spend time getting back to the basics on defense,” coach Carrier said. From a look at the next two games of last week the blue Devils learned a valuable lesson.
The Williamstown Boys will Host Harwood on Saturday (senior day) in a 2:30 P.M. game. 

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