The Champlain Valley Union (CVU) district 7th and 8th grade mini metro basketball A team posted 9 wins and 4 losses during the regular season before entering the championship tournament that began on Feb. 3. CVU won their first tournament game 46-37 against Fair Haven.
On Feb. 10, CVU faced U-32, a team that CVU lost two close battles to during the regular season. The playoff game against U-32 proved different with CVU controlling the game from start to finish. All 10 eligible players scored demonstrating the depth of the CVU’s team en route to a 40 to 28 win.
After a one hour break, the CVU team took to the court again for the championship game against Essex, a team that had lost only one game to CVU, during the regular season. CVU played a tough man-to-man defense that held Essex to only 11 points in the first half while CVU led by 10 points. Essex made a strong comeback in the 4th quarter coming to within 2 points in the final minute. After a defensive stop and rebound by CVU, Essex committed a foul with four seconds left which essentially ended the game with a score of 34-32.
In the end, it was CVU’s pressure defense in both games that helped guide them to the victory. Walker Storey, a key contributor to the team during the 2013 regular season, was unable to play during the playoffs due to a broken finger. The 2013 Champions included talented players from across the CVU school district – Josh Bliss and Matt Spear of Williston, Marc Hoeppner and Harry Mead of Hinesburg, Colin Monsey, George Davis, and Briggs Boardman of Charlotte, and Alex Bond, Tommy Carey, Walker Storey and Elliot Cockayne of Shelburne. The team is coached by Tim Cockayne and Bill Storey from Shelburne and Matt Bliss from Williston.