by Ken Brown
PLAINFIELD – The Twinfield-Cabot boys’ basketball team evened their record at 2-2 over the holiday break by dominating West Rutland, but postponements due to COVID protocols have kept them off the court so far in 2022.
Lucas Roberts and Kerrick Medose scored 20 points apiece to lead the Trojans to a decisive 79-22 win over West Rutland at home on December 28. Meles Gouge chipped in with 15 to help Twinfield-Cabot build an insurmountable 39-9 lead at the break. Garrett Owens led the Golden Horde with 15 as they fell to 0-6 on the season. The Trojans played their second straight game without big man Mason Cushing, who is rehabbing an ankle injury.
“Our press was very effective, and we did a nice job of getting out in transition, but it is a tough game to judge where you’re at as a team. They are a rebuilding program, so it gave us an opportunity for everyone to get some valuable minutes, work on our defensive sets, move the ball, and build some confidence. It was great to get the win and, honestly, the guys were just happy to get out and play a game instead of practicing against each other. In my 28 years of coaching, this has probably been the most frustrating and challenging year so far, because we haven’t been able to string any games together to play, yet that allows me to assess this team or build any momentum. The only silver lining to our time off is that, hopefully, it will allow Mason to be back on the court with us when we get back into live action,” said head coach Chris Hudson.
Hudson’s squad was scheduled to play Richford on January 6, but the game was postponed due to multiple positive COVID tests at Twinfield-Cabot among students and staff. They were scheduled to face Oxbow this past Tuesday, but it is unlikely that they would clear COVID protocols in time to play that game. Hudson hopes to get his team back on the court by Thursday against Craftsbury Academy, giving them more than a two-week layoff between games.
“We were luckier than most teams last year to get through the abbreviated season unscathed for the most part, but this area has been hit hard this winter and we’re feeling the full brunt of COVID right now. We take pride as a program for going above and beyond following the protocols and masking up at all times, but you can’t control what you can’t control. We just want everyone to come back safe and healthy, continue to be vigilant, and hopefully we can get a full season in, but it will be a busy schedule down the stretch for a lot of teams. I’m frustrated and the kids are beyond frustrated, but we’ve figured as much of our identity as we can through practice and when we get on the court again we are going to use our athleticism and get out and run,” said Hudson.
The Trojans are scheduled to travel to Craftsbury Academy on Thursday and will host Oxbow next Tuesday.