Enosburg Spoils Chargers’ Season Opener

photo by Vanessa Fournier
Craftsbury junior Dylan Washer (No. 32) dribbles the ball around Danny Antillion of Enosburg during play in the World War II gymnasium December 13. Enosburg won 62-30.

by Ken Brown

CRAFTSBURY – Division II power Enosburg flexed its muscles last week against the Craftsbury Academy (CA) boys’ basketball team, in what was both teams’ season opener.

Danny Antillion scored a game-high 23 points to lead Enosburg to a 62-30 road win over the Chargers last Tuesday. Dylan Washer’s 16 points to keep CA within 14 at the half, but the Hornets used a big third quarter to put the game out of reach.

“We actually played well in the first half and the guys showed a lot of grit, hustling after loose balls and rebounds. We struggled with our transition defense in the first half, but were still in the game. Unfortunately, we came out flat after halftime and they didn’t,” said head coach Sean Ryan.

Devyn Gleason also had a strong game for Enosburg with 16 points and Silas Kane chipped in with five. The Hornets won 11 games in division III last season and will navigate a higher division this winter with a tougher schedule. Senior Dalton Gravel and sophomore sophomore Evan Lemar chipped in with six points apiece for the Chargers in the loss. CA embarks on a second season in the rugged Mountain League that includes Division I and III powers and Division IV perennial contenders. Thursday’s match-up with Christ Covenant was postponed due to the weather.

“Overall I was happy with the effort, but we had some guys out with illnesses and injuries and we just ran out of gas. It really impacted our ability to rest players against a team like that,” said Ryan.

The Chargers traveled to Sharon Academy on Monday and was scheduled to host Trinity Baptist on Tuesday.

photo by Vanessa Fournier
Craftsbury Charger Evan LaMare (left) heads toward the basket past Quincy Decker of the Enosburg Hornets in Craftsbury December 13. The Hornets topped the Chargers 62-30.