by Ken Brown
MARSHFIELD – Mid-Vermont Christian (MVCS) used a big first half to hand the Twinfield-Cabot boys’ basketball team their first loss of the season last week.
Joel Roberts poured in a game-high 26 points to lead MVCS to a dominant 56-40 road win over the Trojans last Tuesday. Behind Roberts, the Eagles raced out to a 27-11 lead at the break and never looked back. The Trojans were without leading scorer Tej Stewart and starting big man Dominic Hale due to illness and the Eagles took advantage early. Twinfield-Cabot played MVCS even the last 16 minutes behind a team-high 12 points from Brayden Cushing, but the hole was too deep to dig out of.
“We’re dealing with the flu as a team right now and it sucks and it sets you back, but no excuses, we have to start ballgames better than that,” said head coach Chris Hudson. “They did a good job with their zone on us and pushed us around inside without Dom in the lineup. The guys did a good job of battling the last 16 minutes, but we lost that game in the first half,” added Hudson.
Sam Russell added nine points for the Trojans in the loss against an MVCS team that returns a lot of their roster from the team that won 15 games and made it to the Division IV quarterfinals last winter. Roberts and the Eagles have picked right up where they left off, including a dominant road win against Division III Williamstown in their season opener. Hudson admits his young team is talented, but it will be their ability to overcome adversity and desire to get tougher that will determine whether or not they get over the hump in 2023.
“We’ve got plenty of talent on this team, but plain and simple we lack toughness. Talent only gets you so far. These guys have to decide whether or not they are going to approach every game with the desire to go after every loose ball and create turnovers on defense. It is the little things that we need to learn to consistently win games and as a young team, I hope we eventually figure it out. This same group had all the talent to win it all this past fall on the soccer field, but in my opinion they weren’t tough enough to overcome adversity. I want to see them turn the corner on that this season and we’ll continue to work on it. Unfortunately the weather has given us a bigger break than we wanted, but we’ll get back to work over the holidays with some meaningful practices to iron some things out. We need to learn to start faster and play 32 minutes as a group and after the holidays we’ll get back after it,” said Hudson.
Twinfield-Cabot will head back south on December 27 for a divisional clash with West Rutland.