Chargers Notch Second Win of Season
by Ken Brown
CRAFTSBURY – The Craftsbury Academy (CA) boys’ basketball team beat Trinity Baptist last week for their second win of the season as head coach Sean Ryan’s young team continues to improve and play better fundamental basketball.
The Chargers celebrated Senior Night with a bang last Monday by racing past Trinity Baptist at home 60-20. Junior Dylan Washer continued to power CA’s offense with a game-high 17 points. Senior Dalton Gravel had one of his best games of the season with 11 and Will Patnoe celebrated with his first four points of the year.
“It felt good to get another win under our belt on a night where we were honoring our hard-working seniors. We’re still a very young team and our seniors have been an important part of our growth through a challenging season. Trinity is probably a smaller program than we are, so it was a nice opportunity for us to try and execute some things we’ve been working on in practice and get everyone some valuable varsity experience on the court. We ran some set plays really well and boxed out better in this one and it was nice to get the win,” said Ryan.
Freshman Landon Miller continued his strong play in the second half of the season with 10 points. Washer has led the Chargers in scoring the past two seasons and is averaging north of 15 points per game this winter. The junior captain is still learning how to not put a young team on his back at times and Ryan commends him for continuing to try and get his teammates involved for the team to play their best basketball.
“It has been an up and down year and that is to be expected as we try to build a program. Dylan has been our only offense at times, but he is starting to see that we all play our best basketball and have the best chance to be successful when he makes others around him better. That is a very tough thing to do as a captain, but he has come a long way in learning that this season. The development of Landon this season is a good example and having those two be able to score next season will make us that much further along in our growth. I like the direction we are going and if we can keep working at cutting down our turnovers and rebound, we’ll have an opportunity to be successful. Stowe is fast, athletic, and likes to trap a lot to try and get some easy buckets off of turnovers. We’ve been working on that a lot the past week and hopefully we can go out and execute it,” said Ryan.
CA welcomed Stowe to the Common on Monday night and are scheduled to wrap up their regular season at BFA-Fairfax on Thursday. Pairings for the upcoming Division IV tournament are expected to be out next Monday.