POULTNEY, Vt. – With the playoffs looming around the corner and both Green Mountain and Lyndon fighting for their playoff lives, this highly anticipated game proved to be a thriller down to the last possession as the Hornets eeked out a 62-59 victory over the Eagles in North Atlantic Conference play.
Trailing 13-4 midway through the first half, the Hornet's rallied behind Steven Gantt (Washington, D.C.) and Justin Winston (Washington, D.C.), who made a few driving layups to put Lyndon up 20-15 with six minutes left to play. Winston scored eight points while Gantt had seven in the first half.
The score remained tight in the second frame as neither team led by more than six the rest of the game and the lead changed hands three times. The teams traded buckets to open the half until the Eagles were able to put together a 7-0 run to take the lead 35-30. A Gantt trey at the 11:46 mark would bring the Hornets back and notch the score at 43-43.
Back-to-back buckets by Daquan Vaughn (Farmville, Va.) would put the visitors up by six with 5:50 left to play. With 0:50 remaining in the game, and Lyndon in the lead 62-59, the Eagles were poised for a last second shot. The Hornets defended the final play of the contest well as Green Mountain was unable to get a shot off in time.
Leading the Hornets to the victory was Devyn Baranauskas (Waterbury, Conn.) with 17 points and six rebounds. Gantt and Winston provided valuable minutes off the bench and both scored 12 points and added four boards.