Royals run away from Rebels on court

TOWNSHEND — The spectators at Monday evening's varsity boys basketball game had to be liking that Nicholas Howe didn't enter the halftime contest, which paid off the person who threw their rubber duck closest to center court.

The senior guard was on target all night.

Howe went off for 32 points, including a couple of trifectas, as South Royalton coasted to a 71-21 rout of Leland & Gray.

The Rebels easily broke the visitors' full-court press early on and were within 21-15 late in the second quarter. Adam Culver had a putback and a 3, Lucas Newton and Aaron Claussen each hit a jumper, and Jake Wilkins added a layup to keep the hosts close.

Leland & Gray wowed the crowd late in the first quarter. Culver started the play with a steal and got the ball to Wilkins, who dished to Nathan Claussen for a bunny.

But the Royals would finish the opening half on an 8-0 run to go up 29-15 and then the chuck-a-duck contest began, with fans tossing their rubber ducks from the stands.

South Royalton put the game away via a 20-0 surge to begin the second half. Howe made five free throws and three layups in that span, while Kaie Quigley played some aggressive defense for the hosts — shutting down Howe on a fast break and then taking the ball away from Jacob Hewitt.

"That's six turnovers in a row," screamed frustrated Leland & Gray coach Mack Neal during the third quarter. He also received a technical foul in the frame after arguing with an official about not getting a timeout he had asked for.

Culver continued to impress in the fourth quarter, grabbing three offensive boards on a single possession and also boxing out on the defensive end. Dakota Fillion contributed with three steals down the stretch.

Nathan Claussen (6 points) and Culver (5) were the leading scorers for the Townshend team. Nathan Claussen, Aaron Claussen, Wilkins and Culver all finished with one assist.

The 2-6 Rebels will play at Twin Valley on Jan. 17 at 7 p.m.

Notes: The fans were treated to Emma Urbaska's rendition of the national anthem before the contest and the Leland & Gray pep band's music throughout the evening.

Leland & Gray roster: Coaches — Mack Neal, Rob Lasch. Manager — Clayton Sanderson. Players — Nathan Claussen, Dakota Fillion, Lucas Newton, Aaron Claussen, Kaie Quigley, Jake Wilkins, Shane Whittaker, Caleb Thibault, Austin Morse, Adam Culver, Michael Fitzpatrick.


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