Green Mountain open tourney at Thetford

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Ryan McSally with the ball is Green Mountain’s only senior. He and the Chieftains travel to Thetford. At the same time, Black River will be meeting Arlington with their defender, Jon Mason. Photo by Doug MacPhee.

CHESTER, Vt. – In recent seasons, the Green Mountain boys’ basketball team has battled tooth and nail down the stretch in hopes of obtaining a home seed for the first round of the play-offs. They have finished seventh through eleventh the past four seasons, but in each case they have failed to win that opening round game. This year, the team has fallen to a 12th seed spot and have a tougher opponent than usual in Thetford. Could the 12th spot possibly turn their luck?

One thing is certain. The Chieftains completed their regular season on an upnote, defeating neighboring Bellows Falls 44-40 on Ryan McSally’s senior night. They pulled out a close contest at the end against a foe they had fallen to just one week earlier.

“They are a pretty athletic team,” Green Mountain Coach Brian Rapanotti said, “with a scorer we have to worry about attacking us in a lot of different ways. He shoots the three, will hit the lane and if you let him, will take it all the way to the hoop and finish.

The game was scheduled for March 6. This year extra games were scheduled for Tuesday, instead of Wednesday, because of an impending storm.

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