CHESTER- On the shoulders of another near triple-double by junior point guard Dylan Howe, the Twin Valley Middle High School boys’ varsity basketball team on Thursday notched its first win of the season with a 55-32 drubbing of the Springfield Cosmos. The game was the consolation round of the Green Mountain Union High School Tipoff Tournament.
The Wildcats moved to 1-3 on the season, heading into the New Year on a high note.
“It was a great way to start the holiday break,” coach Chris Brown said. “We’re now starting to see the fruits of our labors. Hopefully we can carry some of this momentum into next month.”
Twin Valley heads to Arlington on January 3 for its next game, and the team will need to continue its stifling defense. The Wildcats held Springfield to just 10 second-half points in the win.
“The kids played hard and were feisty all game,” Brown said. “Each game this season we’ve improved different aspects of our play, and against Springfield we finally put it all together. That should give them confidence moving forward.”
It’ll help also to know Howe is running the point. Against the Cosmos, Howe put up a team-high 15 points, and added 10 assists and eight rebounds. He also added six steals and four blocks.
Senior Logan Park also put up a double-double, with a team-leading 14 boards and 10 points.
“Howe is playing with great efficiency, passing well, and knocking down shots,” Brown said. “Logan was his typical self. Most of those boards are created off his sheer work and energy.”
That energy was pervasive, as the Wildcats kept up their pressure defense throughout the game, amassing 15 steals and turning them into easy points. Their transition game enabled them to shoot better than 40% from the floor, a season high.
“We played at a great pace, and it was exciting that we were making shots,” Brown said. “The previous three games we shot around 30%, so the increased offense was a pleasant sight.”
So too was the quick improvement of some of the younger players, including freshman Izaak Park who lit up the stat sheet for eight points, three rebounds, and four assists.
“The guys are really starting to fire on all cylinders,” Brown said, adding that the team also got great contributions from senior Cooper Pell and sophomores Jack McHale and Dylan Dupuis. “We’re growing into our roles, and I’m hopeful we can carry that mojo into Arlington next week.”