Twin Valley boys’ varsity sets hoops record, wins eighth in a row
by Jack Deming
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Twin Valley’s Justin Hicks, left, drives toward a pick set by teammate Sklyar Boyd, 30, during Monday’s game at Leland & Gray.
Twin Valley’s Justin Hicks, left, drives toward a pick set by teammate Sklyar Boyd, 30, during Monday’s game at Leland & Gray.
TOWNSHEND- The Twin Valley Wildcats varsity boys have once again set a record. While this reads like a line from their soccer season, the 12 boys on the Wildcats basketball team improved to 8-0 on the year, setting the record for most wins in a row to begin a season with a 76-56 win over Leland & Gray. Eight wins equals the number of games won by this nearly identical team last year, and when one does the math, the boys’ varsity sports teams of Twin Valley are 26-0 to begin the 2013-2014 school year. Twin Valley has learned the definition of a high standard and now they seem to be holding themselves to it.

“We’ve just been able to keep up the intensity,” said Dal Nesbitt, who knocked down a game-high 25 points for the ‘Cats. “We’re going to try to keep winning, I mean why not go undefeated. If we play our game and play our best we can win any day of the week.”

Monday night the Wildcats had no problem playing their best and no problem winning as they steamrolled the Rebels 41-18 in the first half.

Twin Valley jumped out to a 23-8 lead in the first quarter as Sam Molner and Nesbitt brothers Cade and Dal knocked down three-pointers. The Wildcats overwhelmed the Rebels right off the bat, forcing turnovers on defense through press defense, and by creating scoring opportunities, through fluid offensive opportunities.

“The way they played, (Monday night) it wasn’t just the fact that they were winning and dominating, it was that they were doing it the way they should be as a team,” said Twin Valley coach Chris Brown.

Eight players on Twin Valley’s roster would score on the night, led by Nesbitt’s 25 and Colin Lozito, who scored 18 points and recorded his second straight double-double.

The Rebels were able to jump out to a 10-2 run to open the second half, but three three-pointers helped the ‘Cats secure a firm grip on the match. Cory Nystrom kept the Rebels competitive, continuing to knock down three-pointers throughout the second half while Leland & Gray’s inside presence was once again shut down by Molner, Eli Park, and DJ Lazelle. Molner and Lazelle combined for 18 rebounds, and Lozito led the team with 10 assists. Nystrom knocked down seven three-pointers on the night for a team-high 21 points. Twin Valley’s bench players rotated in and out, providing depth when needed, as well as a good closing effort defensively.

Brown was more then pleased with the effort from all 12 of his players. “There was a maximum effort from everyone 99% of the time,” said Brown. “There were not many plays in that game where you can single out a player and ask ‘Are you playing hard as you can?’ But the goal for their soccer season was not just to win, the goal was to win and be perfect, and they carried that over. They want to make every play perfect, and will every play be perfect? No, but if you’re aiming for perfection you’ll come pretty darn close.”

The Wildcats will need to play perfectly tonight as they host Otter Valley Union at home at 7pm. Twin Valley will face a string of increasingly tough opponents as the season wears on including league rivals like Arlington and division foes like Rivendell. Dal Nesbitt said that with the solid depth of this year’s team, the chances of winning have increased dramatically. “We’re playing really good as a team,” said Nesbitt. “We have great team chemistry, we’re shooting well most of the time, and in the past we haven’t really had any depth off the bench. This year it’s really nice to be able to come off the floor and trust your team to hold on to the game.”
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