This being the Wildcats’ 10th win of the season by 14-plus points, every member of the Wildcats got on the stat sheet. Twin Valley’s bench supplied 15 points, including a season-high eight from backup guard Justin Hicks. The bench players this season have shown a steady improvement for coach Chris Brown, and with the playoffs looming just ahead, Brown sees their contribution as invaluable. As forward Eli Park accrued two fouls early, Brown was able to turn to Skyler Boyd and DJ Lazelle for big defensive and rebounding contributions.
Twin Valley smothered the Eagles from the beginning, going up 24-3 after the first quarter. While Lozito scored 19 points, his assist line of 11 showed his unselfishness as well. Strong early defense led to rebounds, rebounds led to outlet passes to Lozito, and those passes seemed to feed consistently to the Nesbitt brothers. This sequence allowed for a quick lead and an insurmountable score of 48-18 at the half.
Twin Valley was also able to shut down Arlington big man DJ Jennings, coming off his surpassing the 1,000-point mark against Black River. Jennings was allowed just 13 points, while Austin Hawley led the Eagles with 18 points.
With the playoffs approaching, the ‘Cats have some big tests ahead. Saturday, they face West Rutland at home at 4:30 pm, followed by a rematch with Poultney, the only team to take them down this year, Tuesday at 7 pm.
“I told the boys that the goal is to win, but we want to also be playing well,” said Brown. “It’s OK if we drop another game and play well and that’s all I’m concerned about at this point, I want us to be clicking as we roll into the second season (the playoffs).”
Twin Valley is now 15-1 with four games left.