Randolph, VT - Vermont Tech Men's Basketball came home from a tough Maine trip 2-0, defeating University of Maine- Augusta and Central Maine Community College.
Saturday night the Knights faced the Moose from Maine- Augusta. The Knights started slow in their first game and found themselves trailing 23-25 midway through the first half. Returners Jeremiah Shaw and Trekel Douglas got the Knights rolling reeling off 12 straight points between the two of them. Vermont Tech never looked back after gaining the lead. They went into halftime up 14. In the second half, VTC continued to pour it on and beat the moose 115-85, giving first year head coach Jamal Hughes his first collegiate win. Six different players scored in double figures for Knights. Trekel Douglas finished with a game high 26 points. Jeremiah Shaw filled the stat sheet with 16 points, 13 rebounds and dished out 6 assist. Isreal Brown led the Moose with 19 points.
On Sunday afternoon a different challenge awaited the Knights. The Mustangs came into Sunday undefeated, but after a hard fought battle Vermont Tech handed Central Maine their first lost. VTC defeated conference rival 76-72. The Mustangs started strong getting off to a 9-2 start, but Drake Perry would come up big for the Knights all game. "Everytime CM went on a run, Drake hit big shot after big shot to keep us afloat." Hughes said. The Knights recovered from the bad start to take an 8 point lead at half, but in the second half CM came storming back to regain the lead. The last 10 minutes of the game the two teams traded baskets. Experience came into play down the stretch for the Knights as Jeremiah Shaw hit on a big 3 followed with baskets by Perry, Richard Hibbert , and the biggest basket by Mario Mirchev to break the tie from 72. Shaw and Perry both finished with 19 points. Newcomer Richard Hibbert had a big impact averaging 14 points for the weekend.
"It's also a huge deal when you win 2 games in 2 days in Maine. I thought my guys handled themselves well in a tough environment today and I couldn't be more proud of them". Hughes went on to say.