On Saturday I photographed the Vermont State Division I Boys Basketball Championship between the Mount Mansfield Cougars and the Rice Green Knights at Patrick Gymnasium in Burlington, Vermont for the Burlington Free Press. The last two times these teams played each other in the regular season, the games were decided by only a few points...
MMU, played well in the playoffs, knocking off the two of the best teams St. Johnsbury and #1 Burr and Burton to reach the final game. Rice also played well to reach the final game for the second year in a row. (2013 Championship photos)
This game was anything but close right from the start. After the tip off Rice threw up an alley-oop for the fist basket of the game. You don't see a dunk very often here in Vermont high school basketball, let alone an alley-oop. Rice played a flawless game and beat the Mount Mansfield Cougars 66-35 to win their second straight championship.
Rice Green knight's James Wells takes a jump shot.
Mount Mansfield's Nick Bergeron has words with Rice's
James Wells after making a three pointer.
Mount Mansfield's Kyle Adams leaps past Rice's
Connor Stankevich for a lay up.
Rice's Ben Shungu leaps for a lay up.
Rice's James Wells dunks the ball.
Rice's Kendrick Gray leaps between Mount Mansfield's
Kyle Adams and Tinga Adiang for a lay up.
Mount Mansfield's Kyle Adams tries to block a shot by
Rice's Connor Stankevich.
Rice's Tommy Fitzgerald leaps for a lay up.
You can view and purchase all of the photos from the championship game HERE.