By Roger Brown
It’s probably safe to say the four-minute overtime the Rice and Burlington boys basketball teams played at the University of Vermont on Friday night provided a lasting memory for Rice guard Jon Goldberg.
Goldberg collected 10 of his 21 points in OT to help Rice post a 48-39 victory in the Division I championship game and end Burlington’s 46-game winning streak.
Goldberg tied the game, 35-35, when he made a shot with 2.6 seconds left in regulation, and then scored eight of his 10 points in overtime from the free throw line. In addition to his 21 points, Goldberg contributed eight rebounds and six assists.
“I couldn’t do it without my team,” Goldberg told the Burlington Free Press. “Words can’t describe it right now. I’m just so happy.”
Second-seeded Rice completed its season with a 22-2 record. Both losses came against top-seeded Burlington.
Center Nick Meunier added 14 points and 11 rebounds for Rice.
Burlington, which received 14 points and nine rebounds from center Clancy Rugg, missed 14 of its 16 3-point attempts.
“Pretty much anytime you turned and looked to go into the paint they were sending one or two guys for a double-team, triple-team,” Rugg said. “It was really a smothering defense on the inside. I think that was really the difference. Our outside shots weren’t falling.”
DIVISION II: Grant White scored 13 of his game-high 33 points in the third quarter to lead fourth-seeded Springfield to a 59-31 triumph over second-seeded Vergennes in the Division II championship game.
Springfield (18-6) trailed by one point at halftime, but took control when White scored the first 10 points in the third quarter.
“I just wanted to come out aggressive, not really wait for the game to come to me too much,” White said. “Just wanted to come out, get some shots in. Hopefully get our team rolling.”
Vergennes center Connor Merrill tossed in 14 of his team-high 16 points in the first half. Cameron Curler added nine points for the Commodores (19-5).
DIVISION III: A 10-0 run in the fourth quarter propelled third-seeded Hazen to a 60-48 victory over BFA-Fairfax in the Division III championship game.
Hazen guard Tanner Benjamin scored nine of his 11 points in the fourth quarter. He collected eight points in Hazen’s 10-0 run, which began after BFA pulled within two points, 41-39.
“I thought Tanner Benjamin was the difference in that second half,” BFA coach Glen Button said. “He beat us off the dribble a lot, got deep penetration into the lane and it just hurt us.”
Billy Boyd scored 12 points and grabbed 13 rebounds for Hazen (20-3).
Josh Woodward led BFA (20-4) with 18 points and 12 rebounds. Seth Rebeor, BFA’s all-time leading scorer, finished with 12.
DIVISION IV: Proctor won its fourth consecutive championship by beating second-seeded Websterville, 47-38, in the Division IV title game.
Proctor’s Curtis Robinson led all scorers with 23 points. The top-seeded Phantoms (24-0) benefitted from a 32-9 edge in rebounds.
“It’s all about hard work and we worked very hard,” Robinson said.
Ian Ransom scored a team-high 15 for Websterville (21-3).
Proctor has won five state championships in the last six years.
Roger Brown covers Vermont and New Hampshire for MaxPreps. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.