January 9, 2009 - Premier Basketball League (PBL) - Vermont Frost Heaves
BARRE, Vt. - It was a historic night in Barre, Vermont Friday night as the Vermont Frost Heaves dispatched of the Montreal Sasquatch in their home opener 133-111.
Vermont led 64-53 at halftime and began the third quarter on a 14-5 run, sparked by Benson Callier. The 6\'6" shooting guard drained 40 points on 19-23 shooting from the floor setting the Frost Heaves single-game scoring record previously held by Issa Konare. Callier scored six points early in the third quarter as Vermont built its largest lead of the game, 80-62 with 7:02 remaining in the third.
The Sasquatch countered with a run of their own, culminating in Randy Gill\'s halfcourt, 4-point shot at the close of the third quarter to bring Montreal to within three, 92-89.
Vermont responded in the final stanza as hoops by Joe Nixon, Joe Williams and Callier extended the lead to 104-93. The Heaves lethal combination of their outside shooting and ability to get to the basket proved too much for the Sasquatch as Joe Nixon nailed three 3-pointers in the fourth quarter and Greg Stevenson and Richard Millsap worked the inside.
Callier led all scorers with 40 points while Nixon contributed 16, and Thomas Sanders and Greg Plummer each added 14. Randy Gill led Montreal with 28 points on 7-15 shooting with Jamaal Wise and John Ruffus chipped in 20.
The Frost Heave bench contributed 48 points in the win, compared to the Sasquatch\'s 22. Vermont moves to 1-0 and will travel to Manchester to take on the Millrats Sunday at 2:30. Montreal falls to 1-2.