The Montpelier boys basketball team will get its third opportunity of the season to beat rival U-32, this time on the storied hardwood of Barre Auditorium. The third-seeded Solons will play the second-seeded Raiders at 8:15 p.m. Wednesday in what should be an epic state Division II semifinal.
Montpelier, now 19-3, advanced by defeating No. 6 Middlebury, 72-59, in Saturday’s quarterfinal round. U-32 (20-2) ousted No. 7 Missisquoi, 63-49.
U-32 narrowly won both regular-season contests against MHS. The Raiders beat the Solons 54-50 in Montpelier in December, and U-32 prevailed again on Feb. 13 at home, downing the Solons 55-52.
The winner of Wednesday’s semifinal will face either top-seeded Fair Haven (21-1) or No. 4 North Country, which play Monday night, in the Division II championship game at 3:45 pm Saturday at the Aud. Tickets cost $5 for students and seniors and $8 for adults and are available here.
Here are the complete VPA boys basketball brackets.