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With Vessey Displaying Shooting Prowess, Hun Boys’ Hoops Goes 2-1 at Peddie Tournament

SHARPSHOOTER: Hun School boys’ basketball participant Dan Vessey goes up for the shot in current motion. Last weekend, senior guard Vessey starred as Hun took fifth place at the Peddie School Invitational Tournament (PSIT). On Saturday, he scored 19 factors to assist the Raiders defeat Lawrenceville 72-59 in a comfort spherical contest. A day later, he once more scored 19 factors as Hun defeated Peddie 76-68 within the PSIT fifth place recreation. The Raiders, now 4-4, host Academy of New Church (Pa.) on December 16 after which play Hudson Catholic on December 18 within the Hoop Group Tournament at Elizabeth. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

After falling 64-58 to the Phelps School (Pa.) within the opening spherical of the Peddie School Invitational Tournament (PSIT) final Friday, Dan Vessey and his teammates on the Hun School boys’ basketball staff have been decided to bounce again once they confronted Lawrenceville within the comfort spherical.

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“It is important after a tough loss to come back and get a win, especially this early in the season,” mentioned Hun senior guard Vessey.

With Vessey tallying 19 factors, Hun pulled away to a 72-59 win over the Big Red final Saturday.

“Beating Lawrenceville is a good win, we love it,” mentioned Vessey.

“Lawrenceville is a good team, they always have been. Doug Davis (former Hun and Princeton University star) is their coach and that Lawrenceville team is much better than the Lawrenceville team we played two years ago. They have made a lot of steps in the right direction, we will play them again.”

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Befitting a rivalry matchup, the competition was tight and with Hun clinging to a 50-44 lead late within the second half, Vessey drained a protracted three-pointer to provide the Raiders some respiration room.

“That is always important, getting that big time shot when you are only up six or seven,” mentioned Vessey.

“That puts you nine, 10 points ahead and you are in the driver’s seat.”

On Sunday, Vessey hit some extra photographs, scoring 19 factors for a second straight day as Hun defeated Peddie 76-68 within the PSIT fifth place recreation.

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“It is early in the season so finding that stroke is important, getting it going from now on,” mentioned Vessey.

“In the first couple of games, I felt good against St. Benedict’s and Haverford. It is a zone so you have to make shots.”

Looking to play faculty basketball at the Division I stage, Vessey has been diversifying his recreation.

“I have really been working on my playmaking lately trying to make the right play, trying to make the right read,” mentioned Vessey.

“That has been important to me, especially getting ready for next year.”

Having put in lots of work throughout his Hun profession, Vessey is primed for an enormous closing 12 months with the Raiders.

“It has been a long but fun four years; it has been really interesting,” mentioned Vessey.

“As a sophomore, I really got a chance to come out and do my thing. Coach [Jon Stone] trusted me and the other sophomores. You can see how that group has grown up together. I think that is really cool.”

Over the years, Vessey has grown near his classmate and backcourt accomplice Jack Scott.

“Me and Jack spend a lot of time together, off the court and in school,” mentioned Vessey.

“I think that shows on the court; good chemistry is what it comes down to.”

Hun head coach Stone credit the mixture of Vessey and Scott with bringing lots to the desk for his squad.

“We are always looking for Dan to make shots and he always seems to make them,” mentioned Stone.

“Jack is so steady for us, he gives it to us all around with some offensive rebounds and his defense is always so good. He just does a lot of things that people don’t even notice and tends to fill a stat sheet as well. He is really valuable to us.”

In the win over Lawrenceville, one other senior, ahead Toby Thornburg, proved to be helpful, scoring 19 factors and dominating within the paint.

“We were able to make some shots against the zone and we were all able to get a lot of offensive rebounds,” mentioned Stone.

“Toby gave us some great energy in that department, I think it really made a difference.”

With Hun, now 4-4, internet hosting Academy of New Church (Pa.) on December 16 after which enjoying Hudson Catholic on December 18 within the Hoop Group Tournament at Elizabeth earlier than its vacation break, Stone is on the lookout for his squad to construct on its play within the PSIT.

“Our energy has been good all year; when you play in tournaments like this you have always got to bounce back,” mentioned Stone.

“I think we did a decent job of that, the guys came and played hard. The good news is that we are not playing our best basketball yet, which you never want to at this time of year. We are continuing to grow and improve. As we do that, we are going to make a lot of progress. We just want to take every game and try and win. It is always nice getting a couple of wins before the break.”

Vessey, for his half, believes the Raiders are headed in the precise path.

“We are trying to get some momentum going into winter break,” mentioned Vessey.

“If we come out of here at 6-4, I think that is a really good look for our team.”

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