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The Rutland Rec. Cobras win first place in the Glodzik Tournament

WEST RUTLAND-The Rutland Rec. Cobras reigned supreme as they defeated the Proctor Phantoms in West Rutland's annual version of March Madness known as the Glodzik Tournament. In this grueling six-day competition 23 teams fought for the chance to advance to the next round and participate in the coveted championship game. The organizers of the Glodzik Tournament pulled out all the stops and did NBA type team introductions and a darkened gym for a light show, making it a special memory that the teams will remember for a very long time.

The Cobras and Phantoms have faced each other twice before. During the regular season the Cobras defeated the Phantoms but during the Rutland Rec. sixth grade tournament Proctor guard Jack Morgan sunk a 3-point shot at the buzzard to win the game and even the season score. Both teams seem to be evenly matched in talent and determination and the Glodzik game was no different.

The first quarter saw both teams pushing the ball quickly up the floor and a lot of physical play underneath. By the end Proctor was leading 10-6. Rutland Rec. came out and scored quickly to tie the game up at 10-10 but four quick fast break points by Proctor's Derek Almond put Proctor in the lead once again. The Cobras shut down the Phantoms for the rest of the second quarter and right before halftime the Cobras converted one of two foul shots to come within 1-point, going into the locker room 14-13 Proctor.

At the beginning of the second half the Cobras came out strong scoring the first four points and taking the lead. Proctor's Jack Morgan answered back with a 3-pointer to tie the score but the Cobras hit the offensive boards and were back on top 21-17 with two minutes left in the quarter. Proctor could not get any or their perimeter shots to fall and also couldn't get their inside game going due to the strong Cobra defense. By the end of the quarter the Cobras had extended their lead to 28-21.

The Cobra defense continued to play strong in the fourth quarter causing timely Proctor turnovers and never allowing Proctor a clean shot at the basket. The Cobras also owned the boards on both the defensive and offensive ends, many times getting 2-3 attempts to score in a possession.

All in all the Cobras played a very impressive game and came away with a 36-26 victory. Congratulations to both the Cobras and Phantoms for making it all the way through to the championship.

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