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Mustangs win battle of defense

Sport: Basketball (Girls)  Posted: December 20th, 2008 by Tom Nolette

By Ron Hawkes Sports Reporter/VillageSoup.com

BELFAST (Dec 21): When two high school basketball coaches are happy with their team's defense one usually has witnessed an intense, well-played game — albeit without a lot of exciting offense.

At Belfast Area High School Saturday night, defense was mostly what those in the packed gymnasium witnessed as both the Mount View and Belfast girls squads struggled offensively, which ultimately produced a low-scoring game between the two Waldo County rivals.

In the end, Mount View (4-1) had a little too much for host Belfast (2-3) as the Mustangs took home a 33-21 win.

"We played good defense," said Mount View coach John Donato. "We just threw the ball away. We had so many opportunities to score. We played tight, maybe it was the pressure of the crowd, but I think we played tight on offense. But defensively, when you hold a team to six points in the first half and 20 for the game, we played good defense."

"You might call this a defensive battle," said Belfast coach Meg Cressler. "Defensively that's the best we have played for all four quarters in a game. We did what we needed to do on [Mount View's Dakota] McAdam and [Jessica] Smith for the most part, although the second-chance opportunities built up. I thought defensively we played great, it was offensively that we had the problems tonight."

Belfast held a 6-5 first-quarter lead, but the Mustangs shut the door in the second quarter to head into halftime leading 13-6. The Lions fought back in the third stanza to make it a 20-13 game after three quarters with the Mustangs holding the edge.

In the final quarter the Lions were forced to foul as time was running down and the Mustangs put the ball in the hands of Alexis Bennett, who netted 6-of-8 from the foul line in the final eight minutes.

Scoring for the Mustangs were Hayleigh Kein with 13 points; Alexis Bennett, 20; Smith, four; Chrissy Larrabee, three; McAdam, two; and Cassandra St. Clair, one.

For Belfast, Danielle Littlefield (6 points, 3 rebounds, assist), Brittany Dyer (6 points, 5 rebounds), Caroline Carr (5 points, 16 rebounds, assist), Morgan Mansfield (4 points, 2 rebounds), Ade Hills (3 rebounds, 3 assists) and Whitney Cross (2 rebounds) led the way.

While scoring was a problem for both teams, Belfast coach Cressler said she knows why the Lions struggled and is working on it.

"I'm not really concerned about it," said Cressler. "Our team is really unselfish and we tend to pass the ball too much. We just have to learn to recognize when we have open shots and good opportunities when we are within our range instead of giving the ball up all the time."

Mount View was 9-of-23 (39 percent) from the foul line, while Belfast was 3-of-9 (33 percent). The Mustangs received 3-pointers from Bennett and Kein.

In jayvee game, Mount View beat Belfast 21-18, while in the freshmen contest the Lions defeated the Mustangs 47-24.

Belfast @ Mt/ View

Sport: Basketball (boys)  Posted: December 20th, 2008 by Tom Nolette

Belfast scored 23 points in the fourth quarter, including 12 from Jack Davis, to overtake and hold on to a 54-48 victory Saturday afternoon. This local battle was quite chippy at times with three Mt. View players fouling out and twop others with three and Belfast had one with four and three others with three. This was definatly a hard fought first win for the Lions. Until a minute or so into the fourth quarter Belfast just couldn't overcome the Mustangs, trailing by only a ppoint more than one. Once they tied it up in the fourth, they never looked back. Belfast(1-4) was led by Jack Davis with 23 points and Jason Hughes with 10 (8 in the fourth). Mt. View (1-4) was led by Michael Cochrane with 16 and Dylan Keller with 10. Belfast 9 12 10 23 - 54 Mt. View 15 10 10 13 - 48 Belfast - Ja. Davis - 23, Hughes - 10, Ji. Davis - 9, Bernosky - 7, Martens - 3 & Vogel - 2 Mt. View - Cochrane - 16, Keller - 10, Babin - 8, Durand & Coleman - 6 & Rednour - 2bellion63 Posts: 29 Joined: Sat May 10, 2008 7:52 am Location: Belfast Private message

Gardiner Wins Featherweight Bout

Sport: Basketball (boys)  Posted: December 20th, 2008 by Tom Nolette

In the red corner, with the black tops with white trims, with a record of two wins and two losses, the Gardiner Tigers! In the blue corner, in the white uniform with maroon trim, holding a record of two wins and three losses, the MCI Huskies!

And so it began, on a Saturday afternoon at Wright's Gym in Pittsfield. After a pair of undercard bouts, the main event delivered. The Gardiner Tigers erased a double-digit deficit in the 2nd half to beat the MCI Huskies, 61-53.

MCI started off hot, with sophomore Craig Reazor scoring the first five points for MCI. He would head to the bench with foul trouble throughout the game however, and wouldn't score again until the fourth quarter.

MCI's 14-6 first quarter lead was in jeopardy when Gardiner started the second quarter on a 6-0 run, but the Huskies were able to extend the lead to three possessions throughout much of the quarter. But as time winded down, Jordan Grant hit a 3 to bring the game within 5, at 26-21.

In the second half, things got out of control quickly. After a Gardiner player took a nasty tumble during a rebound on one end of the floor, Gardiner retaliated with a pair of hard fouls, one resulting in an intentional foul on Andrew Bobrowicki, when he ran over Casey Edgerton. Edgerton would make both free throws for his first points of the game. Gardiner kept threatening MCI's lead and the physical play kept coming, but the Huskies clinged to a 40-34 lead through three.

In the fourth however, only one MCI player hit a field goal - Jacob Hunt's three-pointer in the final minute which proved irrelevant.

On the way, however, the physicality reached its peak. Shawn Bennett was given a technical foul and ejected for striking Gardiner's Eric Goodwin. Goodwin would make all four of the free throws he was awarded. While Bennett was headed to the bench, he was met by MCI coach Frank McGrady, who took exception to remarks coming from a fan at the back of the Gardiner cheering section. Bennett's ejection is the second in MCI's last two home games, going along with senior Ross Hammond's ousting against Belfast last week. The ejection also means he will have to sit out MCI's next game, on December 30th at Erskine Academy.

After the technical free throws tied the game at 40, Gardiner rode Goodwin's free throws, all eight of them in the fourth, to secure the eight point win, 61-53. Only one free throw was missed in the fourth quarter by either team, in 21 attempts. Mike Denham sealed the deal with a steal and layup on the other end, capping a 20-point performance to lead all scorers. MCI was led by Jacob Hunt's 14 points, and Ross Hammond's 10.

Cony over Hampden from Bangor Daily News

Sport: Basketball (Girls)  Posted: December 20th, 2008 by Tom Nolette

By Ryan McLaughlin BDN Staff HAMPDEN, Maine — It was a challenge for which Cony senior guard Chelsea Arbour was ready. Her Rams had seen Hampden Academy trim a once-comfortable 13-point lead down to a less-than-cozy four heading into the fourth quarter. That’s when coach Karen Sirois challenged Arbour to carry the troops to the finish line. Arbour answered the call, scoring 12 of her team’s 16 fourth-quarter points as Cony of Augusta snapped a three-game losing streak with a hard-fought 46-40 KVAC Class A girls basketball victory Friday night over the scrappy Broncos. Sirois’ 2-3 Rams, who led 30-26 entering the final eight minutes, saw the margin trimmed to two with 6:45 to play on Katie Chambers’ baseline pull-up. But the inevitable Cony run was coming, and Arbour would start it on the Rams’ next possession. A baseline drive and a 3-pointer from the left wing stretched Cony’s lead to seven with just under six minutes to play. Hampden would respond, with Julia Snyder’s putback and Michaela Stephenson’s 3 from the top of the key making it a 35-33 game with 5:07 left. But the 1-4 Broncos had no answers for Arbour, who scored the game’s next seven points to build the lead back to nine with 3:10 to play and Hampden got no closer than five after that. “I guess you could say I was feeling it … it was more like time, like the right time to come out and put them away,” said Arbour, who finished with a game-high 21 points on 8-for-14 shooting, including 3-for-7 from the perimeter. “I kind of needed to step up and I knew I needed to step up, especially as a senior,” Arbour said. Cony took advantage of an overaggressive Hampden team to build its first-half lead, which reached its peak at 26-13 with 3:48 to play. Coach Ben Greenlaw’s club got caught up in the Rams’ transition game often, leaving shooters open beyond the arc. “We just did a poor job of finding shooters in transition early,” Greenlaw said. “And the second thing we talked a lot about was not over-helping. If you leave them open, they’re going to make you pay.” Hampden tightened up its defense in the second half while exhibiting sound offensive patience, working the ball around the perimeter and searching for inside looks against a relatively small Cony team. “I think they were doing a good job of getting the ball inside, attacking and then kicking it out which makes our defense collapse, and they hit some shots,” said Sirois. But the Rams would put the clamps down late, holding the Broncos to two field goals — one being Snyder’s 3-pointer as time expired — in the final two minutes. “We just needed to pick up our defense, said senior Brittany Ford, who was 3-4 from 3-point range en route to 11 points. “We just needed to pick up our game in general and I think this was the game we needed to prove that to ourselves.” The Broncos had all kinds of chances down the stretch, as the Rams struggled at the foul line, but senior Courtney Dufour hit all four of her free throws in the final minute to cement the victory while the Rams did a solid job on the offensive glass. Cony hopes this could be the game that sends it on a long win streak after setbacks to Leavitt of Turner Center and Mount Ararat of Topsham this week. “Which is not like us,” Ford said. Sirois added, “I hope so. I think so. We’re on the right track. We’re doing some good things, bringing it all together.” Snyder scored a game-high 13 points, nine coming in the second half, for Hampden, to go with nine rebounds. Kayla Webb and Stephenson contributed eight points each.

Stearns Girls go to 4-0 on season

Sport: Basketball (Girls)  Posted: December 20th, 2008 by Tom Nolette

Sophomore Kirsten Marter & Senior Samantha Lyons led Stearns with 15 points each as the Lady Minutemen improved to 4-0 on the season with a 48-40 win over PVHS Friday Night. Senior Adriana Eurich added 8 points. Juniors Monica Deabay & Rebecca Leavitt had 4 points apiece & Senior Katie Mills had 2. Senior Casey McCloskey led PVHS with 19 points. Stearns nsxt game is Tuesday, December 23rd vs. Searsport. tipoff is set for 6:30PM.

Stearns 65, Penquis 34

Sport: Basketball (boys)  Posted: December 20th, 2008 by Tom Nolette

At Millinocket, Garen Manzo scored eight of his 12 points in the third quarter as the Minutemen pulled away from the Patriots of Milo. Tyler Richards posted a game-high 17 points to pace Stearns. Ryan Bailey powered the Patriots with 15 points.

Westbrook defeats Deering, 71-69

Sport: Basketball (boys)  Posted: December 20th, 2008 by Tom Nolette

WESTBROOK 71, DEERING 69: Westbrook's inside game was outstanding Friday night. It had to be to overcome Deering's 3-point shooters. In a game of contrasting offensive styles, the Blue Blazes' inside duo of Nich Jobin and Dominic Borelli answered every challenge tossed their way by Deering's long-range shooters, who made 13 3-pointers. Jobin had a game-high 28 points and Borelli, playing his first game of the season, added 18 to lead Westbrook to a 71-69 victory in a Southern Maine Activities Association boys' basketball game at Deering. The spectators who braved the snowy night were treated to an action-packed game. Westbrook (4-0) led for most of the game but could never feel comfortable. The Rams (4-1) kept coming back on the shooting of Khadar Abbas, Ronald Abwoch, Jackson Frey and an effective press. Abbas finished with six 3-pointers and a team-high 24 points. "I've seen Deering play a couple of times before and they've never shot like that," said Westbrook Coach Mark Karter. "Those were two young teams out there playing well. "Deering jumped on us in the third quarter, but we kept our poise and did what we had to do. Nich (Jobin) had some big rebounds and baskets down the stretch. For Dominic (Borelli) to play that many minutes in his first game back showed me a lot." Borelli missed the first three games with an injured back. This was each team's first real test of the season and their only meeting in the regular season. "I'm sure this win is going to be worth a lot of Heal points because Deering is going to win a lot more games before the season is over," said Karter. Juniors Jobin, 6-foot-6, and Borelli, 6-7, constantly got free inside for baskets. Deering trailed by eight at halftime but outscored the Blazes 20-13 in the third quarter. Deering stepped up its defensive intensity, and its press took the Blazes out of their offensive rhythm. But there was a cost to their aggressiveness as the Rams found themselves in foul trouble. "That's the way we have to play," said Deering Coach Dan LeGage. "We don't have the type of team where we can pound it inside like in the past. We have to be effective shooting the 3. "Tonight we finally started to make some shots. We're a young team that easily could have folded when we got down in the first half. I'm proud of our effort and the way the guys battled back." The Rams trailed 25-11 late in the second quarter before going on a 9-2 run to get back into it. Abbas hit the first of his 3s in the surge, but the Blazes finished the half strongly to lead, 33-25. The teams combined for 49 points in a wild fourth quarter. The Rams hit five 3-pointers, three by Abbas, while Jobin and Borelli countered with 10 points each for the Blazes. "Deering is a scrappy team," said Jobin. "But we knew we would be OK if we slowed it down and ran our offense." The Blazes took a 66-58 lead after a three-point play by Jobin with 1:51 remaining. But Abwoch followed with a long 3-pointer and Abbas hit another 3 after an inside basket by Tyler Kelly of Westbrook to make it 68-64. After a timeout, Westbrook's Christian Hamilton caught a long inbounds pass and fed Jobin for a basket and a 70-64 lead. (PPH)

Westbrook 71 Deering 69

Sport: Basketball (boys)  Posted: December 20th, 2008 by Tom Nolette

In a game of contrasting offensive styles, the Blue Blazes' inside duo of Nich Jobin and Dominic Borelli answered every challenge tossed their way by Deering's long-range shooters, who made 13 3-pointers. Jobin had a game-high 28 points and Borelli, playing his first game of the season, added 18 to lead Westbrook to a 71-69 victory in a Southern Maine Activities Association boys' basketball game at Deering. The spectators who braved the snowy night were treated to an action-packed game. Westbrook (4-0) led for most of the game but could never feel comfortable. The Rams (4-1) kept coming back on the shooting of Khadar Abbas, Ronald Abwoch, Jackson Frey and an effective press. Abbas finished with six 3-pointers and a team-high 24 points.

Penquis 37, Dexter 30

Sport: Basketball (Girls)  Posted: December 19th, 2008 by Tom Nolette

At Milo, Erica Lyford tossed in 15 points to lead the Penquis Patriots past Dexter. Kristyn Chapman contributed 14 points for the winners. Sarah Murray paced Dexter with nine points.

Camden 81, Rockland 57

Sport: Basketball (boys)  Posted: December 19th, 2008 by Tom Nolette

Tyler McFarland had 28 points and eight rebounds as the Windjammers (5-0) knocked off Rockland (3-2) at Rockport. Gordon Fischer added 18 points, nine rebounds and eight assists, and Graham Safford had 19 points for Camden Hills. Teel Ilvonen led Rockland with 13 points

Eagles fall in tough fight with Dragons

Sport: Basketball (Girls)  Posted: December 19th, 2008 by Tom Nolette

OAKLAND -- The reason the Messalonskee girls basketball team lost to unbeaten Brunswick on Friday night comes down to two statistics: Turnovers and free throw shooting.

York turns on the pressure, comes away with a victory

Sport: Basketball (Girls)  Posted: December 19th, 2008 by Tom Nolette

Taylor, a 6-foot sophomore, competed for rebounds, dived for loose balls all over the court and scored 16 of her game-high 20 points in the second half to lead the unbeaten Wildcats to a 47-34 victory against previously unbeaten Greely in a Western Maine Conference girls' basketball game Thursday night.

Brunswick beat Messalonskee 50-46

Sport: Basketball (Girls)  Posted: December 19th, 2008 by Tom Nolette

OAKLAND -- The reason the Messal-onskee girls basketball team lost to unbeaten Brunswick on Friday night comes down to two statistics: Turnovers and free throw shooting. The Eagles committed 32 turnovers, and made just 8 of 20 foul shots. As a result, Brunswick was able to squeak by with a 50-46 victory. "How do you go 8 for 20 and expect to beat a team that is one of the tops in the state?" Messalonskee coach Brenda Beckwith asked. "We did the things that we wanted to do. We got some fouls called against them. It happens to everyone and, unfortunately tonight, it was certainly the thing that spelled our doom." Even with the lost possessions and missed free throws, the Eagles still led 46-45 and had the ball before turning it over with 1 minute, 14 seconds remaining. The Dragons (4-0) patiently worked the ball around until 6-foot-3 Claire Baecher hit a fallaway jumper for a 48-47 Brunswick lead with 30 seconds left. The Eagles (4-1) turned the ball over again, and Brunswick's Emily Bryant hit a foul shot for a two-point lead. Messalonskee's Kaitlyn Deering missed a long jumper from the right wing with 10 seconds left, and Brunswick's Mardi Artis made two free throws to ice the game. Artis, a 6-3 center who had 14 points and 10 rebounds, and Baecher (12 points) were a matchup problem for the Eagles, who have no 6-footers in their rotation. Still, Brunswick's rebounding edge was only 31-30, and the Dragons missed countless layups. "Once in a while we'll miss bunnies here and there, but tonight it seemed to be more so," Brunswick coach Rita O'Connor Maines said. "I think they were doing a good job of squeezing on the post players and doubling them whenever they would get a good seal." With both teams struggling in some areas and succeeding in others, neither team had more than a six-point lead all game. Brunswick led 24-22 at halftime, and when Messalonskee rallied to a 36-32 lead by the end of the third quarter, the Dragons ran off nine straight points for a 41-36 edge. Messalonskee regained the lead with seven straight points by Deering (who had a game-high 15 points and 10 rebounds), but the Dragons had enough left in their tanks to pull out the win. Maines used two groups and subbed five players at a time, but kept her first unit on the floor for the final 11 minutes of the game. "They dug deep and found it within themselves to finish," Maines said. Hannah Dexter added 14 points for Messalonskee. Matt DiFilippo -- 861-9243 mdifilippo@centralmaine.com

Piscataquis 62, Bangor Chr. 55

Sport: Basketball (boys)  Posted: December 19th, 2008 by Tom Nolette

At Guilford, Aaron Ward came off the bench to hit four 3-pointers in a four-minute span of the second half, helping the Pirates overcome a 13-point deficit on their way to victory. Ward finished with 12 points, while Nolan Lovell led Piscataquis with 17 points and eight rebounds. Dylan Izbicki grabbed 11 rebounds. Brett Bradford paced Bangor Christian with 15 points and Tyler Alexander netted 13.

Stearns Goes to 3-0 with victory over Penquis

Sport: Basketball (boys)  Posted: December 19th, 2008 by Tom Nolette

The Stearns High School Minutemen hosted the Penquis Patriots at Wentworth Gym in Millinocket Friday Night & Came away with a 65-34 win. Stearns led at the half 20-15, but outscored Penquis 45-19 in the 2nd half. Stearns was led by Senior Tyler Richards, who had 17. Garen Manzo added 12. Josh MacDonald, Cory Barnett & Brandon McLaughlin had 8 points each. Zach Sadlon added 7. Charlie Osborne 3 & Billy Eurich 2 for the 3-0 Minutemen. Ryan Bailey led Penquis with 15. Phil Larrabee added 5, Joe Leland 4, Justin Artus, Jesse McLaughlin & Bryan Russell had 3 points each & Chad Badger 1 for the 3-1 Patriots. Stearns next game is Tuesday, December 23rd @Searsport. Tipoff is set for 6:30PM. Score By Quarter: Stearns - 9 20 42 65 Penquis - 9 15 25 34 JV Score: Stearns 43, Penquis 38.
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