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Westbrook Tops Heal Points Table

Sport: Basketball (boys)  Posted: January 8th, 2009 by Tom Nolette

Wesern Class A Heal Points rankings, through January 3, 2009:(1)WESTBROOK, (2)SOUTH PORTLAND, (3) DEERING, (4)THORNTON ACADEMY, (5)CHEVERUS, (6)PORTLAND, (7) WINDHAM, (8)BONNY EAGLE, (9)SCARBOROUGH, (10)BIDDEFORD, (11)KENNEBUNK, (12)MASSABESIC, (13)GORHAM, (14)MARSHWOOD, (15)SANFORD, (16)NOBLE

Scarborough earns landmark win over SP

Sport: Basketball (Girls)  Posted: January 8th, 2009 by Tom Nolette

By Michael Hoffer
Special to MBR
SOUTH PORTLAND—The Scarborough girls' basketball program has made great strides under coach Jim Seavey and Tuesday night, the Red Storm accomplished something they'd never done since joining the Southern Maine Activities Association in 2003-04: beating their neighbor and rival South Portland.

It didn't come easily, but Scarborough got clutch performances from junior Christy Manning and senior Reegan Brackett down the stretch, forced three critical turnovers in the final minute and closed the game on an 8-2 run to eke out a 45-41 victory over the Red Riots.

“We knew it wouldn't be easy,” said Seavey, now in his third year. “Every time we play, it's knock down, drag out. We're kind of opposites. They've got a lot of size. We've got a lot of perimeter. Fortunately for us, the perimeter came through in the clutch. It's not only a big win in our season, but it's a big win for the program.”

The closest the Red Storm had come to beating the Red Riots were 12-point setbacks each of the past two seasons, but Scarborough has clearly caught its neighbor as a top contender.

Last winter, the Red Storm won 13 games and reached the Western A quarterfinals. South Portland won 16 games and made it to the semifinals.

So far this winter, Scarborough has passed every test but one, beating Marshwood, Sanford, Gorham, Massabesic, Biddeford and Westbrook and losing at Windham.

The Red Riots opened with victories in three of their first four contests (downing Massabesic, Sanford and Marshwood and losing to Biddeford). Five days before Christmas, South Portland lost by a point at home to Windham. Friday night, the Red Riots were humbled by 22 points by visiting defending Class A champion Deering.

Tuesday's showdown would be a battle throughout.

South Portland opened the scoring when junior Esther Palmieri hit a 3-pointer. The hosts soon heated up, however, and threatened to pull away.

After a Manning layup got the Red Storm's scoring started, junior Sarah Moody made a jump shot to put Scarborough ahead 4-3. South Portland answered on a floater from senior Brianna Hawkins, but Manning made a pair of foul shots for a 6-5 lead. After the Red Riots took a 7-6 advantage on two free throws from junior Danielle McCusker (who is back from injury), the Red Storm got seven quick points on a 3-ball from junior Jenn Colpitts, a jumper from junior Brittany Ross and a jump shot from Moody. Hawkins stemmed the tide with a rebound putback, but Manning made a free throw and Ross hit another jumper for a 16-9 lead after one.

Hawkins opened the second period with a jumper, but Scarborough took a 20-11 lead (its largest) on a Ross jumper and a runner from Colpitts.

Just when it seemed destined for another lopsided loss, South Portland bounced back with a vengeance.

A jump shot from sophomore Danielle DiBiase got the rally started. After the Red Storm went up 21-13 on a free throw from freshman Emily Kothman, Red Riots' junior Tayla Genesio made a layup, Hawkins followed with a layup, then, with 2:54 to go in the half, sophomore Abby Hasson converted a rebound layup to make it 21-19.

Ross momentarily halted the run with a jump shot and Kothman added another foul shot, but a layup from senior Kelsi Conley, a rebound putback from Hawkins and one free throw apiece from DiBiase and Hasson gave South Portland a 25-24 halftime lead.

“I told the kids I don't know if (Scarborough) missed a shot the whole first quarter,” said Red Riots' coach Mike Giordano. “Brittany Ross was making shots you don't expect. I told them they couldn't shoot that way all night. I told them to continue playing good defense and it would come back to us and it did.”

The biggest spread in the second half would be four points and that would be the final score. The final 16 minutes were tense, filled with strong defense and occasional bursts of nice offensive play.
Manning gave the Red Storm the lead back with a leaner 14 seconds into the third period. Palmieri answered with another 3-ball, but Manning made back-to-back layups for a 30-28 lead. After Hawkins tied the score with a layup, Brackett calmly buried a 3-pointer for a 33-30 advantage. With 43.8 seconds to play in the quarter, Genesio made a jumper, cutting Scarborough's lead to one, 33-32, heading for the fourth.

After Manning pushed the Red Storm's lead to three with two foul shots to start the final period, Hawkins made a layup and Palmieri buried another 3 to put South Portland ahead 37-35 with 5:15 remaining.

“Esther's been a pleasant surprise consistently for us this year,” Giordano said.

Manning tied the game with a layup, but Hawkins scored on a layup while being fouled with 2:07 to go to put the Red Riots ahead for the final time, 39-37.

Seven seconds later, Brackett sank two free throws to tie the score. Then, with 1:24 remaining, Manning scored on a layup while being fouled by Hawkins and hit the ensuing foul shot for a 42-39 advantage.

DiBiase then cut the lead to one with a layup 15 seconds later.

After the teams traded turnovers, Brackett was fouled with 37.9 seconds to go and she made both shots to push the lead back to three. After another South Portland turnover, Brackett was fouled again. She missed both attempts, but the Red Riots promptly threw the ball away and with 2.9 seconds to go, Brackett hit one more free throw to bring the curtain down on Scarborough's historic 45-41 victory.

“The kids are starting to believe,” Seavey said. “A year ago, I think we might have shied away and played not to lose instead of to win. We played to win in the fourth quarter tonight. We executed some nice situations. We got layups and got to the foul line. I thought we rebounded very well in the first quarter and in the second half. We lost the momentum in the second quarter when we had three starters with two fouls.

“We knew (South Portland) would be ready. Mike does a great job. His kids are always well prepared to take our strengths away. We tried to take their strengths away.”

Manning led all scorers with 18 points. Brackett and Ross wound up with eight apiece. Colpitts added five, Moody had four and Kothman finished with two.

The Red Riots (now 3-4 and seventh in the initial Western A Heals) were paced by 16 points from Hawkins and nine from Palmieri. DiBiase finished with five, Genesio had four, Hasson three and Conley and McCusker had two apiece.

Instead of being disappointed in the wake of defeat, Giordano was upbeat.

“We were up a basket late and I thought we might get an upset,” he said. “(Scarborough) finished coming down the stretch and we turned it over a few times. Growing pains. I thought overall the kids played well.

“This is the first game we've had our whole team. We lost by four to the second best team in our league. I'm pretty pleased. From this point on, I think we'll see some really good things. Other than Deering, there isn't anyone else on the schedule we can't compete with and have a chance to beat.”

South Portland is home with Westbrook Friday and hosts Cheverus Monday.

Scarborough (7-1 and second in the Heals) has a huge test upcoming Thursday when it hosts Deering.

“They're heads and shoulders above everyone else,” Seavey said, of the Rams. “I almost feel like everyone else is playing for second place. You don't play games on paper or on your record going in. You play on the floor for 32 minutes. We have to handle their pressure. They're so well balanced, inside and outside. We play similar styles. The first two years we were very intimidated against them. I think we're starting to play with a bit of an edge. I mean that in a good way.

 “We have an x factor that we'll just get stronger. (Senior) Abbey Pelletier hasn't played since game two. We're biding our time, developing some depth and confidence and experience. In the long run, we'll be that much better. We're heading in the right direction. We're happy.”

Balanced Attack, Defense Propel Bears Past Hornets

Sport: Basketball (boys)  Posted: January 7th, 2009 by Tom Nolette

The Easton Bears picked up a hard fought win over the Ashland Hornets at Easton, 60-48. This game was closer than the final score indicates, as Ashland had to foul late in the game and Easton hit their free throws down the stretch. The teams were within a point at the end of the first quarter, and Easton went into the locker room at the half with a three point lead. Easton got the lead up to nine in the third quarter, but Ashland stayed tough and Easton could not pull away. The Bears did a good job protecting the ball in the fourth quarter, and hit their foul shots to seal a big win. Easton's defense was tough all night. Easton "contained" Jeremy Tarr, who ended with 17 points. Carl Nemer added 14 points. Easton also did a good job at keeping the ball out of the post and away from Lucas Hafford. Easton got offense from a number of players. Brad Trask led a balanced scoring attack with 17 points. Trask also pulled down 14 rebounds. Sean Daniels had a great game and dropped 15 points on the night, a season high. Sam Bacon had 12 points, and Corey White had 10. Easton is now 8-2 as they head into a huge game against the undefeated Fort Fairfield Tigers in Fort Fairfield Saturday night.

Fort Fairfield 54, Hodgdon 31

Sport: Basketball (Girls)  Posted: January 7th, 2009 by Tom Nolette

At Hodgdon, Whitney Clark scored a game-high 22 points to keep the Fort Fairfield Tigers undefeated. Amanda Hotham added 11 points for the Tigers. Taylor Hovey led the Hawks with nine points.

Five Years Ago Tonight

Sport: Basketball (boys)  Posted: January 7th, 2009 by Tom Nolette

A MATCHUP FOR THE AGES It was five years ago this week, Jan 7th 2004, when the top two teams in Western Maine Class B Boys Basketball, the Gorham Rams, coached by Kevin Jenkins and the Falmouth Yachtsmen, coached by Dave Halligan, both undefeated at the time, squared off in Falmouth, for early season bragging rights. Back in January, these teams' destiny was unknown and both had championship dreams, particularly Falmouth, whose lineup was stocked with numerous future college athletes. On the Gorham side of the ball, 6 of the 9 players on the court that night went on to college athletic careers, including Tim Atwood, Roger Williams(baseball), Ben Thayer, Bates(basketball and baseball), Brandon Poulin, UMF(golf) , Josh Tanguay, UMF(basketball), Kurt Randall, USM(Basketball), Justin Brown, Wheaton(basketball), and John Mackenzie, Bates(football). Moreover, what was truly unique about this game and all of Falmouth's games that season, was that Falmouth, a relatively small school with an enrollment of approx 650 kids at the time, had 6 future Division One College athletes on it's roster including Division One Scholarship Basketball players(Darren Mastropaolo(Bucknell), Bryant Barr(Davidson), and Kyle Robbins(Vermont), and three other Division One Athletes in other sports(Jason Loranger, Quinnipiac(Golf), Jimmy Velas, UMO(soccer), and Nick Babikian, USC(Rowing)! As if that weren't enough, they also had another 5 Division Three athletes on the roster, including two that didn't see action that night. These included Danny Forcella, Vassar(basketball), Casey Brinn, Ithaca(basketball), Chris White, Wentworth(soccer), Connor Martin(DNP), Gaucher(basketball), and JJ Forcella(DNP), USM(cross country), making 11 of the 15 players on the roster going on to collegiate athletic programs. In fact of the 10 Falmouth players who saw action during this Jan 7th matchup, 9 went on to play college athletics! So, 15 of the 19 players on the court that night went on to play in college programs, a ratio that may be unprecedented in the history of Maine high school athletic contests. But the truly amazing part was the three Division One basketball players from one team, from Maine, no less, from Class B, no less. This is believed to be the only time in modern Maine history that a single HIGH SCHOOL basketball team PRODUCED three players that went on to play Division One College Basketball. The game itself, on January 7th more than lived up to its billing, coming down to the final 10 seconds and a two point come from behind win for the home Yachtsmen, 50-48. They held Gorham to 14 points in the second half, playing very inspired defense as they began the third quarter down by 9 points. What was unusual, was that due to Gorham's stellar box and one defense, Falmouth's big three of senior co-captains Mastropaolo and Forcella, and super sophomore Barr, had a total of 4 points at halftime, yes, four points, in total, all belonging to Darren Mastropaolo. And these were three scorers who averaged close to 13 points per game, each! Barr went on to score all 11 of his points in the second half, leading the Falmouth comeback while Mastropaolo added 6 to end up with 10 for the game, before fouling out with a little over three minutes left in the fourth quarter. Forcella, a thousand point plus scorer in High School, was closely shadowed by Gorham's Max Bass the entire game, and finally got on the board with a single but very key foul shot late in the game. Falmouth's bench, led by Casey Brinn, with 11 points, carried the offensive load at times, with a combined 17 points. Gorham's bench by contrast, chipped in with only eight points for the night. Gorham's big three Brown(17), Thayer(14) and Randall(7) combined for 38 of Gorham's 48 points. Randall, the 6 foot 7 center, fouled out with 5:19 left in the game. The raucous standing room only crowd was treated to a special show this January night, as this televised game had a little of everything, including a 3 pointer at the buzzer at the end of the third period by Matt Trask, giving Gorham a 7 point cushion and momentum heading to the final stanza, after Falmouth had closed to within 3 pts, from the 9 pt deficit with which it started the period. But Falmouth was relentless. They kept playing pressure team defense, Mastropaolo and starting power forward Eliav Bitan dominated the boards throughout with 17 and 10 rebounds respectively for the game, Velas and Forcella combined for 9 assists for the game and Gorham couldn't buy a basket, with only four points in the fourth quarter to Falmouth's 13. Gorham missed four foul shots in the last two minutes and was also called for a key offensive charge and a lane violation in the final minute. Falmouth needed every bit of this help to end up with the win in a classic battle that would be repeated the very last day of the season in early February, when Falmouth traveled to an even more crowded and louder Gorham High School, still undefeated at 17-0, only to see the Gorham Rams turn the tables, beating the Yachtsmen by 4 points, 51-47 in the second battle of these two Western Maine Class B heavyweights. So after 8 quarters of toe to toe action, these two evenly matched teams ended up separated by one basket! The fans who were lucky enough to see these teams slug it out, couldn't have known at the time that they were witnessing such an unusual and historic array of future college athletic talent all on one floor. It may never be seen again! When Class B All Stars were selected that season, they included 4 of the 5 players on the First Team All Star Roster being from this matchup (Justin Brown and Kurt Randall from Gorham and Danny Forcella and Darren Mastropaolo from Falmouth) as well as 2 of the 5 Second Team All Stars(including Ben Thayer from Gorham and Bryant Barr from Falmouth) , for a total of 6 of the top 10 Class B players in Western Maine, having competed in these two historic games. Alas, a third potential and much anticipated matchup in the playoffs never materialized when Falmouth, which ended the regular season ranked atop the Division at 17-1, and was the Number One seed in the Western Maine Tournament in Augusta that season, lost 44-42 in the first round to the Number Eight seed Cape Elizabeth in one of the great upsets in Tournament history. But that is a story for another day. Gorham, which ended up the season at 16-2 was the Number Three seed, and went on to win the Western Maine Class B Playoffs, then lost the State Championship Game to Erskine Academy, the Eastern Maine Champ. Combined Scoring Totals for Both Falmouth/Gorham Matches Falmouth Gorham Mastropaolo 22 Thayer 27 Barr 19 Brown 26 Brinn 18 Bass 14 Bitan 16 Randall 13 Velas 8 Trask 9 Berube 4 Atwood 5 Forcella 3 Mackenzie 3 White 3 Tanguay 2 Loranger 2 Robbins 2 TOTAL 97 TOTAL 99

TA 64, Scarborough 39

Sport: Basketball (boys)  Posted: January 7th, 2009 by Tom Nolette

Thornton Academy bounced back from its first loss of the season (versus Deering) with a convincing 64-39 victory over Scarborough.

After a relatively uneventful and defensive-oriented 1st half in which TA led 26-21, the Golden Trojans started the 2nd half on a 9-0 run, fueled by strong half-court defense and 7 quick points by James Morse. TA went on to out-score the Red Storm 20-8 during the 3rd quarter. TA's victory was all the more impressive since its key big man, Ian Barwise, sat out the game (coach's decision) and its other frontcourt standout, Andrew Shaw, was limited by foul trouble.

Of course it didn't hurt to have Morse come up big with 25 points, 5 assists, 7 steals, 6 rebounds. Mike Guerin and Morse keyed a strong defensive showing by shutting down the Red Storm backcourt.

Tom Littlefield joined Morse in double figures with 11 points to go along with 7 rebounds and 3 blocks. Zach Bean led Scarborough with 10 points and Connor Sullivan added nine. Next up for TA are 2 big tests: the Westbrook Blue Blazes on Friday, 1/9 and the South Portland Red Riots on Tuesday, 1/13 - both of which are 7-0 at this juncture.

Scarborough earns landmark win over SP

Sport: Basketball (Girls)  Posted: January 7th, 2009 by Tom Nolette

By Michael Hoffer
Special to MBR
SOUTH PORTLAND—The Scarborough girls' basketball program has made great strides under coach Jim Seavey and Tuesday night, the Red Storm accomplished something they'd never done since joining the Southern Maine Activities Association in 2003-04: beating their neighbor and rival South Portland.

It didn't come easily, but Scarborough got clutch performances from junior Christy Manning and senior Reegan Brackett down the stretch, forced three critical turnovers in the final minute and closed the game on an 8-2 run to eke out a 45-41 victory over the Red Riots.

“We knew it wouldn't be easy,” said Seavey, now in his third year. “Every time we play, it's knock down, drag out. We're kind of opposites. They've got a lot of size. We've got a lot of perimeter. Fortunately for us, the perimeter came through in the clutch. It's not only a big win in our season, but it's a big win for the program.”

The closest the Red Storm had come to beating the Red Riots were 12-point setbacks each of the past two seasons, but Scarborough has clearly caught its neighbor as a top contender.

Last winter, the Red Storm won 13 games and reached the Western A quarterfinals. South Portland won 16 games and made it to the semifinals.

So far this winter, Scarborough has passed every test but one, beating Marshwood, Sanford, Gorham, Massabesic, Biddeford and Westbrook and losing at Windham.

The Red Riots opened with victories in three of their first four contests (downing Massabesic, Sanford and Marshwood and losing to Biddeford). Five days before Christmas, South Portland lost by a point at home to Windham. Friday night, the Red Riots were humbled by 22 points by visiting defending Class A champion Deering.

Tuesday's showdown would be a battle throughout.

South Portland opened the scoring when junior Esther Palmieri hit a 3-pointer. The hosts soon heated up, however, and threatened to pull away.

After a Manning layup got the Red Storm's scoring started, junior Sarah Moody made a jump shot to put Scarborough ahead 4-3. South Portland answered on a floater from senior Brianna Hawkins, but Manning made a pair of foul shots for a 6-5 lead. After the Red Riots took a 7-6 advantage on two free throws from junior Danielle McCusker (who is back from injury), the Red Storm got seven quick points on a 3-ball from junior Jenn Colpitts, a jumper from junior Brittany Ross and a jump shot from Moody. Hawkins stemmed the tide with a rebound putback, but Manning made a free throw and Ross hit another jumper for a 16-9 lead after one.

Hawkins opened the second period with a jumper, but Scarborough took a 20-11 lead (its largest) on a Ross jumper and a runner from Colpitts.

Just when it seemed destined for another lopsided loss, South Portland bounced back with a vengeance.

A jump shot from sophomore Danielle DiBiase got the rally started. After the Red Storm went up 21-13 on a free throw from freshman Emily Kothman, Red Riots' junior Tayla Genesio made a layup, Hawkins followed with a layup, then, with 2:54 to go in the half, sophomore Abby Hasson converted a rebound layup to make it 21-19.

Ross momentarily halted the run with a jump shot and Kothman added another foul shot, but a layup from senior Kelsi Conley, a rebound putback from Hawkins and one free throw apiece from DiBiase and Hasson gave South Portland a 25-24 halftime lead.

“I told the kids I don't know if (Scarborough) missed a shot the whole first quarter,” said Red Riots' coach Mike Giordano. “Brittany Ross was making shots you don't expect. I told them they couldn't shoot that way all night. I told them to continue playing good defense and it would come back to us and it did.”

The biggest spread in the second half would be four points and that would be the final score. The final 16 minutes were tense, filled with strong defense and occasional bursts of nice offensive play.
Manning gave the Red Storm the lead back with a leaner 14 seconds into the third period. Palmieri answered with another 3-ball, but Manning made back-to-back layups for a 30-28 lead. After Hawkins tied the score with a layup, Brackett calmly buried a 3-pointer for a 33-30 advantage. With 43.8 seconds to play in the quarter, Genesio made a jumper, cutting Scarborough's lead to one, 33-32, heading for the fourth.

After Manning pushed the Red Storm's lead to three with two foul shots to start the final period, Hawkins made a layup and Palmieri buried another 3 to put South Portland ahead 37-35 with 5:15 remaining.

“Esther's been a pleasant surprise consistently for us this year,” Giordano said.

Manning tied the game with a layup, but Hawkins scored on a layup while being fouled with 2:07 to go to put the Red Riots ahead for the final time, 39-37.

Seven seconds later, Brackett sank two free throws to tie the score. Then, with 1:24 remaining, Manning scored on a layup while being fouled by Hawkins and hit the ensuing foul shot for a 42-39 advantage.

DiBiase then cut the lead to one with a layup 15 seconds later.

After the teams traded turnovers, Brackett was fouled with 37.9 seconds to go and she made both shots to push the lead back to three. After another South Portland turnover, Brackett was fouled again. She missed both attempts, but the Red Riots promptly threw the ball away and with 2.9 seconds to go, Brackett hit one more free throw to bring the curtain down on Scarborough's historic 45-41 victory.

“The kids are starting to believe,” Seavey said. “A year ago, I think we might have shied away and played not to lose instead of to win. We played to win in the fourth quarter tonight. We executed some nice situations. We got layups and got to the foul line. I thought we rebounded very well in the first quarter and in the second half. We lost the momentum in the second quarter when we had three starters with two fouls.

“We knew (South Portland) would be ready. Mike does a great job. His kids are always well prepared to take our strengths away. We tried to take their strengths away.”

Manning led all scorers with 18 points. Brackett and Ross wound up with eight apiece. Colpitts added five, Moody had four and Kothman finished with two.

The Red Riots (now 3-4 and seventh in the initial Western A Heals) were paced by 16 points from Hawkins and nine from Palmieri. DiBiase finished with five, Genesio had four, Hasson three and Conley and McCusker had two apiece.

Instead of being disappointed in the wake of defeat, Giordano was upbeat.

“We were up a basket late and I thought we might get an upset,” he said. “(Scarborough) finished coming down the stretch and we turned it over a few times. Growing pains. I thought overall the kids played well.

“This is the first game we've had our whole team. We lost by four to the second best team in our league. I'm pretty pleased. From this point on, I think we'll see some really good things. Other than Deering, there isn't anyone else on the schedule we can't compete with and have a chance to beat.”

South Portland is home with Westbrook Friday and hosts Cheverus Monday.

Scarborough (7-1 and second in the Heals) has a huge test upcoming Thursday when it hosts Deering.

“They're heads and shoulders above everyone else,” Seavey said, of the Rams. “I almost feel like everyone else is playing for second place. You don't play games on paper or on your record going in. You play on the floor for 32 minutes. We have to handle their pressure. They're so well balanced, inside and outside. We play similar styles. The first two years we were very intimidated against them. I think we're starting to play with a bit of an edge. I mean that in a good way.

 “We have an x factor that we'll just get stronger. (Senior) Abbey Pelletier hasn't played since game two. We're biding our time, developing some depth and confidence and experience. In the long run, we'll be that much better. We're heading in the right direction. We're happy.”

Cal Shorey powers Calais past WA Raiders

Sport: Basketball (boys)  Posted: January 7th, 2009 by Tom Nolette

One of the few veterans on the roster, senior center Cal Shorey, scored 21 points and grabbed 16 rebounds Monday night as the three-time defending Eastern Maine Class C champs fought off Down East rival Washington Academy of East Machias 67-55.

Rangers' size gives Lakers big problems

Sport: Basketball (boys)  Posted: January 6th, 2009 by Tom Nolette

CUMBERLAND — Lake Region High has enjoyed a fine start to its boys´ basketball season, winning seven games and already looking like a contender. But the Lakers played a benchmark game Tuesday night and some flaws surfaced. Perennial Class B power Greely topped Lake Region, 56-42. The game was not that close. The Rangers (7-1) led 35-19 at halftime and built a 51-26 advantage early in the fourth quarter against the Lakers (7-2). "We´ve had a good start but we´ve got a long way to go before we can compete with a team that plays that hard all the time," Lakers Coach Mike Francoeur said. Greely shot 60 percent and outrebounded the Lakers 17-3 in the first half. Throughout the game, Greely forced the ball inside for layups or to draw fouls. The Rangers featured a starting five of two 6-foot-5 forwards along with players that are 6-4, 6-3 and 6-0. Lake Region´s tallest starter is 6-3. "Against their matchup, our goal was to make sure we got what we wanted," Greely Coach Ken Marks said. "We got the ball inside. We took only four perimeter shots all night." When Greely got the ball inside, Lake Region swarmed and often committed fouls. The Rangers hit 18 of 19 free throws through three quarters and finished 26 of 32. Lake Region got to the line as well, but made just 16 of 27. Two of Greely´s outside shots were 3-pointers by 6-4 guard Sam Johnston, who scored 13 points. Trevor Tierney, a 6-5 forward, led the Rangers with 14 points. Tierney left the game in the third quarter when he suffered a gash on his head after he hit the backboard on a drive.

Lions come up empty against Gardiner

Sport: Basketball (boys)  Posted: January 6th, 2009 by Tom Nolette

The Lions made a run at the end to make the game interesting, but Gardiner was able to sink 8-of-14 foul shots in the fourth quarter to capture the win.

Gardiner led after the first quarter 11-10, but Belfast took the lead 22-21 at halftime. Gardiner regained the lead in the third quarter 34-32 and held on in the final stanza for the win.

Scoring for Belfast were Jack Davis with 12 points; Jason Hughes, 10; Brandon Drinkwater and Jim Davis, seven each; Doug Martens, four; Derrick Bernosky, three; and Pat LaCivita, two.

For Gardiner, Mike Denham and Eric Goodwin set the pace with 14 points each; Donnie Cray had eight; Jordan Grant, six; and Dan Paradee, Mike Trahan and Joe Coughlan, two each.

Belfast was 9-of-17 (53 percent) from the foul line, while Gardiner hit 19-of-27 (70 percent).

Lions fall to Tigers

Sport: Basketball (Girls)  Posted: January 6th, 2009 by Tom Nolette

The Lions (3-6) fell short in their effort to get back into the win column, losing 53-45 to host Gardiner.

Gardiner jumped to an 18-9 first-quarter lead and increased that to a 27-19 halftime advantage. By the end of the third the lead was down to 42-33, but the Tigers held on in the final quarter for the win.

Scoring for Belfast were Caroline Carr with 14 points; Brittany Dyer, 11; Ade Hills, nine; Danielle Littlefield, eight; Megan Curtis, two; and Whitney Cross, one.

For Gardiner, Emily Kozma netted 13 points; Chelsea Striker, 12; Jess Truman and Hannah Lawrence, eight each; Annah Kimball, six; Lauren Gorham, four; and Mary Trahan, two.

Gardiner shot 6-of-15 (40 percent) from the foul line while Belfast was 8-of-14 (57 percent) from behind the line.

Mount View girls roll on

Sport: Basketball (Girls)  Posted: January 6th, 2009 by Tom Nolette

The Mustangs (8-1) continued their winning ways with a 51-45 come-from-behind victory over Erskine Academy in South China.

Mount View led after the first quarter 14-11 before falling behind 23-22 at halftime and 35-30 at the end of the third quarter.

Scoring for Mount View were Hayleigh Kein with 14 points; Alexis Bennett, 13; Chrissy Larrabee, nine; Cassandra St. Clair, six; Macy Montminy, five; and Dakota McAdam, four.

For the Eagles, Kaci Hudson had 10 points; Ashley Clark, nine (including 3 three-point baskets); Megan Helm, seven (2 three-pointers); Samantha Morse and Monique Moore, six each; Kaitlyn Honea, four; and Jessica Souther, one.

Mount View was 9-of-19 (47 percent) from the foul line, while Erskine Academy was 8-of-14 (57 percent).

Central @ Mattanawcook

Sport: Basketball (boys)  Posted: January 6th, 2009 by Tom Nolette

MA Lynx 48, Central 47 At Lincoln, Brady Vose scored 14 points to help pace the Mattanawcook Academy Lynx past Central of Corinth. Kane McKinnon had 12 for the Lynx. Joe Brown scored 17 points for the Red Devils, who hit a 3-pointer in the closing seconds to make it a one-point game.

Bangor over Mt Blue

Sport: Basketball (boys)  Posted: January 6th, 2009 by Tom Nolette

Bangor 44, Mt. Blue 37 At Farmington, Danny Taft scored 15 points and his Bangor Rams knocked off Mt. Blue. Zach Blodgett scored all 14 of his points in the second half for the Rams. Jamie Sawyer and Ben Russell each scored 14 for the Cougars of Farmington.

Central @ Dexter

Sport: Basketball (Girls)  Posted: January 6th, 2009 by Tom Nolette

Central 46, Dexter 35 At Dexter, Central of Corinth out scored Dexter 23-6 in the fourth quarter to take victory. The Red Devils went 15-for-18 from the free throw line in the fourth. Rachel Trafton was 8-for-10 from the line, all in the fourth. Hannah Pray led Central with 14 points while Bekah Campbell scored 13 points. Callie Theodore scored nine points to pace Dexter
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