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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.

Washburn knocks off SAHS (12/19 BDN)

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

Washburn 44, So. Aroostook 41 At Washburn, Rebecca Campbell hit five free throws in the fourth quarter while Rachel Palmer netted five points in the period as Washburn knocked off previously undefeated Southern Aroostook. Palmer finished with 19 points and 18 rebounds, both game-highs, to go with four blocked shots while Campbell recorded nine points and grabbed 10 boards for the Beavers. Elizabeth Goodall paced the Warriors of Dyer Brook with 12 points while Brittany Charette scored 11.

Old Town @ Central

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

Old Town 62, Central 48 At Corinth, Ashley Abbott had 19 points to lift Old Town over Central. Sarah Wilcox scored 16 points for the Coyotes and Katie Libby had 15 points. Rachel Trafton led the Red Devils with 15 points. Becca Camp-bell had 12 points and nine rebounds and Roberta Trafton recorded four steals.

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.

Waterville beats Winslow 55-25.

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

WATERVILLE -- The Waterville Senior High School girls basketball team has won all five of their games this season, by an average of 39.8 points. But coach Ted Rioux is not joking when he says he's looking for major improvement from his team between now and February.

Raiders rally past Panthers

Sport: Basketball (boys)  Posted: December 18th, 2008 by Tom Nolette

WINSLOW -- After getting burned again and again by Waterville Senior High School´s inside game throughout the first half, the Winslow boys basketball decided to follow the Purple Panthers´ script in the second half.

Raiders rally past Panthers

Sport: Basketball (boys)  Posted: December 18th, 2008 by Tom Nolette

WINSLOW -- After getting burned again and again by Waterville Senior High School´s inside game throughout the first half, the Winslow boys basketball decided to follow the Purple Panthers´ script in the second half.
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