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Lake Region 60, Falmouth 51

Sport: Basketball (boys)  Posted: January 10th, 2009 by Tom Nolette

NAPLES Phil Leighton scored 30 of his 35 points in the first half Friday night as Lake Region built a 29-point lead before holding on for a 60-51 victory that sent Falmouth to its first Western Maine Conference schoolboy basketball loss of the season. After Lake Region (8-2) built a 41-12 halftime lead, Stefano Mancini scored eight points and Jack Wyman hit a couple of 3-pointers in the third period as Falmouth (9-1) used a 21-2 run to pull within 43-33. Mancini led Falmouth with 21 points.

Lake Region 60, Falmouth 51

Sport: Basketball (boys)  Posted: January 10th, 2009 by Tom Nolette

NAPLES Phil Leighton scored 30 of his 35 points in the first half Friday night as Lake Region built a 29-point lead before holding on for a 60-51 victory that sent Falmouth to its first Western Maine Conference schoolboy basketball loss of the season. After Lake Region (8-2) built a 41-12 halftime lead, Stefano Mancini scored eight points and Jack Wyman hit a couple of 3-pointers in the third period as Falmouth (9-1) used a 21-2 run to pull within 43-33. Mancini led Falmouth with 21 points.

Thornton Academy defeats Westbrook, 50-36

Sport: Basketball (boys)  Posted: January 10th, 2009 by Tom Nolette

Thornton Academy came to Warren Gym on Friday night knowing a victory over top-ranked and unbeaten Westbrook could get it back on track in Western Class A. A week after losing to Deering by squandering a big lead, the Golden Trojans (8-1) took control from the start and, behind 22 points from guard James Morse, coasted to a solid 50-36 boys' basketball victory. Westbrook (8-1), which beat South Portland by 15 points Thursday night, couldn't sustain much offense against the Trojans, who played a tight man-to-man defense. Westbrook Coach Mark Karter couldn't say if his team was tired from consecutive games. He felt it was more a case of Thornton's strong play and his team's inability to make shots. "Thornton plays tremendous defense," said Karter. "They took Dominic Borelli out of our offense. We were still in it in the third quarter, but coming back against Thornton is hard with Morse controlling the tempo." Thornton led by 10 at halftime, the Blazes cut it to four in the third quarter, then Thornton went on a 7-0 run to put it away. Morse, in another strong performance, scored all of his team's 14 points in the second quarter, including closing with three straight 3-pointers. "James Morse has a great work ethic," said Thornton Coach Bob Davies. "He's worked hard at basketball ever since he was young and has earned everything he has. "This was a great team effort and we did it for four quarters without a letup. The players were able to refocus after the Deering loss. We beat Scarborough on Tuesday and built on that. "Westbrook might not have been as fresh, having played the night before. You don't know if it would have been a closer game." The win was worth valuable Heal points for Thornton, which was ranked fourth in the point standings. It was the only regular-season meeting between the contenders. Thornton took a 7-1 lead with John Trull scoring five points. The Blazes missed their first nine shots but still spurted near the end of the quarter and cut it to 10-7 after a 3-pointer by Tyler Kelly. A basket by Morse to end the quarter gave Thornton a 12-7 lead. Morse took over in the second on drives while getting fouled, and from the outside. Trailing by 10 at the start of the third quarter, Westbrook rallied behind Nich Jobin, who took a page out of Morse's book by scoring all nine (seven from the line) of his team's points in the quarter. Two Jobin free throws got the Blazes within four points before Morse and Thornton regained control. Morse scored on a breakaway to make it 28-22 and followed with another basket before Andrew Shaw buried a 3-pointer from the side to make it an 11-point lead and force a Westbrook timeout. The Blazes never threatened again. "This win puts us right where we want to be," said Morse. "We came out with a lot of emotion. We wanted to show what we could do. With our size, we were able to match up with Westbrook's two big men." Ian Barwise of Thornton didn't play although he was in uniform. Davies said Barwise, a standout for Cheverus in its drive to the state championship last season, wasn't injured and that it was a game- time decision not to use him. Jobin led Westbrook with 13 points. Borelli scored 10 but only one in the second half. (PPH)

Vikings squelch Dragons

Sport: Basketball (Girls)  Posted: January 10th, 2009 by Tom Nolette

Thursday night, Oxford Hills, the defending Eastern A champs, made a "Don't Forget About Us" statement with an impressive 52-42 win over Brunswick.

Blue Blazes Big 3rd Period Takes Down Riots

Sport: Basketball (boys)  Posted: January 10th, 2009 by Tom Nolette

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The Westbrook Blue Blazes used a big 3rd period to take down the South Portland Red Riots tonight 62-47 at South Portland’s Beal Gymnasium. The Red Riots were without the services of 6’3” forward Matt Lee out due to an injury sustained in practice earlier in the week. Both teams headed into tonight’s game undefeated at 7-0 and the Blue Blazes at the top of the heal points system and the Riots were at the # 2 spot.

In the 1st quarter the Red Riots Keegan Hyland gets off to a good start hitting a deuce and two 3’s as the Riots led after one period 13-12.

In the 2nd quarter the Riots are stopping the inside game of the Blazes Dom Borelli and Nich Jobin in the whole first half, but the Blazes Sean Murphy, Christian Hamilton and Tyler Kelly pick it up from the outside and the Blue Blazes take a 2pt. lead at the break 26-24.

In the 3rd  the Blue Blazes start pounding the inside with Borelli and Jobin as those two combine for 16 of the Blazes 24pts. In the period and Murphy hits another 3 plus a deuce and Christian Hamilton also buries a 3 as the Blazes outscore the Riots 24-10 to take a 16 point lead at the end of three  periods 50-34.

In the 4th the Riots are giving it everything they have but without Matt Lee the Riots are very limited to what they can do. Westbrook’s Christian Hamilton is putting all kinds of pressure on the Riots star Keegan Hyland making him work for every shot, plus getting plenty of help with the double team when ever Hyland makes a move. The Riots try to cut into the lead but the Blazes are just to tough tonight as they go on to win this game by a final score of 62-47. The Blazes had three players in double digits tonight. Dom Borelli with 17pts., Nich Jobin with 13 and Sean Murphy with 11. The Riots Keegan Hyland led all scorers with 23 points.

The Blazes with the win move to 8-0 on the season and they have a big home game tomorrow night against the Golden Trojans of Thornton Academy. The Riots suffer their first loss of the season and their record is now at 7-1. The Riots are also in action tomorrow night as they head up to Windham to take on the Eagles.

Scoring in tonight’s game were:

South Portland:

Hyland------------23
Hasson------------11
Bowering----------5
Vignjevic----------3
Reinhold-----------3
Dibiase-------------1
Gervais-------------1

Westbrook:

Borelli-------------17
Jobin--------------13
Murphy------------11
Hamilton-----------6
Kelly----------------5
Beckwith-----------4
Nouchanthavong--3
Wood---------------3

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Manduca's second half explosion keeps Deering perfect

Sport: Basketball (Girls)  Posted: January 10th, 2009 by Tom Nolette

 

By Michael Hoffer
Special to MBR

SCARBOROUGH—The Deering Express was slowed but not halted Thursday night as it ran into the team that could serve as its biggest roadblock in next month's tournament.

The Rams overcame a slow start against the fired up Red Storm and rode 19 second half points from senior Diana Manduca to a 53-43 win at Scarborough's Alumni Gym, improving to 9-0 and dropping the Red Storm to 7-2 in the process.

Scarborough hung tough throughout, but Manduca hit a pair of 3-pointers down the stretch to help her team pull out the victory.

“I just wanted to lead the team and get them pumped up,” said Manduca, who led all scorers with 25 points. “I'm a senior this year. I see that as my job. We just wanted to come out and control the tempo and make it more of our running game. We definitely expected a battle. We knew it was a big game and that they'd come out strong and want to beat us. We knew we had to match their intensity. We like the intensity and like to play games like this. This was a good test.”

Deering, the defending Class A state champion, lost just one major contributor to graduation and entered 2008-09 as heavy favorites to repeat. The Rams, now led by coach Mike Murphy, had little trouble with their first eight league opponents and also won the Capital City Classic Holiday Tournament in Augusta.

Scarborough, meanwhile, entered the season hoping to be a top contender after winning 13 times and reaching the quarterfinals a year ago. The Red Storm lost on a buzzer-beater at Windham, but beat their other seven opponents heading into Thursday. Scarborough was two nights removed from a first-ever win over South Portland.

Deering has dominated Scarborough in previous meetings since the Red Storm moved up to Class A, but Scarborough more than held its own this time.

Manduca hinted at things to come when she buried a 3-ball just 14 seconds into the contest, but she would score just three more points in the first half. Back-to-back layups from Red Storm junior Christy Manning put the hosts on top 4-3, but a runner from Rams' senior spitfire Jess Ruhlin made it 5-4 Deering.

Manning responded with two foul shots, but Ruhlin fed junior Claire Ramonas for a layup. With 1:55 to play in the first quarter, Scarborough junior Sarah Moody hit a 3-pointer to give the Red Storm a 9-7 lead.

The Rams pulled even 20 seconds into the second quarter on a jump shot from senior Maria Apon, but Moody answered with a 3, then made a layup to give Scarborough its biggest lead of the night, 14-9, forcing Murphy to call timeout.

An old-fashioned three-point play by Ramonas followed by a Ramonas bank shot tied the score. Manduca then put Deering back on top with a free throw, but Moody answered with a rebound jumper to give Scarborough its final lead, 16-15.

Ramonas tied the game with a free throw. Sophomore Kayla Burchill then made a layup for an 18-16 Rams' lead. After Red Storm junior Jenn Colpitts tied the game with two free throws, Deering sophomore Britni Mikulanecz gave her team the lead for good with a layup after a steal. A layup from Manduca gave the Rams a 22-18 advantage at the break.

The third quarter would be all Manduca all the time.

After Manning got the second half scoring started with a layup, Manduca canned a 3 for a 25-20 lead. Manning answered with a leaner, but Manduca scored on a leaner of her own to push the lead back to five. Mikulanecz then fed Manduca for a layup and a 29-22 advantage. Manning made two foul shots that were answered by a Manduca layup. Colpitts and Manduca then traded layups before Manning hit one of two free throws. A Colpitts layup pulled the Red Storm within five points, 34-29, after three periods.

Manduca finished with all 12 of Deering's third period points.

Scarborough made it a one-possession game when Colpitts made two foul shots 13 seconds into the fourth, but Ruhlin answered with a 3-ball. After Manning made one-of-two free throws, Manduca buried a 3 for a 40-32 lead. Colpitts answered with two foul shots and Manning made one, but after Mikulanecz got an offensive rebound, Manduca found herself free for another 3-pointer and canned it, making it 43-35 Deering with 4:06 to go.

After two scoreless minutes, the Rams went up by 10 on a layup from Burchill. Red Storm junior Heather Carrier provided a spark with a 3-point shot, but Ramonas made a free throw. After Manduca grabbed an offensive rebound on Ramonas' second attempt, Burchill was fouled and calmly hit two shots to make it 48-38.

Scarborough had one burst left, getting a scoop shot from Colpitts and a 3-ball from Moody to pull within five, 48-43, with 43.7 seconds to go, but Manduca made a free throw, Burchill converted two and with 12.4 seconds to play, senior Casey Everest made two shots to give Deering the 53-43 win.

“I knew it wouldn't be easy,” Murphy said. “That's a quality team we beat here tonight. They have some nice guards. They can handle pressure. It was good for us to have to grind it out. We have to go back to vacation week against Waterville where we had to grind it out. It's good for the kids.

“I thought we relied too much on the perimeter in the first quarter. Once we started going to the post in the second quarter, there was more of a flow to what we wanted to do. We had 15 possessions in the first quarter and had 12 jump shots. That won't win many games.”

Scarborough was upbeat in defeat.

“It was a good effort,” Seavey said. “No complaints at all. I'm very pleased. Looking at their box scores and what they did to their first eight opponents, I'll take it. We'll learn from it and get better. I think we're headed in the right direction.

“I thought we executed our game plan. In the first half, we played straight man all 16 minutes. We mixed it up a little in the second half. I thought we rebounded for the most part very well. We went right at their big kids. Unfortunately, Manduca got hot in the second half. That's what good players do. It wasn't a 10-point game. People who weren't here will look at the score and not realize how close it was.

“I told the kids, the biggest compliment to us was that they didn't press us full court much tonight. For the most part, we handled their pressure pretty well. We didn't let them go off on big runs like they've had against some of their opponents this year.”

“The first two years we were very intimidated when we played them over there. The kids were very tight going into those games and we got way down. We didn't dig that hole tonight and we were right there at the end.”

Manduca scored nearly half her team's points.

“(Diana's) competitive,” Murphy said. “We look for her to lead. She doesn't force much. She lets the game come to her. We didn't specifically run plays for her. We ran our offense and she got her shots. She did a nice job when she got the ball.

“The key to these kids is that they've been there. They don't get rattled. They've been in tougher situations than a regular season game. They knew the clock was our ally in the final five minutes. We did a nice job of not forcing anything. Having the ball in Diana's hands, Kayla's hands and Jess Ruhlin's hands in the final few minutes was key.”

Ramonas finished with nine points, Burchill had eight and Ruhlin added five. Apon, Everest and Mikulanecz all had two.

For Scarborough (7-2), Manning led the way with 15 points.

“They do a great job of getting the ball to Manning,” Murphy said. “She's come a long way in my opinion. She has great hands, great instincts and can fill up the basket.”

Moody added 13 points and Colpitts had 12. Carrier finished with 3.

The Red Storm look to get back in the win column Friday when they go to Thornton Academy. Tuesday brings another test when Noble, a regional finalist last winter, comes to town.

“It gets me excited that when we get (injured senior) Abbey Pelletier back we'll be a pretty good basketball team,” Seavey said. “We have a key senior sitting on the bench who hasn't played since game two and we're still battling.
 
“It would be nice to see (Deering) again.”

As for Deering, it goes to Noble Friday and hosts Bonny Eagle Tuesday. While the Rams have been perfect so far, they remain a work in progress.

“We try to take the pressure off and do it one game at a time,” Manduca said. “If we get cocky and think every game will be a blowout that will be our weakness. If we take it one game at a time, we'll be fine. We're still kind of the same team as last year. We still have good 3-point shooters. I think we're a better inside team. Our defense is really great and aggressive this year.”

“I think our offensive flow and offensive understanding of spacing on the floor has to get better,” Murphy added. “We try to get better each day. We don't want to be peaking right now. We've only played nine games. The kids always give a tremendous effort on the defensive end. We can get better on the offensive end with decision making.”

Penquis 51, Hermon 49

Sport: Basketball (Girls)  Posted: January 9th, 2009 by Tom Nolette

At Milo, Erica Lyford scored with four seconds remaining to lift Penquis by Hermon. Lyford posted a game-high 26 points to propel the Patriots. Marisa Kelley and Victoria Davenport scored 10 points apiece to pace Hermon.

Vikings squelch Dragons

Sport: Basketball (Girls)  Posted: January 9th, 2009 by Tom Nolette

Thursday night, Oxford Hills, the defending Eastern A champs, made a "Don't Forget About Us" statement with an impressive 52-42 win over Brunswick.

Red Eddies cruise, take down the Eagles, 69-64

Sport: Basketball (boys)  Posted: January 9th, 2009 by Tom Nolette

Corey Therriault drained six 3-pointers and finished with 24 points, Shane Ciriello added 14 and five boards and James Philbrook netted 10 points and hauled in six rebounds to lead the Red Eddies to a 69-44 win over Mt. Ararat on Thursday.

Red Eddies cruise, take down the Eagles, 69-64

Sport: Basketball (boys)  Posted: January 9th, 2009 by Tom Nolette

Corey Therriault drained six 3-pointers and finished with 24 points, Shane Ciriello added 14 and five boards and James Philbrook netted 10 points and hauled in six rebounds to lead the Red Eddies to a 69-44 win over Mt. Ararat on Thursday.

Rams send Devils over the edge, 64-54

Sport: Basketball (boys)  Posted: January 9th, 2009 by Tom Nolette

LEWISTON - Lewiston coach Tim Farrar feels like Sisyphus, the Greek mythological failure doomed to an eternity of pushing a boulder up a hill, only to watch it roll back down again.

Rams send Devils over the edge, 64-54

Sport: Basketball (boys)  Posted: January 9th, 2009 by Tom Nolette

LEWISTON - Lewiston coach Tim Farrar feels like Sisyphus, the Greek mythological failure doomed to an eternity of pushing a boulder up a hill, only to watch it roll back down again.

Mt. Blue 73, Messalonskee 29

Sport: Basketball (boys)  Posted: January 9th, 2009 by Tom Nolette

FARMINGTON - Ben Russell led a third-period outburst by scoring 16 of his game-high 26 points to lead Mt. Blue to a 73-29 triumph over Messalonskee. The Cougars (7-3) jumped out to a 16-7 and 29-14 advantage after the first two quarters, then put the game away with a 26-7 run in the Russell-led third quarter. Ryan Backus added 12 points and seven steals, while Jamie Sawyer dished out nine assists. No Messalonskee player reached double figures.

Oxford Hills 41, Brunswick 39

Sport: Basketball (boys)  Posted: January 9th, 2009 by Tom Nolette

SOUTH PARIS - Cody Hadley nailed a pair of free throws with less than five seconds in regulation to lift Oxford Hills to a 41-39 victory over Brunswick in KVAC boys' matchup Thursday evening. Jordan Farrar scored nine of his game-high 19 points in the fourh quarter, leading the Vikings (6-4) to a 14-7 run that sealed the win. The Dragons (4-6) were paced by Lukas Klein with 14 points, while Stephen Carter added 11.

Oxford Hills 41, Brunswick 39

Sport: Basketball (boys)  Posted: January 9th, 2009 by Tom Nolette

SOUTH PARIS - Cody Hadley nailed a pair of free throws with less than five seconds in regulation to lift Oxford Hills to a 41-39 victory over Brunswick in KVAC boys' matchup Thursday evening. Jordan Farrar scored nine of his game-high 19 points in the fourh quarter, leading the Vikings (6-4) to a 14-7 run that sealed the win. The Dragons (4-6) were paced by Lukas Klein with 14 points, while Stephen Carter added 11.
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