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Penquis 42, Piscataquis 33

Sport: Basketball (boys)  Posted: December 17th, 2008 by Tom Nolette

At Milo, the Patriots limited the Pirates to 13 second-half points while taking the victory. Bryan Russell paced Penquis with 11 points and Bailey added eight points. Corbin Shufelt led Piscataquis of Guilford with nine points.

Winthrop 62, Monmouth 43

Sport: Basketball (boys)  Posted: December 17th, 2008 by Tom Nolette

WINTHROP - Skyler Whaley drained 14 points, leading a trio of players in double figures as Winthrop huslted to a 62-43 victory over Monmouth on Tuesday. Whaley also pulled down five rebounds and blocked five shots. Andrew Smithgall chipped in with 13 points for the Ramblers (4-0), while Zack Farrington added 12. Winthrop jumped out to a 20-8 lead in the first quarter and was never challenged. Josh Davis led the Mustangs (0-4) with 15 points, while Ryan Baillargeon added 12.

Westbrook defeats Gorham, 58-37

Sport: Basketball (boys)  Posted: December 17th, 2008 by Tom Nolette

WESTBROOK 58, GORHAM 37: With his Blue Blazes trailing to Gorham at the half, junior Nich Jobin took over in the third quarter, scoring the first three baskets and giving Westbrook the lead and the momentum. The Blazes cruised from there, pulling away from the Rams for a 58-37 SMAA boys basketball win at home on Tuesday night. Westbrook remained perfect at 3-0, while the Rams are still in search of their first victory, standing at 0-4. Gorham’s Zach Speirs, who finished with a team-high 13 points, made a layup with seconds to go in the first half to give the Rams a 26-24 lead entering the break, but the Blazes outscored Gorham 17-5 in the third quarter. Jobin scored six straight points to make it 30-26 with 4:40 to go in the third, forcing a Gorham timeout. Andrew Beckwith extended the lead to nine on a 3-pointer and Tyler Kelly scored down low on an assist from Jose Nouchanthavong with 1:18 left to make it 29-28. It was 41-31 entering the fourth quarter. The Rams managed just 11 points in the second half. “That’s been the tale of the whole season so far,” said first-year Gorham coach Josh Longstaff. “We’re in it the first half and halfway through the third quarter, then… It’s like a collapse. Once we get over that hump, I think we’re going to be OK. The kids work so hard all the time. As we get in a little better shape as the season goes along, I think we’ll be OK.” Jobin finished with a game-high 22 points, 13 coming in the second half. His presence inside opened things up for the Blazes on the perimeter, as they made three 3s in the second half and five in the game. “I thought defensively they played a real good first half and we settled a lot for outside jumpers,” said Westbrook coach Mark Karter. “We made a little adjustment at halftime to get the ball inside more in the second half and we got some easier shots. “And I think our defense stiffened up a bit. Any time you hold a team to 11 points in a half, it’s a pretty good defensive effort. I thought our rebounding was much better in the second half, too.” Gorham’s full-court pressure in the fourth quarter forced a few Westbrook mistakes, but the Rams never got closer than 10 points over the final eight minutes. A Gorham 3 from Mason Roy made it 47-37 with 4:51 left, but Christian Hamilton’s 3 and a steal and one-handed dunk by Jobin 10 seconds later pushed the lead to 15 with 2:40 to go. The 6’6” Jobin was a difficult matchup for the Rams, who don’t have a starter over 6’3”. “He’s tough,” Longstaff said. “In the first half, I thought we did a good job on him. In the second half, I think he made an adjustment. Good players do that.” Jobin is the Blazes’ leading scorer and rebounder this season. His contributions have been important with 6’7” junior center Dominic Borelli still out with a back injury (Karter said Borelli is day-to-day). “Nich’s been a real nice player for us the first part of the year,” Karter said. “He came out and did a great job in the third quarter, getting us going in the right direction. He kind of carried us the whole game. He’s really come a long way since last year. He’s worked a lot on his game and it seems to be showing.” Alex Graves finished with 11 points for Gorham. Hamilton had eight for Westbrook, while Beckwith and Sean Murphy each chipped in seven. The Blazes are scheduled to play at 4-0 Deering on Friday night at 7 p.m. The Rams are slated to play 3-0 South Portland on the road on Friday at 6 p.m. Longstaff, a former Portland High standout and assistant coach, took over a team that returned no starters. He remains upbeat about his team. “They’re constantly playing hard,” he said. “Defensively, we’re getting better. Offensively, we’ve still got to be a little more patient. Once we button up the defense a little bit, I think the offense is going to come.” Karter has no doubt that Longstaff will get the Rams on track. “They play really hard and they’re well coached,” Karter said. “I think it’s just a matter of time before they get over that hump. I think they’re doing good things over there. (Longstaff) was a great player and really knows the game of basketball. I don’t have any reservations that he’ll get things going over there.” (AJ)

BDN 12/16 Recaps

Sport: Basketball (boys)  Posted: December 17th, 2008 by Tom Nolette

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Richmond 53, Buckfield 23

Sport: Basketball (boys)  Posted: December 17th, 2008 by Tom Nolette

Bruce Carver had 13 points and 13 rebounds for Richmond (3-0) in a win at home over Buckfield (0-2). Eric Murrin added eight points and four assists. Bryan Litchfield scored eight points for Buckfield.

Richmond 53, Buckfield 23

Sport: Basketball (boys)  Posted: December 17th, 2008 by Tom Nolette

Bruce Carver had 13 points and 13 rebounds for Richmond (3-0) in a win at home over Buckfield (0-2). Eric Murrin added eight points and four assists. Bryan Litchfield scored eight points for Buckfield.

Buzzer-beater gives Tigers win

Sport: Basketball (boys)  Posted: December 17th, 2008 by Tom Nolette

Paradee banked the ball off the glass in one motion as the buzzer sounded. After a brief conference by the officials, the basket was ruled good, giving the Tigers a 63-61 Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Class B win against Maranacook.

Traip 86, Sacopee 53

Sport: Basketball (boys)  Posted: December 17th, 2008 by Tom Nolette

SOUTH HIRAM, Maine — The Traip Academy boys basketball team improved its record to 3-0 with an 86-53 win over Sacopee Valley on Tuesday night in Western Maine Class C action. Senior Eric Modica led the way for Traip with 29 points and 15 rebounds. The Rangers led 16-6 after the first quarter and outscored Sacopee Valley (0-3) 32-18 in the second quarter to take a 48-24 lead into halftime. All 13 Traip players scored on the evening. Dustin LaClair added 12 points, while Nathan Westman netted 11. "A lot of our points came in transition of turnovers," Traip coach Jeremy Paul said. "It was nice to see that we didn't have to rely on just jump shots tonight."

Traip 86, Sacopee 53

Sport: Basketball (boys)  Posted: December 17th, 2008 by Tom Nolette

SOUTH HIRAM, Maine — The Traip Academy boys basketball team improved its record to 3-0 with an 86-53 win over Sacopee Valley on Tuesday night in Western Maine Class C action. Senior Eric Modica led the way for Traip with 29 points and 15 rebounds. The Rangers led 16-6 after the first quarter and outscored Sacopee Valley (0-3) 32-18 in the second quarter to take a 48-24 lead into halftime. All 13 Traip players scored on the evening. Dustin LaClair added 12 points, while Nathan Westman netted 11. "A lot of our points came in transition of turnovers," Traip coach Jeremy Paul said. "It was nice to see that we didn't have to rely on just jump shots tonight."

Camden 57, Medomak 34

Sport: Basketball (boys)  Posted: December 17th, 2008 by Tom Nolette

Graham Safford scored a game-high 16 points as Camden Hills (4-0) beat Medomak Valley (3-1) at Waldoboro. Gordon Fischer added 14 points for the Windjammers. Alex MacKenzie led Medomak with 10 points.

Camden 57, Medomak 34

Sport: Basketball (boys)  Posted: December 17th, 2008 by Tom Nolette

Graham Safford scored a game-high 16 points as Camden Hills (4-0) beat Medomak Valley (3-1) at Waldoboro. Gordon Fischer added 14 points for the Windjammers. Alex MacKenzie led Medomak with 10 points.

York 42, Fryeburg 41

Sport: Basketball (boys)  Posted: December 17th, 2008 by Tom Nolette

Dan Sheehan scored 10 points for York (2-1), which built a 28-15 halftime lead and held off the Raiders (1-3), who pulled within one point with four seconds left at Fryeburg. Ronny Coury scored 12 points and Khafre Tuckett added 11 for Fryeburg.

York 42, Fryeburg 41

Sport: Basketball (boys)  Posted: December 17th, 2008 by Tom Nolette

Dan Sheehan scored 10 points for York (2-1), which built a 28-15 halftime lead and held off the Raiders (1-3), who pulled within one point with four seconds left at Fryeburg. Ronny Coury scored 12 points and Khafre Tuckett added 11 for Fryeburg.

LR 71, Poland 31

Sport: Basketball (boys)  Posted: December 17th, 2008 by Tom Nolette

Kevin Gilson scored a game-high 24 points, including four 3-pointers, as Lake Region (4-0) beat Poland (0-4) at Naples. Phil Leighton added 17 points and six steals, and Derek Mayo had 11 assists for the Lakers. Jona Farrington scored 12 points for Poland.

LR 71, Poland 31

Sport: Basketball (boys)  Posted: December 17th, 2008 by Tom Nolette

Kevin Gilson scored a game-high 24 points, including four 3-pointers, as Lake Region (4-0) beat Poland (0-4) at Naples. Phil Leighton added 17 points and six steals, and Derek Mayo had 11 assists for the Lakers. Jona Farrington scored 12 points for Poland.
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