Camden Hills halts five-game skid with dispatch of BelfastVangel, Heidorn combine for 49 points for Windjammers; Sturgis, Woods, Bielenberg key Lions
Rockport — Riding a five-game losing streak and playing its third game in three days, one would be hard-pressed to find a team more in need of a win than the Camden Hills boys basketball squad.
And the Windjammers, back in their home gym for the first time since Dec. 20, got just that against visiting Belfast on Friday night, Jan. 6.
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The hosts rode the hot hands of sharpshooters Devin Vangel and Noah Heidorn as the duo dumped in a combined 49 points and made key plays down the stretch in a hard-fought 75-68 victory.
Heidorn led the scoring with a 25-point effort and Vangel 24 for the hosts, while Ionut Lodge also broke into double digits with 10 points.
Michael McGeady also scored nine points for Camden Hills, John Curtin three and Wilson McKay and Morgan Ford two.
The Windjammers also were a perfect 100 percent from the foul line, netting all six attempts.
Stanley Sturgis paced the Lions with a 20-point effort, while Nolan Woods netted 17; Zane Bielenberg, 15; Garrett Hamlin, five; Ian Snowdeal, four; Tristan Roberts, three; and Dakota Doolan, two.
The Lions were 10-of-16 (62 percent) from the charity stripe.
Camden Hills jumped to a 12-5 lead in the early going before Belfast took a 25-24 advantage into the locker room at halftime. The Lions clung to a 48-46 edge after three quarters before the Windjammers outscored the visitors 29-20 the rest of the way.
The game was close throughout as neither team led by double-digits and the clash featured six ties and 12 lead changes.
The Windjammers jumped to a 10-2 lead in the early going off treys from Heidorn and Vangel, a pair of foul shots by McGeady and another field goal by Vangel, but the Lions rallied in the second quarter and rattled off the first nine points to knot the score 12-12 on a trey from Sturgis, a hoop from Bielenberg and two free throws and a hoop in transition by Snowdeal.
The fourth quarter started with a hoop by Snowdeal to put Belfast ahead 50-46, but Camden Hills got back-to-back 3-pointers from Heidorn and Lodge to give the hosts the lead back for good at 52-50. Heidorn added a field goal moments later to increase the hosts' lead to four points.
Belfast cut its deficit to two points at 60-58 off a trey from Sturgis, but Heidorn responded with a 3-pointer and Vangel netted a runner near the paint as Camden Hills’ advantage swelled to 65-58.
Belfast got no closer than three points the rest of the way.
In the Maine Principals’ Association Heal Point Standings for Class A North, Camden Hills (2-5, 4.1358 points) is 11th, while Medomak Valley of Waldoboro (9-0, 40.9877 points) is first in the 14-team region. The top 10 teams qualify for the playoffs.
In the Maine Principals’ Association Heal Point Standings for Class B North, Belfast (3-4, 13.3333 points) is seventh, while Hermon (7-1, 28.9506 points) is first in the 17-team region. The top 12 teams qualify for the playoffs.