Camden Hills works overtime to cement opening victoryWindjammers outlast visiting Purple Panthers in OT for home win
Rockport — Veteran Camden Hills boys basketball coach Jeff Hart said it might take time for his squad to find its identity, but in the Windjammers' home- and season-opener Friday night, Dec. 7, the hosts found themselves embroiled in a nip-and-tuck affair with Waterville.
And the Windjammers discovered at least one thing about themselves, namely that they again will be competitive with most opponents and should be in a position to win games at the end.
Camden Hills (1-0) did that Friday night by pulling out a thrilling 62-58 overtime victory over the Purple Panthers.
Camden Hills led 15-13, 33-29 and 40-39 at the first three quarter breaks, before Waterville tied the game 52-52 at the end of regulation. The Windjammers outscored the Purple Panthers 10-6 in OT.
Camden Hills netted eight 3-pointers to Waterville's two treys.
Connor Hart paced the Windjammers with 23 points, while Chandler Crans added 12; Jayson Kuhn and Colin Morse, both eight; John Hall and Terron Bailey, both three; and Joe Chamberlain, two. The Windjammers made 10-of-20 free throws (50 percent).
Hart scored six of the team's 10 points in overtime, as Camden Hills made all six free throws it took in the extra period.
For Waterville, Chris Hale dumped in 23 points, including sinking an amazing 13-of-13 free throws. Justin Tabor added 11 points; Josh Gormley, 10; Jordan DeRosby, seven; J. P. Michaud, four; and Alan Wood, three. The Purple Panthers netted 14-of-17 foul shots (82 percent), thanks, in large part, to Hale's accuracy from the charity stripe.
The end of regulation proved exciting as Gormley drove to the hoop and scored with about 15 seconds left to give Waterville at 52-50 lead. However, Connor Hart, the Windjammer in the spotlight much of the night, hit a tough hoop in the lane with less than three seconds remaining to force overtime.
Connor Hart also helped solidify Camden Hills' win in overtime with his six points and clutch free-throw shooting.
The Camden Hills jayvees also won 70-62.
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