Mariner jayvees sail to 12-win campaign
Rockland — The Oceanside High School boys junior varsity basketball team had a strong season on the hardwood, which could — and should — translate to consistent success for the Mariners at the varsity level in the coming years.
Led by coach Larry Reed, the Mariners sported a 12-4 record on the season, with two of their four losses coming in overtime.
Team members included juniors Zeke Hamlin, Jordan Matero, Caleb Long, Alden Wadsworth, Jimmy Strong and Zach Peaco; and sophomores Andrew King, Riley Sprague, Nick Tinker, Josh Luttrell, Griffin Lombardo, Kyle Waters and Jake Bartlett.
Reed said the team's signature win was early in the season with a one-point victory against rival Camden Hills of Rockport. The Mariners trailed by 10 points in the fourth quarter and rallied to win after Matero drilled a 3-pointer at the buzzer to win the game.
“I really enjoyed coaching this team because whatever they lacked in ability, they certainly made up for in effort,” said Reed. “I could bring my second group into the game and my expectations remained the same. I look forward to seeing them contribute on both jayvee and varsity again next year.”
Matero, Strong and King led the team in assists, while Lombardo and Wadsworth led the team in rebounding.
Sprague led the team in scoring with 10.8 points per game, followed closely by Peaco at 9.5 per contest.
Reed said Luttrell impressed early but broke his hand four games into the season.
“He was really starting to play well in his sixth man role and I think he would have even had an opportunity to swing up to the varsity by the end of the year,” said Reed. “I think the athleticism in both him and Jake Bartlett could allow them to contribute at the next level, next year.”