Mariners shine from line to sail past WindjammersBoth teams combine to shoot 75 free throws, now stand at 1-1 on young season
Rockland — Accurate foul shooting is one of the most important qualities a top-tier basketball team can possess. Typically, that facet of the game — namely, making ones free throws — can differentiate between who wins, and ultimately, who loses.
Such was the case on Tuesday night, Dec. 10 in a heated early-season battle between the Camden Hills and Oceanside boys court squads, as the Midcoast rivals combined to shoot 75 free throws.
The Windjammers (1-1) had a strong night from the charity stripe, but the Mariners (1-1) were lights out from the same spot as the hosts went on an 11-0 run in the second quarter and did not trail in the second half en route to a 84-67 victory.
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Oceanside netted an eye-popping 38-of-46 (82 percent) foul-shot attempts, while Camden Hills, no slouch itself, sank 23-of-29 (79 percent) from the line.
Colin Morse led all scorers, pouring in 34 points and was 14-of-15 from the foul line for Camden Hills. Also chipping in for the visitors were Chandler Crans with nine points, while Jayson Kuhn added seven; Andrew Hall and Connor Graffam, both four; and Terron Bailey, one.
Isaiah Stone-Patterson was a perfect 10-of-10 from the foul line and netted 21 points for the winners, while David Gould also tossed in 20 points, along with converting 10-of-11 from the charity stripe. Keenan Hendricks also had 11 points, while Nick Judge netted nine; Nick Mazurek and Jarrod Leonardi, both four; and Zach Peaco, two.
The Windjammers took a 20-13 lead after the first quarter, but the Mariners rallied and took a 37-29 lead at halftime and a 58-46 edge after three quarters.
Camden Hills jumped to a 10-2 lead early in the first quarter on two hoops from Morse, a trey from Kuhn and a bucket from Graffam as the Windjammers seemingly were in control of the game.
However, Morse, the team's top player, picked up his third foul with 3:12 left in the second quarter. That forced him to the bench for the remainder of the half.
From there, the Mariners went on an 11-0 run to end the half on a pair of layups from Gould and Stone-Patterson, an offensive putback by Peaco and free throws from Gould (2), Stone-Patterson (2) and Leonardi (1).
The Windjammers closed the gap to 50-44 midway through the third quarter after a pair of free throws from both Morse and Crans, but Grindle netted a trey to push Oceanside's advantage to nine points.
Oceanside converted 18-of-20 free-throw attempts in the fourth quarter to pull away.
Mazurek and Judge fouled out of the game for Oceanside, while Morse finished the game with only his three first-half fouls for Camden Hills.
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Mark has been covering local sports throughout Knox, Waldo and part of Lincoln county since 2007. He has a bachelor's degree in Mass Communication from the University of Maine and is also a 2000 graduate of Rockland District High School.
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