Marvelous 13-1 campaign for talented Mariner freshmen
Rockland — While the Oceanside High school boys varsity basketball team had its share of success on the court during the winter, it appears the Mariners will continue to thrive in the coming seasons if the players on this year's freshmen squad have any say on the matter.
That team, coached by Darren Randall, finished the season with a stellar 13-1 record, with its lone loss coming at the hands of Camden Hills — a 66-63 defeat in overtime in the final game of the regular season.
Randall said the loss to end the regular season could have been a blessing in disguise for his squad.
"As a coach I do not like to lose, but I really believe this team learned more about themselves and teamwork in one loss than they did in 13 wins," he said. "This was a great group of kids and, if they continue to work on their game in the offseason, will have the ability to contribute to the program in the years to come."
Team members for the Mariners were Riley Sprague, Griffin Lombardo, Andrew King, Thomas Curtis, Ryan Allender, Jacob Bartlett, Christian Straka, Jordan Matero, Matt Sprowl, Kyle Waters, Alden Wadsworth, Zeke Hamlin, Nick Tinker and Nick Barrett.
The Mariners averaged 55 points per game, allowed 29.5 points per game and outscored opponents by an average of 17.6 points, with their largest margin of victory coming in a 72-25 win over neighboring Medomak Valley.
Leading the Oceanside offense were Sprague (13-point average), Lombardo (7.2), King (5.8), Curtis (6.2), Allender (4.4), Bartlett (4.6), Straka (5.1), Matero (3.2), Sprowl (0.8), Waters (1.5), Wadsworth (3.4), Hamlin (5.1), Tinker (1.0) and Barrett (1.1).
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