High school boys basketball

Medomak Valley rolls over Warriors, Purple Panthers to cap year

Talented Panthers remain second in Eastern Class B
By Staff | Dec 30, 2012
Photo by: Mark Haskell Medomak Valley's Brandon Soper, middle, soars to the basket past Nokomis' Will Cartwright (55) during a Dec. 29 high school boys basketball game in Waldoboro. The host Panthers won 69-52.

Waldoboro — After a bump in the road in a double-overtime loss to Oceanside of Rockland/Thomaston Dec. 18, the Medomak Valley boys basketball team is back to its winning ways, as the Panthers have rattled off three straight victories to round out 2012.

The Panthers most recently played back-to-back home games Friday, Dec. 28 and Saturday, 29 against Waterville and Nokomis of Newport, respectively. The hosts earned a 69-52 win over the Warriors Dec. 29 and a 54-45 triumph over the Purple Panthers Dec. 28.

The following is a recap of MVHS' most recent two games:

Medomak Valley 69, Nokomis 52

At Waldoboro Dec. 29, the Panthers fell behind early in the first quarter, but rallied and pulled ahead for good in the second quarter en route to their sixth win in seven games. Nokomis led 10-8 after the first eight minutes, but Medomak Valley took a 31-17 edge at halftime and extended its advantage to 48-33 after three quarters.

John Murray tallied 18 points to lead the Panthers, while Ryan Ripley added 15; Nicholas DePatsy, 10; Micah Williamson, six; Brandon Soper, four; Jonathan Hendrickson-Belloguet, three; and Vinnie Vannah, two.

For the Warriors, Spencer Hartsgrove scored 12 points, while Jake Winslow added 11; Andrew Cartwright and Drew Wing, both nine; Chandler Foss, seven; and Will Cartwright, four.

The Panthers were 19-of-29 (65 percent) from the foul line, while the Warriors were 5-of-7 (71 percent).

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Medomak Valley 54, Waterville 45

At Waldoboro Dec. 28, the Panthers and visiting Purple Panthers were embedded in a competitive contest throughout the night, with the hosts pulling away late to pick up the win. Medomak Valley led 11-10 after the first quarter, while Waterville nabbed a 21-20 lead at halftime. The Panthers retook a 33-30 cushion after three quarters.

Hendrickson-Belloguet netted 15 points to lead Medomak Valley, while Murray added 12; Ripley, 10; Soper, nine; Williamson, five; and Zach Starr, three. Murray also pulled down nine rebounds, while DePatsy and Ripley each had five caroms. Soper added five steals and Murray four, while Williamson made five steals.

For Waterville, Chris Hale tallied 13 points, while Josh Gormley added nine; Jordan Derosby, seven; J.P. Michaud, six; Justin Jabar, four; and Alan Wood, Owen Brown and Jacob Guthro, all two.

Medomak Valley netted 7-of-14 (50 percent) from the foul line, while Waterville converted 2-of-8 (25 percent).

In the Maine Principals' Association Heal Point Standings for Eastern Class B, Medomak Valley (6-1, 18.3642 points) is second, while Oceanside (6-1, 21.6049 points) is first in the 19-team region. The top 13 teams qualify for the playoffs.

Courier Publications sports staff can be reached by phone at 207-594-4401 or by email at sports@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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