No. 1 Mariners surge into 2013 with two more winsTalented Oceanside makes quick work of Hornets, Black Bears over weekend
Rockland — The Oceanside boys basketball squad, which can overwhelm opponents with tremendous height, defense, perimeter shooting, depth and overall talent, will enter 2013 as the number one team in Eastern Class B, sporting a 6-1 record.
The team's mark improved by two games with a pair of weekend victories over a 24-hour span, one after a long bus trip to Turner Friday night, Dec. 28 and the other at home Saturday afternoon, Dec. 29.
Oceanside defeated visiting Maranacook of Readfield 65-51 Saturday, after downing host Leavitt of Turner 62-40 Friday.
The Mariners rolled to comfortable early leads against both the Black Bears and Hornets, but Maranacook rallied back a bit to make Saturday's game somewhat competitive early in the second half before the Mariners again surged away.
In the Maine Principals' Association Heal Point Standings for Eastern Class B, the Mariners (6-1, 21.6049 points) are first, while Medomak Valley of Waldoboro (6-1, 18.3642 points) is second in the 19-team region. The top 13 squads qualify for the playoffs. Oceanside beat Medomak Valley 71-65 in double-overtime earlier in the season, while falling to rival Camden Hills 66-63 for its lone loss.
At Rockland Dec. 29 against Maranacook, Oceanside led 16-5, 30-22 and 50-40 at the quarter breaks, as Tyler Gilson poured in 17 points; Shea Davenport, 11; Nick Judge, nine; David Gould, eight; Isaiah Stone-Patterson and Sam Meklin, both seven; and Hunter Grindle, four. The Mariners made four 3-pointers and 13-of-18 free throws (72 percent). Gilson netted 10 points in the first half.
For the Black Bears, six-foot-eight-inch Kyle Boucher tallied 27 points; Taylor Wilbur, 15; Caleb Jackson, five; James Boyman, three; and Jesse Evans, one. Maranacook netted 5-of-10 foul shots (50 percent).
At Turner Dec. 28 against Leavitt, Oceanside led 18-12, 23-21 and 39-32 at the quarter breaks.
Keyng the Mariners were Stone-Patterson with 18 points; Davenport, 16; Judge, eight; Gilson and Meklin, both six; Nick Mazurek, four; and Eli Thorbjornson and Gould, both two. Oceanside made 6-of-7 foul shots (86 percent).
For Leavitt, Andrew Middleton tallied 13 points and Zac Gaudette eight to lead the charge.
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