No. 8 Islesboro gives No. 1 Forest Hills tough testIslanders also beat Richmond in prelim playoff game
Augusta — The final score may not indicate it, but the Islesboro boys basketball team turned in a strong overall performance and gave its top-ranked opponent a solid test during a Saturday afternoon, Feb. 15 Western Class D high school quarterfinal playoff game at the August Civic Center.
The No. 9 Eagles (9-9) ended up falling to No. 1 Forest Hills of Jackman (17-2) 60-47, but the contest was much closer, at times, during the 32-minute affair.
Before heading to Augusta, Islesboro also defeated No. 8 Richmond (9-10) 55-47 in a regional prelim playoff road game on Wednesday, Feb. 12.
On Saturday in Augusta, the Tigers led 16-7, 26-15 and 43-32 at the quarter breaks.
Keying the Eagles were Fin Conte with 16 points; Cameron Jack, seven; Connor Grindle, six; Jake Pellagrino and Forrest Boucher, five; Avery Grindle, three; and Ian Davis and Ben Rollins, two. Pellagrino made the team's lone 3-pointer and the islanders netted 11-of-15 free throws (73 percent).
Conte also grabbed 10 rebounds, Jack finished with four rebounds and three assists and Boucher three assists
For Forest Hills, Ryan Petrin proved unstoppable as he dumped in 31 points; Tanner Daigle, 10; Brandon Ouellette, seven; and Mathew Turner, six. Petrin tallied two points in the first quarter, 10 in the second, 12 in the third and seven in the fourth. The Tigers made 9-of-14 foul shots (64 percent).
On Feb. 12 at Richmond, the game was tied 14-14 after the first eight minutes before the Eagles led 29-23 at halftime and 43-34 after three stanzas.
For the visitors, Jack tallied 17 points; Boucher, 16; Conte, 10; Avery Grindle, five; Pellagrino, three; and Connor Grindle, two. The Eagles made four 3-pointers, including two from Jack, and 11-of-24 foul shots (46 percent).
For the Bobcats, Mike Stewart tallied 12 points; Cameron Emmons, 10; Matt Holt, eight; Sean Bernier, seven; Brendan Emmons and Tyler Soucy, four; and Bailey Johansen, two. Richmond made 3-of-11 foul shots (27 percent).
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Ken Waltz has been member of the media 30 years and has received hundreds of Maine Press Association and New England Press Association awards for his writing, photography and page design. He studied journalism at the University of Maine in Orono. He lives in South Thomaston with his wife, Sarah. The couple has an adult son, Brandon.
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