Panthers hold off Windjammers in early-season battleMVHS' Ripley tallies 23 points, while Hendrickson-Belloguet adds 19
Waldoboro — There is something about high school boys basketball games between Midcoast rivals Medomak Valley and Camden Hills that brings out the best in both teams.
That fact rang true again in an early-season showdown between the two 1-0 squads Tuesday night, Dec, 11, though the contest looked to be a lopsided affair from the onset.
The Panthers (2-0) roared to large lead in the first quarter but the Windjammers (1-1) stormed back to make a game of it over the final three quarters. However, in the end, two 3-point shot attempts from the visitors over the final 10 seconds rimmed out and Medomak Valley survived with a 63-60 victory.
Camden Hills’ Colin Morse and Medomak Valley’s John Murray are heralded by many as two of the top players in the Midcoast; however, it was Ryan Ripley who stole the show for the Panthers on this night, as he poured in 23 points to lead the hosts to victory.
The Panthers led 24-8 after the first eight minutes and 30-25 at halftime, while Camden Hills took a 40-39 lead after three quarters.
Jonathan Hendrickson-Belloguet also tossed in 19 points for the winners, while Murray added nine; Micah Williamson, six; Brandon Soper, four; and Nick DePatsy, two.
Chandler Crans netted 17 points to pace the ‘Jammers, while Morse added 14; Connor Hart and Jayson Kuhn, both 12; Joe Chamberlain, three; and Connor Graffam, two.
Both teams had terrific performances from the charity stripe, with Camden Hills netting 8-of-10 attempts (80 percent), while Medomak Valley converted 11-of-13 (84 percent).
Medomak Valley extended its advantage to six points in the final stanza on an offensive putback by Murray, but Kuhn buried a trey in front of the Camden Hills bench to bring the visitors within 53-50.
The Panthers then scored four straight points on a nifty move in the paint from Ripley and a pair of free throws from Soper, but the Windjammers continued to pick away at the Panther lead and eventually cut their deficit to 61-57 on a pair of Kuhn free throws and a layup by Crans off a steal at midcourt with 35.6 remaining.
The two squads jockeyed back and forth with the ball when Hendrickson-Belloguet missed the second of two free throws with under 15 seconds remaining and the Panthers clinging to a three-point lead.
Both Morse and Chandler Crans had a look at the potential game-tying 3-pointer, but both shots rimmed out and the ball sailed out of bounds with fourth-tenths of a second remaining to seal the win for the hosts.
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