Panthers keep Mariners at arm's length in campaign's first gameAccurate free-throw shooting down stretch key for hosts
Waldoboro — The Medomak Valley boys basketball team clawed to an early lead and then kept visiting Oceanside at arm's length the rest of the way en route to a 61-52 season-opening victory on Friday night, Dec. 6.
The Panthers led 19-10, 34-25 and 47-42 at the quarter breaks. The Mariners made a second-half push but could not get over the top after digging an early hole.
It was the second game of a girls-boys varsity doubleheader to start the campaign (see separate girls story).
Keying the host Panthers were Nicholas DePatsy with 15 points; Colton Spear, Zach Starr and Micah Williamson, all 11; Hunter Baughman, six; Michael Wadsworth, five; and Hunter Wincapaw and Zach Little, both two.
Medomak Valley literally kept a step ahead of Oceanside thanks, in part, to making three 3-pointers, including two from Starr, and an eye-opening 16-of-22 free throws, including DePatsy icing all nine foul shots he attempted.
The Panthers sank 8-of-9 free throws in the final, decisive quarter, seven from DePatsy.
For Oceanside, Isaiah Stone-Patterson poured in a game-high 22 points, including drilling two treys; while Hunter Grindle added 10 points; David Gould and Nick Judge, both seven; Nick Mazurek, three; and Zach Peaco, two.
The Mariners netted 11-of-19 foul shots (58 percent).
The Panthers led by as many as 12 points in the first half after Starr connected on a trey early in the second quarter. In fact, DePatsy's layup at the buzzer to end first half gave the hosts a nine-point edge at the break.
However, Oceanside did not give up and tied the game 41-41 on Judge's corner 3-pointer with 2:40 left in the third stanza. Panther Baughman then netted two key shots in the final 1:10 of the quarter, including one at the buzzer to put Medomak Valley ahead 47-42.
DePatsy essentially put the game on ice for the hosts down the stretch with his hot touch from the free-throw line.
Oceanside led 3-1 early in the game, but Medomak Valley held a cushion most of the remainder of the contest.