High school boys basketball

Panthers keep Mariners at arm's length in campaign's first game

Accurate free-throw shooting down stretch key for hosts
By Ken Waltz and Mark Haskell | Dec 06, 2013
Photo by: Mark Haskell There is a scrum on the floor for the ball between Oceanside, in blue, and Medomak Valley, in white, players during a Dec. 6 season-opening high school boys basketball game in Waldoboro. The host Panthers beat the Mariners 61-52. Among the players are Oceanside's Nick Mazurekk (15), Hunter Grindle (13) and David Gould, back, as well as Medomak Valley's Zach Starr (21), Zach Little, on floor, and Colton Spear.

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.

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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.

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