What a game: Oceanside outlasts Medomak Valley in 2OTBoys hoops: Mariners, Panthers create an early-season court classic Dec. 18
Rockland — When two unbeaten high school boys basketball rivals meet on the court, even if early in the campaign, it is likely another classic regular-season battle will ensue and such was the case Tuesday night, Dec. 18 at Oceanside High School.
It took 32 minutes of frenzied regulation play, two four-minute overtimes and plenty of sizzling, nail-biting action from both teams before host Oceanside (4-0) cemented a hard-fought, 71-65, double-overtime win over Medomak Valley (3-1) in front of a packed gymnasium.
"I was proud of the way they played," said Oceanside coach Matt Breen of his players. "They battled. Both teams are good teams and both teams made runs, neither team got rattled by the runs, and that's a sign of a good team."
Isaiah Stone-Patterson played all 40 minutes for the Mariners, tossing in 19 points and sank two free throws with less than 20 seconds remaining in the second OT to put the hosts ahead by five points and, essentially, put the game out of reach for the Panthers.
"For him to be in that kind of [physical] shape and still be able to play at the level he was and have enough legs to make clutch free throws down the stretch, it says a lot about a kid," said Breen.
The junior guard was no worse for the wear after the game.
"I'm feeling alright," he said. "I could play another one."
Shea Davenport also had a 19-point performance for the hosts and pulled down 11 rebounds, while Nick Judge added 11 points; Hunter Grindle, 10 points; Tyler Gilson, eight points; Matt Zable, two points; and David Gould and Nick Mazurek, both one point.
Freshman Nicholas DePatsy led the balanced Panther scoring attack with 14 points, including drilling a clutch 3-pointer in transition with 3.3 seconds left in regulation to tie the game 59-59 and send the affair to overtime.
"It just ended up in his hands, he called for it and stuck it," said Medomak Valley coach Nick DePatsy of his son's game-tying field goal. "It was a big shot and a big confidence builder for him."
"He'd been shooting the ball well all game we talked about making sure we don't leave him [open]," said Breen of the younger DePatsy. "We had a little mental breakdown and it cost us, but luckily we were able to battle back."
The Mariner and Panthers scored four points each in the first overtime to send the game to a second overtime, when Oceanside outscored Medomak Valley 8-2 to pull away.
"Our shot selection in that last overtime wasn't really what we wanted," said coach DePatsy. "But we hit some big shots just to get into that overtime. We worked hard and we had different kids step up at different times."
Coach DePatsy said, in addition to his son's play, he credited the efforts of Ryan Ripley, Brandon Soper and Micah Williamson with keeping the visitors in the game, with Murray on the bench for much of the game in foul trouble.
Ripley had a 13-point, 10-rebound effort for the Panthers, while Jonathan Hendrickson-Belloguet added 12 points; Williamson and Soper, both 10; John Murray, four points; and Boone Olson, two points.
The Mariners were 2-of-10 (20 percent) from beyond the 3-point line and the Panthers 7-of-18 (39 percent), while the hosts were 15-of-21 (71 percent) from the free-throw line and the visitors 8-of-13 (61 percent).
Medomak led Oceanside 36-29 in turnovers in a game that included 10 ties and seven lead changes.
While Oceanside was without center Sam Meklin and forward Keenan Hendricks due to injury, Medomak Valley was without the 6-foot-8-inch Murray for much of the game due to foul trouble.
Murray fouled out of the game with 2:32 remaining in regulation.
Davenport gave the Mariners a 57-56 lead from the foul line on the heels of Murray's fifth foul, while Mazurek and Judge both added a free throw of their own in the waning seconds, to set up DePatsy's heroics.
Ripley got the Panthers going out of the gate in the first overtime with a three-point play, while Williamson added a free throw before Stone-Patterson rattled home a jumper from the top of the key and Davenport drove to the hoop and dished to an open Grindle, who converted from close range to tie the game.
Davenport then gave the hosts a 65-63 advantage with 2:50 left in the second overtime with a mid-range jumper, while Stone-Patterson came up with an offensive rebound and put up a floater in the lane with 1:40 left to put Oceanside ahead by four points.
Ripley then fouled out with 54 seconds left, which put Gilson at the foul line. The Mariner netted one free throw to extend Oceanside's lead to five points.
Williamson and Stone-Patterson traded free throws with less than 30 seconds remaining to round out the scoring.
The Panthers led 15-10 after the first quarter, while the game was knotted 28-28 at halftime. Medomak Valley took a 47-45 advantage after three quarters.
Both teams have little time to regroup for another pair of exciting rivalry games, with the Panthers set to host rival Lincoln Academy of Newcastle and the Mariners preparing to host Camden Hills on Friday, Dec. 21.
"We're going to get back at it [Wednesday] with practice, work hard [and] get back at it Friday [Dec. 21]," Stone-Patterson said.
Davenport came onto the court in the second half with teammate Hendricks' jersey on after getting blood on his jersey late in the first half. Hendricks was inactive for Tuesday's game with an ankle injury.
Both the Mariners and Panthers are expected to be serious Eastern Class B title contenders this winter and have been — and will continue to be — near or at the top of the Maine Principals' Association Heal Point Standings.
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