With Rockland and Nokomis tied 49-49 with four minutes left in regulation, it looked as if the host Tigers might let Monday’s night’s boys basketball makeup game with the Warriors slip away.

However, the Tigers refocused and after a few timely fastbreak hoops and a handful of free throws down the stretch, the hosts secured their sixth win of the season with a 66-54 decision. The game originally was scheduled for Saturday, but was postponed due to a snowstorm.

On Monday, the Tigers (6-2) led virtually the entire game, with the Warriors of Newport taking a brief cushion in the first quarter and another in the fourth stanza. Rockland, still playing without starting point guard Lucas Morrill, who is out with an ankle sprain, led 12-5, 30-25 and 43-38 at the quarter breaks.

Chris Nolan led the Tigers, who are fifth in the most recent Eastern Class B Heal Point Standings, with 17 points, six rebounds and four assists, while Dylan Meklin added 15 points, seven rebounds and four assists. Also contributing offensively for the Tigers were Josh Harjula (14 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists), Aidan Hadley (12 points, 5 rebounds) David Harrison (4 points), Derek Gustin (2 points, 3 rebounds, 5 assists) and Joe Nelsen (2 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists).

Chris Braley poured in 34 points to lead the Warriors (1-7), while Jake Welch added six, John Adams five, Ethan Pearl four, Conner Higgins three and Rue Libby two.

Both teams shot well at the foul line, as the Tigers were 14-of-18 (78 percent) and the Warriors 17-of-22 (77 percent).

With the game knotted 49-49 and four minutes remaining, Rockland rattled off six points in less than a minute to take a 55-49 lead. Harjula penetrated to the hoop for the Tigers, followed by a Hadley basket off an offensive rebound and a short-range jumper from Meklin on the baseline, which prompted a Nokomis timeout.

Hadley then increased the hosts’ lead to eight points with another field goal at the 2:30-mark and, after a Nokomis field goal trimmed the Rockland lead to six, Meklin converted on a 3-point play on a jump shot near the foul line to push the lead to 60-52.

The Warriors again cut their deficit to six points on another field goal, but a fastbreak hoop off a steal from Harjula and a pair of Nolan free throws bumped the Tiger cushion up to 10 points with 1:20 left, essentially securing the win for Rockland.

Also at Sabattus Wednesday, visiting Rockland nipped the hosts from Oak Hill 58-54. The Tigers trailed 14-12, 36-28 and 45-41 at the quarter breaks, but battled back and outscored the Raiders 17-9 over the final eight minutes to pull out the victory.

Nolan poured in 29 points to lead Rockland, while Meklin also had a terrific effort with 24 points. Hadley also had four points for the Tigers and Gustin one.

Tim Levesque led Oak Hill with 21 points, while Ben Foss added 11, Cam Morin 10 and Jake Samson seven.

The Tigers were 9-of-18 (50 percent) from the foul line and the Raiders 13-of-19 (68 percent).

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Village NetMedia Associate Sports Director Mark Haskell can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail at mhaskell@villagesoup.com.