The Rockland basketball squads had Friday night dates with Maine Central Institute of Pittsfield and neither playing the Huskies at home or away helped the Tigers figure out how to secure a win.

When all was said and done, MCI had nailed down a 57-45 victory in the boys game played in Pittsfield and a 40-34 win in the girls game played in Rockland.

Boys

At Pittsfield, Jacob Hunt tossed in 27 points and hauled down 10 rebounds to lead MCI over the Tigers. Craig Reazor added 15 points for the Huskies, while Nick Cook chipped in eight points and 10 rebounds.

For the Tigers, Chris Nolan continued his consistent season with 17 points, while Aidan Hadley added 11.

MCI, which made six 3-pointers, including three from Hunt, grabbed the early momentum with a 20-9 lead after one quarter and 30-13 cushion at halftime. The Tiger offensive continued to struggle in the second half and the Huskies led 41-27 after three quarters.

Dylan Meklin added eight points, Joe Nelsen four, Derek Gustin three and Josh Harjula two for the Tigers. Nolan also made three treys.

The outcome was an upset for MCI, which is 4-7 and 16th (9.8519 points) in the most recent Maine Principals’ Association Heal Point Standings for Eastern Class B. Rockland is 7-4 and eighth (30.8025 points) in the same region. Camden Hills (13-0, 77.22531 points) is first in the 19-team region.

Girls

The Tigers continue to knock on the door of their first win, but cannot find a way to walk through the opening. That happened again Friday night at home in a 40-34 loss to the Huskies.

Picabo Morrell scored 12 points, Ashley Kitchin nine and Meghan Hughes eight to lead MCI by Rockland. Hannah Sirois paced Rockland with 11 points and Macy MacArthur added nine.

Rockland led 11-7 after one quarter but trailed 17-16 at halftime and 27-24 after three stanzas.

Also scoring for Rockland were Leia Dennison and Phoebe Ferraiolo both with four; and Hayli Kinney, Allie Curtis and Emma Davis, all two.

Statistical leaders for the Tigers were MacArthur (18 rebounds, 2 blocked shots), Sirois (3 rebounds), Kinney (4 rebounds, 2 assists), Curtis (2 rebounds), Dennison (4 rebounds), Brighde Curtin (2 rebounds), Hannah Plourde (9 rebounds, 2 steals), Ferraiolo (4 rebounds) and Davis (3 rebounds).

“We had a few plays that I think made the difference in the game, which ultimately took the wind out of our sails,” said Tiger coach Teel Foster. “These girls just need to realize that the number one focus is to take care of the ball when we have possession [and] capitalize when we create a turnover. Deep down I just hope these girls know that despite our record they are improving and hopefully learning from all our little mental lapses.”

Rockland is 0-12 and 19th (no points) in the most recent Heal Point Standings for Eastern Class B. MCI is 17th (2-10, 2.7160 points). At this point, neither team is in the regional playoff mix.

Village NetMedia Regional Editor/Sports Director Ken Waltz can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail at kwaltz@villagesoup.com.