In their third straight home contest and badly in need of a win to stay in the Eastern Class B playoff race, the Rockland boys basketball team hosted Medomak Valley Tuesday night in what was, for the Tigers, a pivotal game in their season.

However, the Panthers, fresh off their third loss of the season Saturday to host Maranacook of Readfield, came ready to play and were focused to remain in the thick of the postseason hunt as well.

Medomak Valley received a 25-point performance from senior center Alex MacKenzie as Rockland could not get its offense clicking until the game was out of reach. Thus, the Panthers swept the season series with the Tigers by way of Tuesday’s 67-49 victory.

In second game of the varsity doubleheader at Rockland, the Medomak Valley girls also got a win Tuesday night in the varsity doubleheader, as they took the nightcap from winless Rockland 62-29.

Boys game

Rockland had a difficult time shooting from the field in the first half Tuesday. Whether their shots were being contested or not, the Tigers found the net only four times in the first half. The poor first-half shooting could play the Tigers, who are in the midst of a six-game losing streak, out of the playoffs for the first time since the 2006-07 season.

Medomak Valley (12-3) led 11-4, 31-14 and 44-31 at the quarter breaks.

Isaac Greenrose added 17 points in Medomak Valley’s win, while Isaac Durkee chipped in 12; Dan Aubel, seven; Dustin Osier, four; and John Bartlett, two.

Chris Nolan paced the Tigers (7-8) with 15 points, while Luke Morrill added 12; Aidan Hadley, six; Dylan Meklin and Josh Harjula, both five; Derek Gustin, four; and Ryan Ecker, two.

The Tigers were 10-of-16 (63 percent) from the free-throw line, while the Panthers were 15-of-24 (63 percent), including 11-of-15 in the fourth quarter.

The Panthers began to pull away in the second quarter. Greenrose converted a pair of free throws and after knocking down a trey from the top of the key, followed by a close-range hoop from MacKenzie, Medomak Valley quickly took an 18-5 lead. Osier then converted on an offensive board to put the visitors up 15.

Rockland got off to a hot start to begin the third quarter, going on a 10-3 run thanks to a Hadley hoop on a nifty pass from Morrill, 3-pointers from Harjula and Morrill and one free throw apiece from both Gustin and Harjula to bring the hosts within 10 points. Then MacKenzie was fouled in the act of shooting and, after missing the conventional 3-point opportunity, Aubel converted on the offensive rebound to put the Panther lead back to 38-24.

Morrill and Nolan then converted field goals to bring Rockland within 10 points and, after MacKenzie pushed the Medomak Valley lead back to 12 with another short-range hoop, Morrill canned a 3-pointer to bring Rockland within single digits for the first time since early in the second quarter.

Rockland would get no closer, however, as MacKenzie extended Medomak Valley’s lead back to 13 points on a field goal and a pair of free throws to end the third quarter.

The Tigers’ final three games of the season are against Belfast, Lincoln Academy of Newcastle and at defending state champion Camden Hills.

Medomak Valley (12-3, 74.5370 points) currently is fifth in the Eastern Class B Heal Point Standings, while Rockland (7-8, 39.9691 points) is 11th. Camden Hills (14-1, 98.3025 points) is the top team in the region. The top 10 teams qualify for the postseason in Eastern Class B.

Click for more photos from the Medomak Valley at Rockland boys game.

Girls game

Medomak Valley led 13-4, 29-12 and 47-20 at the quarter breaks en route to an easy win over the young, winless Tigers.

Danielle Dyer paced Medomak Valley (11-4) with 14 points, while Lindsay Ranquist added 13; Ericka Christensen, 10; Alanna Vose, six; Nicole Peterson, five; Lacy Massengale, four; Ashley Rackliff, two; and Kelsi Severson, one.

For the Tigers (0-15), Hannah Sirois scored 13 points, while Macy MacArthur added eight; Danica Hoper and Allie Curtis, both three; and Hayli Kinney and Hannah Plourde, both one.

The Panthers were 14-of-22 (63 percent) from the foul line, while the Tigers were 5-of-14 (36 percent).

Dyer hit a 3-pointer on the first possession of the game for the Panthers to put the visitors up 3-0. The score would stay that way until midway through the first quarter when Dyer converted on a 3-point play with five minutes remaining to extend the visitors’ lead to 6-0.

Sirois then scored on back-to-back close-range jump shots to close the gap to 6-4. Vose then knocked down a trey from the wing and, after two Massengale free throws and Ranquist converting an offensive rebound, the Panthers led 13-4 at the end of the first eight minutes.

Medomak Valley then put the game out of reach midway through the second quarter. After Dyer connected on a 3-pointer and a basket underneath from Severson, Ranquist converted a four-point play as she was fouled on a 3-point basket that banked through the hoop, extending the Panther lead to 25-8.

Medomak Valley (11-4, 57.2840 points) currently is ranked sixth in the Eastern Class B playoff race, while Rockland (0-15, no points) is last. Presque Isle (14-1, 97.5309 points) is the top team in the region.

Click for more photos from the Medomak Valley at Rockland girls game.

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