ROCKLAND — For the fans in attendance at the Midcoast Sternmen’s home contest at the Flanagan Center on Saturday, Aug. 7, free basketball — in the form of an overtime period — allowed the spectators to see how the local professional basketball team responded with their backs against the wall.

For the majority of the contest, the Sternmen (5-3) found themselves ahead by double-digits, but saw Pocono (4-1) roar back in the fourth quarter to tie the game and force overtime.

Midcoast trailed for the majority of the extra time by only a point, and with 21.3 seconds left on the clock — behind 111-110 — the Sternmen had the ball in their hands to decide the fate of the game.

Midcoast got a good look as the time ticked down as Joey Puddister put up a jump shot from the left elbow, and the ball bounced off the front of the rim, but Sternman Trevon Butler managed to get his hands on the offensive rebound before the ball was stripped away as he fell to the ground.

All hope was not lost for Midcoast, though, as it had a foul to give to stop the clock and used it. On the ensuing inbounds for the Peacemakers, the visitors lost control of the ball as it fell out of bounds at midcourt, which gave the Sternmen one final opportunity to steal back a victory.

The ball was inbounded to Puddister at midcourt with 3.1 seconds to play, as the guard took a few steps to the top-of-the-key, put up a shot as the buzzer sounded, but the ball bounced off the rim to give Pocono a 111-110 win.

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The Sternmen led 30-17 after one quarter, 56-41 at halftime, 82-69 after three stanzas and the game was tied 99-99 at the end of regulation.

Carter Skaggs led Midcoast with 30 points — all via three-pointers — while Butler tallied 23 points; Puddister, 20; Jalen LeRoy and Will Rosenthal, 14; Izaiah Winston-Brooks, six; and Thomas Enerva, four.

Midcoast netted 17 treys, as Skaggs made 10; Puddister, four; LeRoy, two; and Butler, one.

Tyree Gibson keyed Pocono with 31 points, as Will Johnson added 27; Keshawn Palmer, 16; Isiah Walker and Khali White, 11; James Stanbach, five; Daiquan Williams and David Fenix, four; and Mack Jameson, one.

The Peacemakers netted nine shots from behind-the-arc, as Johnson and Walker connected on three; and Gibson, White and Stanbach, one.

The Sternmen were 10-of-17 (58 percent) from the foul line, while Pocono was 16-of-26 (61 percent).

Midcoast sits in third place in the Northeast Division standings, behind the New York Generals (5-1) and Peacemakers (4-1) with three games — two at home and one on the road — to play.

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