High school boys basketball

Camden Hills edges Medomak Valley in first court classic of 2014

Morse, Crans key visitors' two-point victory with combined 41 points
By Ken Waltz and Mark Haskell | Jan 05, 2014
Photo by: Mark Haskell Medomak Valley's Micah Williamson (15) looks for a way around Camden Hills' Jayson Kuhn during a Jan. 4 high school boys basketball game in Waldoboro. The visiting Windjammers pulled out a thrilling 62-60 win.

Waldoboro — Forget the fact outdoor temperatures had dipped below zero in recent days or that the highly-anticipated regional tournament at the new Cross Insurance Center in Bangor will not begin for another month because the Medomak Valley and Camden Hills boys basketball squads heated up the gymnasium with playoff-type competition on Saturday night, Jan. 4 in what may be considered another regular-season classic between the Midcoast rivals.

When the Panthers and Windjammers collide, it often is an epic court adventure and that again was the case in a makeup game from Friday, Jan. 3.

The rivals had played few meaningful games in recent weeks due to inclement weather, poor road conditions and the holiday seasons. But the Panthers and Windjammers made up for that recent court absence with a tremendous, fun-filled, spirited battle in front of a near capacity crowd Saturday.

In the end, the visiting Windjammers held on for a Heal Point-worthy 62-60 victory over the Panthers.

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Watch video from the varsity game below.

Camden Hills started fast and led 19-9 after the first quarter, 35-27 after two and 51-41 at the third-quarter break. However, Medomak Valley outscored Camden Hills 19-11 in the fourth stanza to make things interesting.

For Camden Hills, Colin Morse tallied 22 points and Chandler Crans 19. Morse scored 10 points in the first quarter and eight in the third. Crans netted 10 points in the first stanza and seven in the pivotal final eight minutes. Crans and Morse both drilled two 3-pointers as the Windjammers connected on eight for the game.

Also scoring for the Windjammers were Connor Graffam with eight points; Jayson Kuhn, six; Andrew Hall, five; and Terron Bailey, two. Kuhn netted two treys and Andrew Hall and Graffam both one. Camden Hills netted 4-of-14 free throws (29 percent).

For Medomak Valley, Nicholas DePatsy poured in 26 points, including making all 10 of his free throws. Zach Little added 16 points.

Also scoring for the hosts were Michael Wadsworth with seven points; Zach Starr, six; Hunter Baughman, four; and Cam Allaire, two. DePatsy poured in 14 points in the first half and 12 points in the second. Little also hit two treys and 6-of-8 foul shots.

The Panthers netted 20-of-29 free throws (69 percent).

Morse, who scored more than 20 points in a game for the fifth time this season, fouled out with 6:23 left in regulation.

Medomak Valley never led, but the game was tied 58-58 in the fourth quarter. At that point, Graffam grabbed a defensive rebound and made a baseball pass down the court to Crans, who converted a conventional 3-point play to give the visitors a 61-58 advantage.

Little then iced two foul shots to bring the Panthers within 61-60. Baughman had an opportunity to give MVHS a lead from the foul line with 12.3 seconds remaining, but missed two free throws.

Camden Hills used back to back treys by Morse and Crans to start game. And Graffam converted an incredible, one-handed tip-in at the first-quarter buzzer on an inbounds play under the Windjammer basket.

Camden Hills went on a 16-5 run to start the third quarter and Medomak Valley later went on an 18-0 run to pull within 51-50 before Graffam connected on a crucial 3-pointer to put the visitors ahead 54-50.

Camden Hills outrebounded Medomak Valley 38-26.

Graffam, Morse and John Hall all grabbed eight rebounds for the Windjammers, while DePatsy had six boards and Baughman seven for the Panthers.

Both teams finished with 18 turnovers.

DePatsy carried Medomak Valley at times during the contest, several times willing the hosts back with accurate free-throw shooting and timely hoops.

In the Maine Principals' Association Heal Point Standings for Eastern Class B, Camden Hills (6-1, 19.4753 points) is third and Medomak Valley (4-3, 14.4444 points) seventh. Caribou (6-2, 20.3086) is first in the 13-team region. The top eight teams qualify for the playoffs.

Camden Hills at Medomak Valley boys basketball
Camden Hills and Medomak Valley boys varsity basketball teams battle Jan. 4 in Waldoboro. (Video by: Mark Haskell and Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Comments (1)
Posted by: Timothy Wayne Scott | Jan 05, 2014 10:23

Good close game.  However if Camden Hills shot 29 percent on free throws, I'd suggest practice for EVERYONE on that.  I've seen grade school teams shoot a higher percentage most days. 

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