High school basketball

Coach, players believe: North Haven upsets high-ranking Forest Hills

Hawk boys secure perhaps 'biggest win' in school's history
By Mark Haskell | Jan 22, 2013

North Haven — North Haven boys and girls basketball coach Roman Cooper felt the need to shake things up Monday, Jan. 21 in the Hawks' home doubleheader with Forest Hills of Jackman as the veteran leader deviated from his typical game routine.

While the Hawk girls were shaking hands with the Tigers at the conclusion of their 66-40 loss and the Hawk boys were in the locker room entryway preparing to storm the court for pregame warmups, coach Cooper rushed the boys back into the locker room for a pep talk prior to taking on the Heal Point-worthy Tigers.

"I had [the players] all look me in the eye and I told them, 'The amazing part about this is a couple years ago my daughter [Brittany] told me the best gift that I ever gave her was that I believed in her,' " Cooper said. "And right now I'm telling you guys that I believe in you and I believe that you can win this game.

"And I want you to go out there and I want you to prove to everybody out there that you believe that you can win this game."

Talk about a speech. A speech that paid off for the Hawks in what Cooper called the most important victory in the history of the island boys hoop program.

North Haven knocked off Forest Hills 58-57 — the small Class D school's first victory over the Tigers — as fans, family and spectators stormed the court in celebration as the final buzzer sounded.

Listen to audio from coach Cooper by clicking the link below.

According to Cooper, who is the school's all-time points leader and a 1986 graduate, the Hawks have been playing the Tigers "for more than 20 years."

"It was like watching one of those college games where the No. 25 team beats the No. 1 [team]," said Cooper. "Everybody rushed the floor. This is probably the biggest win, I'd guess, in North Haven history."

The game was a seesaw battle throughout, as Forest Hills led 11-8 after the first quarter, North Haven led 28-27 at halftime and the two squads were knotted 45-45 after three quarters.

Avery Waterman poured in 22 points to lead the Hawks, while Aidan Emerson netted 20, including going 6-of-8 from beyond the 3-point line. Ethan Taylor and Dalton Hornby each added five points, while Zeb Campbell tallied four and Chase MacDonald two.

For Forest Hills. Evan Worster poured in a game-high 28 points, while Derek Ouellette, Brandon Ouellette and Matt Turner each added eight and Ryan Petrin five.

The Hawks were 1-of-2 (50 percent) from the foul line, while the Tigers were 11-of-16 (69 percent).

Forest Hills led 57-56 with about 1:30 left in the game when the Tigers got a steal and appeared to be poised for an easy layup. However, MacDonald poked the ball out of bounds.

North Haven eventually regained possession — only to have the ball be stolen a second time by Forest Hills — and the visitors failed on a field goal attempt as Waterman corralled the rebound.

Waterman, a 5-foot-11-inch guard, made a beautiful pass down the court and thread the needle between Tiger defenders to a streaking Campbell, hitting his teammate in stride for what proved to be the game-winning layup with about 45 seconds remaining.

The Hawk defense did the rest as Forest Hills' Brandon Ouellette had two shots at the basket with less than 10 seconds to go, but came up short, which gave North Haven the victory.

"It was unreal," said coach Cooper. "Everyone talks about seeing things in slow motion. That's how I saw that final 1:45. I still can't believe it."

The win, coupled with the team's two victories over Acadia Christian over the weekend, gives the Hawks a 10-2 record.

Forest Hills had been ranked first in Western Class D for much of the season prior to losing to North Haven.

The following is a recap of the North Haven boys' two games with Acadia Christian, in addition to the North Haven girls most recent three contests:

Boys basketball

North Haven 64, Acadia Christian 28

At Trenton Jan. 19, the Hawks had no trouble with the host Seahawks and soared to a convincing win. North Haven led 26-1, 46-4 and 53-24 at the quarter breaks.

Waterman led North Haven with 14 points, while Zeb Campbell added 13; MacDonald, nine; Hornby, six; Emerson and Taylor, both five; Caleb Campbell, four; Caleb Mao and Tristan Carrier, both three; and Adam Murphy, two.

For Acadia Christian, Jake Chase netted 18 points, while Spencer Young added 10.

The Hawks were 4-of-9 (44 percent) from the charity stripe, while the Seahawks were 4-of-8 (50 percent).

North Haven 72, Acadia Christian 17

At Trenton Jan. 18, the Hawks made it look easy against the Seahawks and prevailed by 55 points. North Haven led 15-6, 39-9 and 57-10 at the quarter breaks.

Waterman netted 16 points for the winners, while Taylor added 15; Hornby, 13; MacDonald, 10; Mao, seven; Emerson, six; and Murphy, five.

For the Seahawks, Young netted 11 points, while Chase tallied six.

North Haven was 12-of-20 (60 percent) from the foul line, while Acadia Christian was 6-of-12 (50 percent).

In the Maine Principals' Association Heal Point Standings for Western Class D, North Haven (8-2, 19.5348 points) is sixth, while Hyde School of Bath (9-0, 37.8028 points) is first in the 14-team region. The top nine teams qualify for the playoffs.

North Haven's two victories over Acadia Christian have not been added to the Heal Point Standings.

Girls basketball

Forest Hills 66, North Haven 40

At North Haven Jan. 21, the Tigers doubled up the host Hawks in the first quarter and never looked back, prevailing by 26 points. Forest Hills led 26-13, 41-21 and 50-29 at the quarter breaks.

Gina MacDonald scored 18 points for the Hawks, while Maddie Hallowell added 11; Samantha Sparhawk, six; and Mya Goodell, five.

For Forest Hills, Kori Coro netted 19 points, while Anna Carrier added 17; Haley Cuddy, 10; Dana McNally, nine; Keely Taylor, six; Josie Hoyt, four; and Jessica Hoyt, two.

The Hawks were 4-of-17 (23 percent) from the foul line, while the Tigers were 7-of-19 (37 percent).

North Haven 43, Acadia Christian 11

At Trenton Jan. 19, the Hawks stymied the host Seahawks for the first three quarters and picked up their third win of the year. North Haven led 16-0, 30-0 and 38-0 at the quarter breaks.

MacDonald scored 17 points for the visitors, while Hallowell added 13; Goodell, seven; Sparhawk, four; and Adrianna Ames, two.

For Acadia Christian, Annie Abbott netted four points, while Beth Wilbur, Cora Bishop and Delaney Dunn each scored two and Christy Beal one.

The Hawks were 2-of-8 (25 percent) from the foul line, while the Seahawks were 1-of-2 (50 percent).

North Haven 46, Acadia Christian 7

At Trenton Jan. 18, the Hawks had no trouble with the host Seahawks and soared to their most lopsided victory of the season. Acadia Christian led 5-4 after the first quarter, while North Haven rallied to take a 21-5 lead at halftime and a 29-7 edge after three quarters.

Hallowell dumped in 19 points for the islanders, while MacDonald added 12; Goodell, eight; Sparhawk, three; and Kennadi Cooper, two.

For the Seahawks, Bishop netted three points, while Dunn and Wilbur each added two.

North Haven netted 3-of-15 (20 percent) free-throw attempts, while Acadia Christian went 0-of-5.

In the Maine Principals' Association Heal Point Standings for Western Class D, North Haven (1-8, 0.9766 points) is 11th, while Richmond (10-2, 37.2549 points) is first in the 13-team region. The top nine teams qualify for the playoffs.

North Haven's two victories over Acadia Christian have not been added to the Heal Point Standings.

Courier Publications Associate Sports Director Mark Haskell can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by email at mhaskell@courierpublicationsllc.com.

Comments (1)
Posted by: Carrie Adams | Jan 22, 2013 17:09

Great job Hawks.  You deserved it.

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