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High school boys basketball

Medomak Valley slowly pulls away from rival Camden Hills in fourth quarter

McKenney, Brown pace host Panther offense, while Fraser keys visitors
By Mark Haskell | Dec 11, 2019
Photo by: Mark Haskell Medomak Valley's Parker Morrison, middle, splits a trio of Camden Hills defenders on his way to the basket on Dec. 10 in high school boys basketball in Waldoboro. The Panthers beat the Windjammers 62-46.

Waldoboro — As the high school boys basketball teams shook off a little early-season rust, the Tuesday night, Dec. 10 contest between Camden Hills and host Medomak Valley did not disappoint as the game was in doubt deep into the fourth quarter.

The Midcoast rivals were close throughout the majority of the early-season contest before the Panthers — aided by a 10-point, fourth-quarter effort from Trevor Brown — slowly pulled away from the Windjammers in the final minutes and emerged with a 62-46 victory.

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Medomak Valley led 16-11 after the first quarter, 21-18 at halftime and 41-35 after three stanzas.

The Panthers improved to 2-0 on the young campaign, while the Windjammers dropped to 0-2.

Patrick McKenney led all scorers for 17 points and had what veteran Panther coach Nick DePatsy called “an all together good floor game on the offensive end” for the hosts.

“He’s been stellar for us,” said DePatsy of McKenney, who also chipped in with four assists. “And the other kids are picking it up too little by little. Good takeaways from the game, we’ve just got to be a little more consistent.”

Brown aided the Panthers as well with a 16-point effort, while Gabe Allaire added 10; Jake Bickmore, seven; Parker Morrison, five; Jacob Craig, four; and Aiden Starr, three. Allaire also pulled down seven rebounds and Brown and Bickmore six.

Jeremy Fraser keyed Camden Hills with 13 points, while Ben Craft and Aidan Schecter added six; Casey Messer, Skye Abaldo and Ryan Clifford, five; Jon Runnion-Bareford, four; and Liam O’Neal, two.

Fraser (9 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals), Schecter (8 rebounds), Abaldo (7 rebounds) and Clifford (5 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals) also chipped in for the Windjammers.

“We felt pretty positive [throughout the game],” said Camden Hills coach John Moro. “There’s always things you can do better, but I’m encouraged. Give us a couple more weeks and we’ll be ready for them next time. The effort was there.”

The Panthers were 11-of-25 (44 percent) from the charity stripe, while the Windjammers were 8-of-14 (57 percent).

DePatsy credited the Windjammers — fresh off a 62-57 season-opening loss at Gardiner — and said, “They came in here with a little swagger and they gritted and they played hard."

“We missed a lot of shots,” he said. "A lot of easy bunny shots, but they defended well. Give them credit. Finally in the fourth quarter we executed better, we started moving better and getting some easy shots.”

McKenney scored the first five points of the game for Medomak Valley, but he later collided with Fraser and had a small gash open up on his forehead.

McKenney returned minutes later with a thoroughly bandaged head and continued to deliver a star effort for the hosts.

Medomak Valley led by no more than six points throughout the first half and Camden Hills cut its deficit to 30-28 midway through the third quarter when Craft scored on an uncontested layup.

McKenney hit a trey to extend the Panther lead to five points, but Abaldo responded with a conventional three-point play to keep the Windjammers within 33-31.

The Panthers went on a 6-0 run after a Morrison 3-pointer, McKenney free throw and a twisting, off-balance hoop from the block off the glass by McKenney to give the hosts their largest lead at 39-31.

Camden Hills did not quit well into the fourth quarter when an O’Neal layup brought the visitors within 45-41 with 5:48 to go, but Medomak Valley pulled away over the game’s final minutes as a trey by Allaire with 2:42 to play gave the Panthers their first double-digit lead of the game at 56-44.

Moro, in his first year coaching the Windjammer varsity after longtime coach Jeff Hart stepped down after 37 years, said, “I thought we did a great job on the boards and we’re going to continue to improve our shooting.”

Camden Hills at Medomak Valley boys basketball
Medomak Valley hosts Camden Hills on Dec. 10 in high school boys basketball in Waldoboro. (Video by: Mark Haskell and Zack Miller)
Medomak Valley's Aiden Starr, left, and Gabe Allaire. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Medomak Valley's Trevor Brown. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Medomak Valley's Trevor Brown, front, and Camden Hills' Liam O'Neal. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Ryan Clifford, left, and Medomak Valley's Gabe Allaire. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Ryan Clifford, left, and Medomak Valley's Gabe Allaire. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Medomak Valley's Patrick McKenney, left, and Camden Hills' Liam O'Neal. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Medomak Valley's Trevor Brown, back, and Camden Hills' Jon Runnion-Bareford. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Jon Runnion-Bareford, front, and Andrew Proscia, right, as well as Medomak Valley's Jacob Craig. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Medomak Valley's Jacob Craig, left, and Camden Hills' Jon Runnion-Bareford. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Liam O'Neal, left, and Andrew Proscia, right, as well as Medomak Valley's Patrick McKenney, middle. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Liam O'Neal, left, and Andrew Proscia, right, as well as Medomak Valley's Patrick McKenney, middle. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Liam Clifford. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Medomak Valley's Aiden Starr, middle, and Camden Hills' Andrew Proscia, left, and Casey Messer. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Medomak Valley's Trevor Brown, middle, and Camden Hills' Ryan Clifford, left, and Casey Messer, right. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Christopher Abaldo, front, and Medomak Valley's Jacob Craig. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Medomak Valley's Patrick McKenney. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Medomak Valley's Parker Morrison, right, and Camden Hills' Hunter Norton. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Medomak Valley's Parker Morrison, right, and Camden Hills' Hunter Norton. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Medomak Valley's Trevor Brown, left, and Camden Hills' Ryan Clifford. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Medomak Valley's Jake Bickmore, middle, and Trevor Brown, right, as well as Camden Hills' Josh Pearse. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Medomak Valley's Jake Bickmore, right, and Camden Hills' Josh Pearse. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Medomak Valley's Patrick McKenney. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Medomak Valley's Patrick McKenney. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Hunter Norton, left, and Medomak Valley's Jake Bickmore. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Medomak Valley's Jake Bickmore. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Medomak Valley's Patrick McKenney. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Ryan Clifford, front, and Medomak Valley's Gabe Allaire. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Ryan Clifford, front, and Medomak Valley's Gabe Allaire. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Liam O'Neal, right. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Christopher Abaldo. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camen Hills' Christopher Abaldo, left, and Medomak Valley's Carson Murphy. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Medomak Valley's Aiden Starr. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Medomak Valley's Gabe Allaire, left, and Camden Hills' Ben Craft. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Ryan Clifford, left, and Medomak Valley's Gabe Allaire. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Liam Clifford, front, and Medomak Valley's Aiden Starr. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
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