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High school boys basketball

Panthers stave off Lions' comeback bid to notch sixth victory

Brown, McKenney key hosts' offense with 36 points; Bartlett, Kelley tally 35 for visitors
By Mark Haskell | Feb 10, 2021
Photo by: Mark Haskell Medomak Valley's Jake Bickmore (24) looks to shoot against a trio of Belfast defenders, including, from left, Chris Kelley, Chase Sanders and Cole Martin, on Feb. 9 in high school boys basketball in Waldoboro. The host Panthers held off the Lions for a 55-46 win.

Waldoboro — The Medomak Valley and Belfast boys basketball teams gritted through the first three quarters of Tuesday night's, Feb. 9 high school court contest before the final eight minutes proved worth the wait.

The Lions, who never led, battled back in the fourth quarter and got a game-tying 3-pointer from Chris Kelley with just over three minutes to play, but the Panthers snuffed out the visitors' comeback bid, as the hosts ended the game on a 10-1 run en route to a 55-46 victory.

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The Panthers improved to 6-1, while the Lions dropped to 2-5. Medomak Valley also beat Belfast 63-53 earlier in the campaign.

On Tuesday, Medomak Valley led 14-7 after the first quarter, 23-13 at halftime and 35-29 after three quarters.

Trevor Brown, who briefly left the game with a fourth quarter injury and returned to help the Panthers collect the win, paced the hosts with 21 points, while Patrick McKenney added 15; Parker Morrison and Finn Parmley, five; Jake Bickmore, four; Aiden Starr, three; and Brandon Starr, two.

Jason Bartlett scored 18 points to lead the Lions, while Kelley added 17; Tanner Veilleux, seven; and Tommy Walker, four.

The Panthers netted 12-of-17 (71 percent) free throws and Lions 5-of-13 (38 percent).

Medomak Valley rattled off the first eight points of the game with five straight from Brown and a trey by Aiden Starr, but Belfast cut its deficit in half with Bartlett's baseline jumper and a hoop by Walker. McKenney scored as time wound down in the stanza to give the Panthers their largest lead at seven points.

Medomak Valley continued to keep Belfast at arms-length throughout the second quarter as each of Brown’s three field goals in the stanza kept the Panther lead at nine points, the latter of the three after securing a loose ball and scoring from close range to make the score 22-13.

McKenney's free throw later closed the first half.

The Lions got a significant boost from Veilleux early in the third quarter as he scored all seven of his points in short order — a baseline jumper, an offensive putback and a 3-pointer — to help Belfast pull within 27-20. Kelley later hit an impressive 12-foot jumper — while heavily guarded by two defenders — to bring the visitors within six to close the stanza.

A leaner in the paint by Bartlett to start the fourth quarter brought Belfast within 35-31, but Medomak Valley extended its advantage to eight points before Brown went down with an ankle injury with 4:41 to play.

Brown was forced to exit the game, but Parmley came in and coolly sank Brown’s free throws to put Medomak Valley up 43-35.

The Lions fed off the momentum of the Panthers’ leading scorer exiting the game and later got back-to-back 3-pointers from Bartlett and Kelley — the latter of which was set up by a clutch offensive rebound from Veilleux — to tie the game 45-45 with 3:09 to play.

However, Morrison quickly responded with a trey of his own to put the Panthers back up 45-42 before Brown checked back into the game at the 2:43-mark.

Brown’s presence loomed large over the waning minutes as the Panthers went on a 10-1 run to finish the game, as that decisive burst included an offensive putback off Brown's own missed free throw as time wound down.

Belfast at Medomak Valley boys basketball
Medomak Valley hosts Belfast on Feb. 9 in high school boys basketball in Waldoboro. (Video by: Mark Haskell and Zack Miller)
Scene from Belfast at Medomak Valley on Feb. 9 in high school boys basketball in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Belfast at Medomak Valley on Feb. 9 in high school boys basketball in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Belfast at Medomak Valley on Feb. 9 in high school boys basketball in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Belfast at Medomak Valley on Feb. 9 in high school boys basketball in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Belfast at Medomak Valley on Feb. 9 in high school boys basketball in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Belfast at Medomak Valley on Feb. 9 in high school boys basketball in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Belfast at Medomak Valley on Feb. 9 in high school boys basketball in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Belfast at Medomak Valley on Feb. 9 in high school boys basketball in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Belfast at Medomak Valley on Feb. 9 in high school boys basketball in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Belfast at Medomak Valley on Feb. 9 in high school boys basketball in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Belfast at Medomak Valley on Feb. 9 in high school boys basketball in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Belfast at Medomak Valley on Feb. 9 in high school boys basketball in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Belfast at Medomak Valley on Feb. 9 in high school boys basketball in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Belfast at Medomak Valley on Feb. 9 in high school boys basketball in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Belfast at Medomak Valley on Feb. 9 in high school boys basketball in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Belfast at Medomak Valley on Feb. 9 in high school boys basketball in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Belfast at Medomak Valley on Feb. 9 in high school boys basketball in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Belfast at Medomak Valley on Feb. 9 in high school boys basketball in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Belfast at Medomak Valley on Feb. 9 in high school boys basketball in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Belfast at Medomak Valley on Feb. 9 in high school boys basketball in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Belfast at Medomak Valley on Feb. 9 in high school boys basketball in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Belfast at Medomak Valley on Feb. 9 in high school boys basketball in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Belfast at Medomak Valley on Feb. 9 in high school boys basketball in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Belfast at Medomak Valley on Feb. 9 in high school boys basketball in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Belfast at Medomak Valley on Feb. 9 in high school boys basketball in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Belfast at Medomak Valley on Feb. 9 in high school boys basketball in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Belfast at Medomak Valley on Feb. 9 in high school boys basketball in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Belfast at Medomak Valley on Feb. 9 in high school boys basketball in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Belfast at Medomak Valley on Feb. 9 in high school boys basketball in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Belfast at Medomak Valley on Feb. 9 in high school boys basketball in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Belfast at Medomak Valley on Feb. 9 in high school boys basketball in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Belfast at Medomak Valley on Feb. 9 in high school boys basketball in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Belfast at Medomak Valley on Feb. 9 in high school boys basketball in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Belfast at Medomak Valley on Feb. 9 in high school boys basketball in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Belfast at Medomak Valley on Feb. 9 in high school boys basketball in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Belfast at Medomak Valley on Feb. 9 in high school boys basketball in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Belfast at Medomak Valley on Feb. 9 in high school boys basketball in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Belfast at Medomak Valley on Feb. 9 in high school boys basketball in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Belfast at Medomak Valley on Feb. 9 in high school boys basketball in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Belfast at Medomak Valley on Feb. 9 in high school boys basketball in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Belfast at Medomak Valley on Feb. 9 in high school boys basketball in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Belfast at Medomak Valley on Feb. 9 in high school boys basketball in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Belfast at Medomak Valley on Feb. 9 in high school boys basketball in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Belfast at Medomak Valley on Feb. 9 in high school boys basketball in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Belfast at Medomak Valley on Feb. 9 in high school boys basketball in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Belfast at Medomak Valley on Feb. 9 in high school boys basketball in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Belfast at Medomak Valley on Feb. 9 in high school boys basketball in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Belfast at Medomak Valley on Feb. 9 in high school boys basketball in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Belfast at Medomak Valley on Feb. 9 in high school boys basketball in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Belfast at Medomak Valley on Feb. 9 in high school boys basketball in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Belfast at Medomak Valley on Feb. 9 in high school boys basketball in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Belfast at Medomak Valley on Feb. 9 in high school boys basketball in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Belfast at Medomak Valley on Feb. 9 in high school boys basketball in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Belfast at Medomak Valley on Feb. 9 in high school boys basketball in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Belfast at Medomak Valley on Feb. 9 in high school boys basketball in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Belfast at Medomak Valley on Feb. 9 in high school boys basketball in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Belfast at Medomak Valley on Feb. 9 in high school boys basketball in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Belfast at Medomak Valley on Feb. 9 in high school boys basketball in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Belfast at Medomak Valley on Feb. 9 in high school boys basketball in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Belfast at Medomak Valley on Feb. 9 in high school boys basketball in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
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