High school boys basketball

Talented Panthers sink pesky Windjammers for four-point victory

Medomak Valley's McKenney, Camden Hills' Fraser light up scoreboard with 28 points apiece
By Mark Haskell | Jan 11, 2020
Photo by: Mark Haskell Camden Hills' Ryan Clifford, right, looks for a shot while Medomak Valley's Gabe Allaire defends on Jan. 9 in high school boys basketball in Rockport. The Panthers beat the host Windjammers 65-61.

Rockport — On paper, the game between Medomak Valley and Camden Hills boys basketball teams on Thursday night, Jan. 9 should not have been close.

The Panthers were 8-1 as they headed into Thursday’s mid-season showdown and Camden Hills 2-7, but the Windjammers — other than a blowout loss to top-ranked and unbeaten Hampden Academy — had lost their other six games by an average of 10.1 points.

But, the cream, as they say, rises to the top.

Camden Hills held Medomak Valley to only five first-quarter points, but the Panthers went on a strong run to start the third quarter — which helped the visitors hold off a furious late rally by the Windjammers — as the Panthers escaped with a 65-61 high school court victory.

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Patrick McKenney netted 28 points — including 8-of-9 from the foul line and 5-of-6 in the fourth quarter — to lead Medomak Valley, while Gabe Allaire added 17; Trevor Brown, 14; Parker Morrison, three; and Aiden Starr, Carson Murphy and Jake Bickmore, one.

Jeremy Fraser also tossed in 28 points for Camden Hills, while Jon Runnion-Bareford added eight; Ben Craft, six; Aiden Schecter and Ryan Clifford, five; Josh Pearse, four; Casey Messer, three; and Obie Miller, two.

The Panthers sank 17-of-24 (71 percent) from the charity stripe, while the Windjammers were 8-of-14 (57 percent).

The opponents were slow offensively out of the gate, but Camden Hills led for much of the stanza as Fraser responded to McKenney’s elbow jumper with a 3-pointer to make the score 3-2, while a trey by Clifford later gave the hosts a 9-5 edge.

The five points in the first quarter matched a season low for points in a quarter for Medomak Valley.

The Panthers had scored five in a stanza only one other time this season — also against Camden Hills — in the second quarter of the first showdown of the campaign between the longtime athletic rivals, won 62-46 by the Panthers on Dec. 10 in Waldoboro.

A Fraser 3-pointer early in the second extended the Camden Hills lead to 14-7, but Medomak Valley went on a 17-3 burst to end the stanza, to turn a seven-point deficit into a 27-17 halftime lead.

Morrison began the run as he made the front end of two free throws, but Medomak Valley corralled the offensive rebound off the second foul shot, which turned into a hoop by McKenney with a floater in the paint.

An Allaire three-point play put the Panthers down 14-13 and then the visitors took the lead for good when Brown scored on back-to-back buckets — one off a spin move in the paint and the other off a fast break started by an Allaire steal — to put Medomak Valley in front 17-16.

McKenney added a three-point play and a floater, while Allaire added two more baskets a free throw before Fraser ended the bleeding with a foul shot for Camden Hills to wrap the first half.

Medomak Valley seemingly seized control of the game in the third quarter, which began with a 16-5 run — highlighted by a 3-pointer by McKenney and a midair tip-in by Allaire off a missed reverse layup attempt by Morrison — as the Panthers took a 43-22 lead.

But, the Windjammers, as has been the case more often than not this season, would not go away and battled back into the fourth quarter, which saw a Runnion-Bareford trey with 2:54 left bring them within 59-49.

Camden Hills drew within four points at 62-58 after Fraser canned a 3-pointer with under a minute to play, but free throws by Morrison and McKenney helped the Panthers stave off the Windjammers and net their ninth win.

In the Maine Principals’ Association Heal Point Standings for Class A North, Medomak Valley (9-1, 32.4074 points) is fourth, while Camden Hills (2-8, 1.7901 points) is 11th. Hampden Academy (10-0, 57.6543 points) is first in the 12-team region. The top eight teams qualify for the playoffs.

Medomak Valley at Camden Hills boys basketball
Camden Hills hosts Medomak Valley on Jan. 9 in high school boys basketball in Rockport. (Video by: Mark Haskell and Zack Miller)
Medomak Valley's Parker Morrison. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Medomak Valley's Trevor Brown. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Medomak Valley's Aiden Starr, front, and Jack Bickmore. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Medomak Valley's Trevor Brown, left, and Aiden Starr, middle, as well as Camden Hills' Josh Pearse, middle, and Aiden Schecter. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Ryan Clifford, middle. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Medomak Valley's Patrick McKenney, right, and Camden Hills' Casey Messer. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Medomak Valley's Patrick McKenney, right, and Jake Bickmore, left, as well as Camden Hills' Casey Messer. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Ben Craft, left, and Jon Runnion-Bareford, back, as well as Medomak Valley's Trevor Brown. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Medomak Valley's Trevor Brown, left, and Camden Hills' Jon Runnion-Bareford. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Jon Runnion-Bareford. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Josh Pearse, front, and Medomak Valley's Gabe Allaire. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Medomak Valley's Jack Bickmore, front, and Camden Hills' Skye Abaldo. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Medomak Valley's Jack Bickmore, front, and Camden Hills' Skye Abaldo. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Medomak Valley's Gabe Allaire. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Medomak Valley's Patrick McKenney. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Medomak Valley's Patrick McKenney, back, and Camden Hills' Skye Abaldo, left, Ryan Clifford, front, and Jeremy Fraser. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Medomak Valley's Patrick McKenney, left, and Camden Hills' Liam O'Neal. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Ryan Clifford, left, and Jeremy Fraser, middle, as well as Medomak Valley's Gabe Allaire, left. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Jeremy Fraser, left, and Ryan Clifford, middle, as well as Medomak Valley's Patrick McKenney. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Medomak Valley's Patrick McKenney, left, and Camden Hills' Obi Miller. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Medomak Valley's Carson Murphy, left, and Camden Hills' Aiden Schecter. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Medomak Valley's Carson Murphy, front, and Camden Hills' Aiden Schecter. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Ben Craft, left, and Medomak Valley's Trevor Brown. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Medomak Valley's Gabe Allaire, front, and Camden Hills' Jon Runnion-Bareford. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Jon Runnion-Bareford, left, and Ben Craft, right, as well as Medomak Valley's Carson Murphy. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Jon Runnion-Bareford, left, and Medomak Valley's Carson Murphy. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Medomak Valley's Jacob Craig. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Medomak Valley's Jacob Craig, left, and Trevor Brown, middle, as well as Camden Hills' Aiden Schecter, back, and Ben Craft. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Ben Craft left, and Jon Runnion-Bareford, back, as well as Medomak Valley's Brandon Starr. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Ben Craft. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
The Camden Hills' bench. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Medomak Valley's Trevor Brown, left, and Camden Hills' Casey Messer. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Ryan Clifford, left, and Medomak Valley's Gabe Allaire. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
From left, Medomak Valley's Jake Bickmore, Gabe Allaire, Parker Morrison, and Trevor Brown, as well as Camden Hills' Jeremy Fraser. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Medomak Valley's Parker Morrison, left, and Camden Hills' Jeremy Fraser. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Medomak Valley's Parker Morrison, left, and Camden Hills' Jeremy Fraser. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Medomak Valley's Trevor Brown. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
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