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Black Bears smother Lions in Jan. 17 hoop affairs

Basketball wrap: Belfast girls lose at home, Lion boys on the road
By Staff | Jan 19, 2013
Photo by: Ken Waltz Belfast's Lexi Nelligan, middle, streaks up the court to the basket during a Jan. 17 high school girls basketball game against Maranacook of Readfield in Belfast. The visiting Black Bears won 55-49.

With both teams scrapping for berths in the upcoming Eastern Class B playoffs, the Belfast boys and girls basketball squads had their hands full on Thursday, Jan. 17 with Maranacook of Readfield, a pair of squads embedded in their own playoff chases in Western Class B.

In the end, both Black Bear squads prevailed, with the girls earning a 55-49 win in Belfast and the boys picking up a 74-52 victory in Readfield.

The following is a recap of the contests:

Girls basketball

Maranacook 55, Belfast 49

At Belfast Jan. 17, it took the Lions and visiting Black Bears a while to get into the offensive swing, but when they did, the two squads battled hard for 32 minutes. In the end, on this night, the visitors had a little more fire power.

Maranacook led 10-9 after one quarter before Belfast held a 26-25 cushion at halftime. The Black Bears moved ahead 43-37 after three stanzas.

For the Lions, Lexi Nelligan tallied 13 points; Ashley Littlefield, 11; Courtney Drinkwater, 10; Katrina Lapham, eight; McKenzie Thibodeau, five; and Mariah Sturgis, two. BAHS made 15-of-25 free throws (60 percent).

For the Black Bears, Christine Miller dumped in 19 points; Liz D'Angelo, 12; Cathy Sanborn, nine; Mariah Vining, eight; Jessie Smith, six; and Sage Hyland, one. Maranacook sank 17-of-33 free throws (52 percent).

In the Maine Principals' Association Heal Point Standings for Eastern Class B, Belfast (7-3, 24.3210 points) is seventh, while Presque Isle (12-0, 64.5988 points) is first in the 19-team region. The top 13 teams qualify for the playoffs.

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Boys basketball

Maranacook 74, Belfast 52

At Readfield Jan. 17, the Black Bears went on a 26-12 run in the second quarter and the Lions never recovered, falling by 22 points. Maranacook led 16-13, 42-25 and 59-39 at the quarter breaks.

Ryan Rice buried 15 points for the visitors, while Yanni Rakis added eight; Korey Doolan, six; Greg Clark, Zach Collier and Carl Dodge, all four; Marcus Riley and Stephen Paul, both three; Levi Lapham and Tyler Tran, both two; and Asa Lewis, one.

For Maranacook, Kyle Boucher poured in 27 points, while Taylor Wilbur added 15; Kodey Schmitz, 10; Brad Worster, five; Andrew Lachance, Caleb Jackson and Kent Mohler, all four; and Jesse Evans and James Boyman, both three.

Belfast was 11-of-22 (50 percent) from the foul line, while Maranacook netted 2-of-3 (67 percent).

In the Maine Principals' Association Heal Point Standings for Eastern Class B, Belfast (5-5, 20.5247 points) is 14th, while Presque Isle (10-1, 56.6358 points) is first in the 19-team region. The top 13 teams qualify for the playoffs.

Courier Publications sports staff can be reached by phone at 207-594-4401 or by email at sports@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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