Mariners sail to sweeping victories over LionsIn competitive affairs, Oceanside a bit better than Belfast
Four high school basketball teams with 1-0 records on the young campaign took the court for a pair of Midcoast showdowns Tuesday night, Dec. 11, with the Oceanside and Belfast boys and girls squads tipping off against one another in Belfast and Rockland.
Both games ended up in the favor of the Mariners, with the Oceanside girls prevailing 42-29 in Rockland and the Oceanside boys holding on 55-50 in Belfast.
In the girls game in Rockland, the Lions (1-1) jumped to a 10-0 lead in the early going, led by Lapham, who canned a pair of treys and added another field goal, before the Mariners (2-0) finally got on the board with a basketball from Phoebe Ferraiolo.
From there, Oceanside sailed back into the game and rattled off seven straight points after a handful of Belfast turnovers and took a 21-16 lead into the locker room after the Lions held a 10-4 lead at the end of the first stanza.
Oceanside was outscored 10-0 to start the game and outscored BAHS 42-19 the rest of the way.
For Oceanside, Brooke Dugan tossed in 12 points, while Emily Gould added nine; Kennadi Grover, eight; Ashley Gardner, five; Hannah Plourde, four; Ferraiolo, three; and Emma Davis, one.
Lexi Nelligan netted 12 points to lead the Lions, while Lapham added eight; McKenzie Thibodeau, five; and Courtney Drinkwater and Ashley Littlefield, both two.
Trailing 34-29 with two minutes remaining, the Lions were forced to foul the Mariners, who shot well enough from the line to keep the visitors at bay. Oceanside netted 18-of-32 (56 percent) free-throw attempts (3-of-5 in the fourth quarter), while the Lions were 1-of-5 (20 percent) for the game.
Oceanside forced 21 Lion turnovers in the game.
Belfast coach Stan Sturgis took "total blame" for the loss after his team led 10-0 early.
"I haven't done a good job in these first two games keeping the girls [physically] fresh," said the first-year coach. "We have a young bench and I've got to go to them."
"In the second half of the game everything was falling short and that falls back on my not getting the girls rest," he said. "If I'd kept the girls fresh do I know we would have won? Of course not, but we'd have had a better chance."
In the boys game in Belfast, the Mariners (2-0) and Lions (1-1) were entrenched in a back-and-forth affair for the full 32 minutes, with the visitors coming away with a five-point win. Oceanside led 11-9, 29-26 and 41-39 at the quarter breaks.
Nick Judge led Oceanside's scoring with a 16-point effort, while Shea Davenport tallied 11; Nick Mazurek, eight; Sam Meklin, seven; Isaiah Stone-Patterson and Tyler Gilson, both five; and Matt Zable three.
For Belfast, Ryan Rice netted a game-high 17 points, while Carl Dodge added nine; Levi Lapham, seven; Zach Collier, five; Yanni Rakis, four; Korey Doolan, three; Kaleb Benjamin and Stephen Paul, both two; and Greg Clark, one.
The Mariners shot 16-of-33 (48 percent) from the foul line, while the Lions were 12-of-19 (63 percent).
Courier Publications Associate Sports Director Mark Haskell can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.