Windjammers ride Crans' hot hand against Mustangs, close with 15th winCamden Hills seniors score 72 of team's 83 points on senior night
Rockport — To say it was senior night at Camden Hills Regional High School Thursday, Feb. 6, as the Windjammers hosted Mount View of Thorndike in the high school boys basketball regular-season finale, would be an understatement.
That is because there was plenty of emphasis on the word senior, as all seven Windjammer seniors who donned a uniform for Friday's game reached the scoring column as the hosts surged to a 83-57 victory over the Mustangs.
Senior Chandler Crans led the potent Windjammer offense with 28 points, 15 of which came in the second quarter. In fact, the seven seniors accounted for 72 of Camden Hills' 83 points.
Colin Morse tacked on 15 points for the winners, while Jayson Kuhn added 13; John Hall, seven; Nate Raye, six; Connor Graffam, four; Merrill Hall and Andrew Hall, three; and Yani Stancioff and Jack Gallagher, two.
Senior Terron Bailey did not play in Thursday's game after being injured in the team's previous game against Lincoln Academy of Newcastle on Tuesday, Feb. 4. The Windjammer seniors are Bailey, Stancioff, Crans, Merrill Hall, Morse, John Hall, Kuhn and Graffam.
Nate Wren tossed in 19 points to key Mount View, while Emmett Shell added 11; Jack Simpson, nine; Tyler Ripley, six; Bryan Jungels, five; Kenny McGray, three; Mikey Hustus, two; and Cole Hannan and Gavin Simpson, one.
The Windjammers were 14-of-27 (52 percent) from the charity stripe, while the 'Stangs were 12-of-20 (60 percent).
"I thought the kids played great tonight,” said Camden Hills coach Jeff Hart. “Sometimes senior night can be tough for kids to handle, but these guys tonight played with great tenacity. I think that is how we have to play, and how the kids want to play as we move into the postseason.”
Hart said aside from the team’s typical top-tier efforts from Crans and Morse, all of the team’s seniors “were ready to go tonight.”
“Our two ‘bigs’ Graffam and John Hall were just outstanding,” he said. “And they have been getting better with every game. They do all the blue-collar things that you need. Jayson Kuhn is also starting to reach his stride, returning from ACL (Anterior Cruciate Ligament) surgery. It was a fun night, and we're all hoping to keep playing for a few more games.”
Mount View (7-11), which will miss the playoffs, hung tough throughout the game's first eight minutes, trailing 18-15 on the strength of freshman Shell, who came off the bench and netted five points.
However, Camden Hills (15-3), which is playoff bound (probably in the No. 2 spot), went on a 9-0 run thanks to a pair of treys from Crans and another triple from Kuhn and surged to a 47-26 halftime advantage. The hosts continued to sail in the second half, leading 67-37 heading into the final stanza.
"We did a good job in the first quarter of getting the ball to the rim and getting some easy baskets," said Mount View coach Chad Larrabee. "As Camden [Hills] does so well they were able to control tempo after that with their pressure trapping defense. It's hard to play at that tempo with a Camden [Hills] team that has so many weapons and shoots the ball so well."
Camden Hills finished second in Eastern Class B with 130.7099 Heal Points and Morse second in Western Class B with 129.9691 points. Thus, the Windjammers edged the Shipbuilders and will play neighboring Oceanside of Rockland/Thomaston for the Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Class B crown on Saturday, Feb. 8 at Cony High School at 7 p.m.
The Windjammers and Mariners split in their two regular season games this season.
In the Maine Principals' Association Heal Point Standings for Eastern Class B, Camden Hills (15-3, 130.7099 points) is second and Mount View (7-11, 23.7963 points) 15th. Oceanside (15-2, 154.4753 points) is first in the 19-team region. The top 13 teams qualify for the playoffs.
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Mark has been covering local sports throughout Knox, Waldo and part of Lincoln county since 2007. Haskell has a bachelor's degree in Mass Communication from the University of Maine and is also a 2000 graduate of Rockland District High School. He has won multiple Maine Press Association awards for writing and photography.
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He resides in Thomaston with his wife Jenn, his sons Beckett and Austin and daughter Lila.
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