High school boys basketball

Belfast wins first half, Camden Hills second half — and game

Balanced scoring from host Windjammers, while Bartlett's 22 point key Lions
By Mark Haskell | Dec 05, 2018
Photo by: Mark Haskell Camden Hills' Michael McGeady, left, and Belfast's Grady Doolan battle for position during a preseason boys basketball game Dec. 4, in Rockport. The Windjammers beat the Lions 62-56.

Rockport — The Belfast boys basketball team had a leg up on host Camden Hills for the first half of the preseason contest between the opponents on Tuesday night, Dec. 4 as the Lions got out to a quick lead, which the visitors maintained through the first 16 minutes of court action.

However, the Windjammers came out of the locker room to start the second half with a new-found intensity, which was on display throughout the third quarter — to the tune of a whopping 29-5 burst — as the hosts held off a late Lion surge to net a 62-56 victory.

Watch video and see more photos below.

Camden Hills, led by coach Jeff Hart, includes Kerry Sabanty, Michael McGeady, Michael Kremin, Liam O’Neal, Ionut Lodge, Jon Runnion-Bareford, Obie Miller, Trajan Gilson, Jeremy Fraser, Matt Nickerson, Casey Messer, Josh Pearse, Ryan Clifford and Andrew Prosica.

Belfast, guided by coach Marty Messer, includes Andrew Akles, Jason Bartlett, Grady Doolan, Ethan Hall, Chris Kelley, Max Lewis, Lucas Lightner, Danota Payson, Chase Sanders, Tanner Veilleux and Tommy Walker.

Belfast led 21-15 after the first quarter and 32-23 at halftime, while Camden Hills outscored the visitors 29-5 in the third quarter to take a commanding 52-37 advantage after three stanzas.

Lodge led the balanced Windjammer attack with an 11-point effort, while McGeady and Kremin added nine; Sabanty, eight; Runnion-Bareford, Clifford, Miller and Gilson, six; and Messer and Pearse, two.

For the Lions, Bartlett led the way with 22 points, while Lewis netted 11; Lightner, eight; Akles, seven; Doolan, four; and Hall and Walker, two.

The Windjammers finished 2-of-3 (67 percent) from the foul line, while the Lions were 12-of-18 (67 percent).

Camden Hills cut into Belfast’s advantage in the early stages of the third quarter and found itself down 33-32 before a pair of Bartlett free throws put the visitors up by three points.

The Windjammers then went on an 11-0 spurt, which included buckets in the paint by Runnion-Bareford, Clifford and Lodge, a midrange jumper by Pearse and trey by Sabanty as the hosts took a 43-35 lead.

Doolan converted a close-range bucket to stop the bleeding, but Camden Hills ended the stanza on a 9-0 run after a nice baseline move to the hoop by Clifford, a 3-pointer by Kremin, a layup off a steal by Miller and another bucket by Runnion-Bareford as the hosts took a 52-37 lead.

An interesting wrinkle to Tuesday’s game is that Belfast coach Marty Messer’s son, Casey Messer, plays for Camden Hills and scored a first-quarter hoop for the Windjammers. The teams do not play each other during the regular season.

Belfast at Camden Hills boys basketball
Camden Hills hosts Belfast on Dec. 4 in high school boys basketball in Rockport. (Video by: Mark Haskell and Zack Miller)
Camden Hills' Josh Pearse, left, and Camden Hills' Grady Doolan. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Kerry Sabanty, left, and Obie Miller, middle, and Belfast's Max Lewis. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Obie Miller, left, Ryan Clifford, middle, and Josh Pearse, left, and Belfast's Jason Bartlett. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Ryan Clifford, left, and Josh Pearse, middle, and Belfast's Grady Doolan, left, and Jason Bartlett. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Josh Pearse, left, and Belfast's Lucas Lightner. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Belfast's Chris Kelley, left, and Camden Hills' Ionut Lodge. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Ionut Lodge. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Belfast's Lucas Lightner, left, and Jason Bartlett, right, and Camden Hills' Jon Runnion-Bareford. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Jon Runnion-Bareford, left, and Belfast's Jason Bartlett. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Ionut Lodge, left, and Belfast's Chris Kelley. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Belfast's Jason Bartlett. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Belfast's Max Lewis, left, and Camden Hills' Trajan Gilson. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Belfast's Max Lewis, left, and Chris Kelley, right, and Camden Hills' Trajan Gilson. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Belfast's Tanner Veilleux, left, and Camden Hills' Obie Miller. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Casey Messer. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Belfast's Tanner Veilleux, left, Andrew Akles, middle, and Max Lewis, left, and Camden Hills' Casey Messer, middle, and Kerry Sabanty. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Belfast's Grady Doolan, front, and Camden Hills' Ionut Lodge. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Belfast's Grady Doolan, front, and Camden Hills' Ionut Lodge. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Belfast's Tanner Veilleux, left, and Lucas Lightner, right, and Camden Hills' Michael McGeady. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Belfast's Andrew Akles, left, and Camden Hills' Jon Runnion-Bareford. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Belfast's Lucas Lightner, left, and Jason Bartlett, middle, and Camden Hills' Ionut Lodge. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Ionut Lodge, left, and Trajan Gilson, right, and Belfast's Andrew Akles. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Jon Runnion-Bareford. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Ryan Clifford. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Michael Kremin, left, and Belfast's Chris Kelly, front, and Jason Bartlett, back. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Michael Kremin, left, and Belfast's Lucas Lightner. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Michael Kremin, left, and Belfast's Lucas Lightner. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Belfast's Chris Kelley, left, Lucas Lightner, middle, and Grady Doolan, right, and Camden Hills' Michael McGeady. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Belfast's Chris Kelley, left, and Camden Hills' Ryan Clifford. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Belfast's Grady Doolan, front, and Camden Hills' Jon Runnion-Bareford, left, and Michael McGeady. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Jon Runnion-Bareford, left, and Belfast's Grady Doolan. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Obie Miller. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
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Mark Haskell
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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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