High school boys basketball

Pirates outpillage Vikings in vacation-week Class C court affair

Piscataquis defense tough as hosts break open close game in second half
By Staff | Dec 29, 2017

Searsport — Veteran Searsport boys basketball coach Dave Pepin has guided teams all over the state, but his squad's Thursday, Dec. 28 home game against Piscataquis of Guilford was a memorable one.

Pepin had never coached against a team he formerly guided, but did that Thursday, as he led the Vikings into battle with the Pirates — and, ultimately, saw the Vikings dealt a 61-41 loss.

Pepin coached the PCHS boys from 2009-12 and said “you always like to play well and have a good showing against a team you used to coach.” He added that while his Vikings are young and lack overall experience, this “could be their year” in reference to the Pirates as they are senior-laden and led by Bryce Gilbert, who recently scored his 1,000th career point.

“They [PCHS] put a lot of ball pressure on us and they go really deep,” said Pepin. “We had a really frustrating third quarter taking care of the basketball. But our kids really gave a great effort last night and I was proud of them."

Pepin also has coached the Hermon and Mount Blue of Farmington boys in the past.

Thursday's game was close in the first half as the Pirates led 19-16 at the end of the first quarter and 25-24 at halftime, but began to pull away in the third. Searsport had several turnovers which PCHS capitalized on and Bryce Gilbert hit a halfcourt buzzer beater to put the visitors ahead 48-32 after three quarters.

Liam MacMillan led the hosts with 16 points, while Charlie Spiegel and Colby Snow added eight; Ben Powell, seven; and Connor Kneeland, three.

Bryce Gilbert led the Pirates with 23 points, while Cameron Kane added 18; Kobe Gilbert, seven; Damyan True, five; Caleb Willis four; and Eben Cooley and Caleb Bailey, two.

Searsport was 3-of-4 (75 percent) from the foul line and PCHS 8-of-11 (72 percent).

Pepin said the game against the Pirates was “just like an ordinary game [and] there was no hype leading in or anything like that,” but anticipates it will feel different when the Vikings go to Guilford for their Jan. 20 rematch.

“That will bring back a lot of memories for sure,” he said.

In the Maine Principals’ Association Heal Point Standings for Class C North, Searsport (3-2) is 13th, while Fort Fairfield (5-1, 16.7284 points) is first in the 20-team region. The top 14 teams qualify for the playoffs.

Searsport’s loss to PCHS has yet to be reported to the Heal Point site.

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

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