Monday, December 9, 2013
A few tidbits from Gardiner’s 50-48 win against Winslow on Tuesday night.
• The Black Raiders fell on a last-second shot from Gardiner’s Jake Palmer but otherwise traded baskets. They have yet to post a signature win but with their quickness, it seems inevitable they’ll knock off a good team soon.
Palmer finished with a game-high 16 points but none of those came easily. Justin Murray, Brandon Labrie and Connor Wildes all took turns at guarding him with Murray the principal defender.
“I’m very pleased with our defense,” Winslow coach Jared Browne said. “After giving up 66 to Medomak in our last game, to hold Gardiner to 50 I thought we did a pretty good job.”
• The Raiders used junior Austin Ireland on Gardiner’s Aaron Toman and held the Gardiner senior to 12 points. “When he caught it we tried to double him on the catch,” Browne said.
• The Tigers went just seven deep Tuesday, but got excellent minutes off the bench from junior Tyler Jamison, who guarded the shorter Murray, who finished with 15 points.
“We figured we’d go (6-foot-2) on Murray,” Gardiner coach Jason Cassidy said.
• Aside from the 6-5 Ireland, the Raiders gave away a little size. Six-three senior Jesse Audet missed the game due to illness. “They have one big guy but everyone else is so fast,” Palmer said.
• The Raiders have a lot of young talent. Sophomore guard Tyler Lovely starts and freshman Nason Lanphier plays a lot of minutes off the bench. Both show above-average quickness. Ireland is a junior while 6-4 freshman Justin Martin and freshman guard Dylan Hapworth are also on the varsity roster.
• Browne thought experience made the difference down the stretch for the Tigers. Point guard Justin Lovely had a key assist to Toman midway through the fourth quarter and Matt Hall cashed a big rebound when Gardiner trailed by three. All three are seniors along with Alonzo Connor, who defended Murray and denied him a game-winning basket with eight seconds to play.
“Everyone on this team, I feel, knows their role, whether it’s a quick five minutes or a whole 32, it doesn’t matter,” Palmer said.
• Gardiner has a bye until next Tuesday’s game at Belfast while Winslow hosts unbeaten Camden Hills on Friday and travels to once-beaten Oceanside next Tuesday.
Gary Hawkins has worked at the Kennebec Journal since 1980. His primary beats are baseball, boys basketball, girls and boys soccer and golf.