Boothbay splits two games versus MVC opponents

Seahawk boys beat Wiscasset and lose to Carrabec
Posted:  Wednesday, January 10, 2018 - 2:45pm

The Boothbay boys basketball team rebounded from a 61-55 upset loss at home Jan. 6 and defeated county rival Wiscasset, 75-49, on Monday.

Against Carrabec, Boothbay was poised to win its fifth game of the season, jumping out to 14-point first half lead. Seahawk point guard Kyle Ames scored 15 points in the first quarter, five more in the second quarter, and finished with a team-high 25. However, Carrabec rebounded from a slow first quarter start and gradually built their own double digit lead in the second half.

Late in the third quarter, Carrabec built its largest lead of 14 points by running a patient offense resulting in quality shots. On defense, the Cobras frustrated Boothbay by not allowing easy baskets in transition.

“We didn’t seem to play with any energy. We need to get out and run and score in transition, and we didn’t do that,” said Boothbay Coach I.J. Pinkham. “We struggle in our half court offense because we’re not patient.”

Pinkham also thought his team’s lack of energy effected team defense. “I thought we played hard in the last few minutes but up to that point we had problems guarding people. Overall, we looked lethargic and turned the ball over too many times,” he said.

Carrabec forced 20 Boothbay turnovers. And once the Cobras’ defense did a better job limiting Ames’ scoring opportunities, the Seahawk offense struggled.

This was Carrabec’s second win of the season. The Cobras had lost six straight since their opening night victory against Wiscasset. 

Boothbay finally registered its fifth win on Jan. 8 when the Seahawks traveled to Wiscasset for a game with their traditional rival.  The Seahawks got out of the blocks quickly and scored 23 in the first quarter to take a 23-7 lead. Seahawk guards Ames and Steve Reny each had eight first quarter points to get the Hawks going.

The second quarter was more of the same with five different players adding to the total, and the Seahawks led by 20 at the half.  The Wolverines outscored the Seahawks in the second half 32-31.

Ames had 23 points for the game, Reny added 14, and Nick Simpson had 12 in his first varsity start. 

Zach Reed had 17 points and Dylan Orr contributed 12 on four 3-pointers for Wiscasset. Ames also had nine assists, and  Simpson was the leading rebounder with 10.  The victory made the Seahawks 5-3 on the season.

“I felt the guys played hard, and they were much more effective on the boards than in previous games.  We are heading into the most difficult part of our schedule, we need to be hitting on all cylinders and getting all our ducks in a row,” Pinkham said.