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Falcon boys' bow to top-seed Yachtsmen
PORTLAND -- A team needs to be able to adapt to different situation and Mountain Valley certainly proved to be resilient throughout the season. However, in boys' basketball, there is always opposing squads that simply have too many options.
No. 4 Mountain Valley encountered a monumental task against top-ranked Falmouth in a semifinal game Thursday night at the Cumberland County Civic Center.
It was Mountain Valley's first venture to the cavernous CCCC in several years and ended abruptly in a 58-22 loss.
The Falcons received some strong efforts, including a team-high 15 points by Jake Theriault, with 11 points from Ryan Nicols in a 63-52 win against Spruce Mountain in a quarterfinal game at the Portland Expo.
The Falcons, who have relied on their senior leadership, certainly started out well against the heavily-favored Yachtsmen.
A three pointer by Sean Murphy put MV ahead 3-2 early in the first quarter, but it was short lived because Falmouth scored on the ensuing possession. MV stayed on the same course, as Dom Haines drained a couple treys and a basket by Colin Merrill had pulled MV to within 19-13 in the second quarter.
"We executed our game plan for about 11 minutes," said Mountain Valley coach Tom Danylik. "The last five minutes of the second quarter, we turned the ball over and gave them easy baskets and all of a sudden we were down 20.''
Falmouth scored 22 points in the quarter and led 37-13 at halftime, then added 10 points in the third to complete a 30-0 run.
Mountain Valley finally stopped the bleeding by making a free throw with 2:35 left in the third quarter.
"We shot 23 percent for the game," said Danylik. "We could not get into the paint and nothing would fall in the second half. They were long and disciplined on the defensive end which made scoring for us really tough."
Falmouth was led by Jack Simonds and Charlie Fay with 13 and 12 points, respectively. MV crashed the boards and outscored the Yachstmen 8-7 in the fourth quarter.
"I am proud of the boys," said Danylik, referring to Milo Jodrey, Scottie Nicols, Ryan Stickney, R. Nicols, Haines, Murphy, Will Cunningham, Merrill, Theriault and Adam Volkernick, Tom and Brad Marshall and Caleb Gavin. "They came into a tough situation this year and they never complained. Definitely a group I will never forget."