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Cougars knock Falcon boys from unbeaten ranks
RUMFORD -- Cody St. Germain scored a game-high 22 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to spearhead Dirigo’s dominating performance in a 54-40 win against Mountain Valley in a boys' basketball game played at crowded Puiia Gymnasium.
It was the first MVC loss for the Falcons since the winter of 2009 and avenged the Cougars' 52-45 loss to their rivals, in Dixfield last month.
Dirigo (16-1), ranked No. 1 in Class C, scored the first 14 points of the fourth quarter to open up a double-digit lead. St. Germain (three blocks) was a force in the paint and scored by tapping the ball in to the basket. Ben Holmes (12 rebounds) scored on a drive and Josh Turbide (14 points) stole the ball and sprinted in for the layup.
“In the second half, we outplayed them,” said St. Germain, who was 10 for 10 from the free throw line. “Our (transition) game got going and we never looked back.”
Mountain Valley (16-1), third in Class B, was unable to respond to the Dirigo surge. Izaak Mills (16 points) finally buried a three pointer with 2:32 left in the game.
“It was a tail of two halves,” said MV coach Rick White. “We couldn’t do anything right in the third quarter.
There was no execution offensively and turnovers really hurt. (Loss) is a humbling experience, but it's better to do it now than later.”
A 15-0 run in the second quarter had given Mountain Valley a 25-19 lead at halftime. A trey by Isaac Roberts, Cam Kaubris (13 points) basket and two Mills' treys.
Dirigo enjoyed a wide margin on the free throw line (11 of 19) compared to the Falcons two free throws on four attempts. Caleb Turner (six assists) directed the Cougars offense.
“Our X (trap) was the difference in the third quarter,” said Dirigo coach Rebecca Fletcher, referring to the Cougars' trap. “That gave us energy and a late switch gave us a ball screen on the strong side.”
In the third quarter, baskets by St. Germain and Holmes (five steals) put the Cougars back on top. The Falcons responded with a Kaubris' trey, but a Turbide hoop gave the Cougars the lead for good, 34-33.
“Defense and free throws won it for us," said Turbide. "I remembered the last game when Mountain Valley had beat us on the free throw line.”
Dirigo had taken a 14-3 lead on treys by Turbide (two) and Spencer Ross.
The Falcon defense was led by Zach Radcliffe (seven steals).
Isaac Roberts of Mountain Valley beats Dirigo defenders down the lane for this layin. (Times photo by Bruce Farrin)