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Free throws help Falcons to defeat Cougars, 52-45
DIXFIELD -- What started ho-hum early on turned into a melee down the stretch between rivals Mountain Valley and Dirigo in a battle of unbeaten boys' basketball teams Thursday in sold out Defoe Gymnasium.
Cam Kaubris scored a game-high 22 points and Mountain Valley made its free throws in the end to remain unbeaten with a 52-45 win.
Mountain Valley (8-0), fifth in Class B heal points, started fast, but poor shooting (eight percent) in the fourth erased a double-digit lead. They did make six of eight free throws.
“We got very sloppy with the ball,” said MV coach Rick White. “But you have to credit (Dirigo coach) Rebecca (Fletcher). They are a well-coached team and switched to a 1-2-2 (zone) and it gave us fits.”
No. 1 Class C Dirigo (7-1) had cut the deficit to 46-44 by scoring nine of the first 11 points in the fourth quarter. Josh Turbide scored six of his nine points, Cody St. Germain (eight points, six rebounds) made two free throws and Ben Holmes (11 points, nine rebounds, five steals) made a basket with 1:18 left in the game.
Izaak Mills (nine points, six rebounds) and a Kaubris (eight rebounds, six assists) basket gave MV a 50-45 lead with 31 seconds left.
Dirigo had made six straight free throws and had a golden opportunity. Turbide was fouled while attempting a three pointer and a frustrated Mills was whistled for a technical. Turbide and Spencer Ross combined to make only one of five free throws and the Cougars turned the ball over on their possession.
“We played great at times, but then lost our composure,” said White. “The kids gave a great effort and we are developing some depth. That’s what we’ll need later this season.”
“In the first half, we were running with the ball,” said Kaubris. “But when they switched, it fooled us for more than a quarter. We needed to hit the cutters inside.”
The Falcons had went on a 12-0 run to take a 30-15 lead in the second quarter. Jacob Theriault (10 points) made a pair of treys and Kaubris buried three treys. The defense, behind Zach Radcliffe (four steals) and Hanson Gorham, forced 21 turnovers in the game.
“We were moving the ball in the first half,” said Theriault. “It was important to get ahead and the three pointers helped. We felt good about ourselves.”
Dirigo's Caleb Turner had 12 points. Dirigo shot 31 percent and was 10 of 19 from the charity stripe. The Falcons made eight of 14 free throws and committed 19 turnovers.