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MVHS boys roll over Cobras
RUMFORD -- The Mountain Valley boys' basketball team might not have started strong, but they heated up en route to a 72-23 triumph over winless Carrabec.
Class B Mountain Valley discovered early on things were not right and were held scoreless until Justin Carter made two free throws with 4:35 remaining in the first quarter. Carrabec had taken a lead on a Spencer Shaw (11 points) three pointer. The Falcons finally got straightened out and scored 11 unanswered points.
Jacob Theriault, with a game-high 21 points, buried a trey and Hanson Gorham put back an offensive rebound to complete the run.
“We usually start out games fast,” said Falcon Andrew Child, who scored a career-high 16 points. “But our shots were not falling and team was not focused. Coach White called a timeout and explained some things and then we got back on track.”
MV proceeded to pour it on by scoring seven straight points in the second quarter to lead 30-5. Child stole the ball at midcourt and dribbled in for a basket, Zach Radcliffe made a driving basket and Child drained a trey. The Cobras were held scoreless until Dylan Price scored with 4:30 left in the first half.
“Even though Carrabec isn’t top-notch competition, we still need to play hard,” said Mountain Valley coach Rick White. “They are not going to just roll over and go away. Plus we tried some different things because Izaak Mills and Isaac Roberts sat out and we brought up three JV players. So at times we didn’t look as if everyone was on the same page.”
MV experimented with several different combinations, including 6-5 twin towers Gorham and Carter. The JV call-ups were Shawn Murphy, Milo Jodrey and Scot Nicols.
Ryan Nicols scored and Theriault hit a trey as the Falcons led 57-14 after three quarters.
Kaubris turned an ankle in the first quarter and sat out the rest of the game.
“This team likes to run,” said Child. “A lot of points come off fast breaks and our transition game. When we are running with the ball, I don’t believe there is another team (in the MVC) that can hang with us.”
The Falcons made 10 of 19 free throws and committed 14 turnovers in the game.
The Falcons were six of 24 from beyond the arc, three by Theriault and each by Brandon Milligan, Adam Volkernick and Child.
Despite a trio of Cobra defenders around him, Mountain Valley's Zachary Radcliffe finds a teammate to pass to in the lane. (Times photo by Bruce Farrin)
Try as he might, it was difficult for the Falcons' Justin Carter to get a shot away when a Carrabec player was holding his arm back. (Times photo by Bruce Farrin)