Wolverines, Lawrence get first win
There were occasions during Tuesday night’s Mountain Valley Conference high school boys basketball game that Wiscasset coach Dana Lawrence felt his first varsity coaching win was in the bag, followed moments later by a thought of “maybe not!”
The Wolverines did pick up Lawrence’s first win, a 61-53 decision over winless Lisbon, but it surely didn’t come easy as the Greyhounds fought to the last whistle, nearly erasing all of a 16-point deficit (55- 39) in just two minutes to draw within four, 57-53, with 45 seconds remaining.
“It was a real ugly win, but we’ll take it,” said Lawrence whose team improved to 1-2 and visits Spruce Mountain ( Jay/ Livermore co- op) on Thursday before a six-day layoff. “It feels good to get this first one out of the way. Lisbon had some good spurts throughout, mostly because we didn’t take care of the ball.”
“Our bench came through big today, and we realize that we have to use everyone to have success,” said Lawrence.
For Lisbon, the loss drops Eric Hall’s squad to 0-4, but the coach praised the “nevergive up” attitude of his Greyhounds, who will host Boothbay on Thursday at 7 p.m.
“ Tonight, these players came to realize that they can compete with a team like a Wiscasset, that the hard work in practice and in games can lead to success,” said Hall, who received 13 points from center Jacob Bremmer and 11 off the bench by Derrick Lycette. “The kids are buying into what we are talking about. We have two more games this season with Wiscasset, so our goal will be to continue to improve and see what happens down the road.”
Tied 7-7 midway through the first quarter, Wiscasset went on a run, outscoring Lisbon 11-2 for an 18-9 advantage after a quarter. Jones had five points, including the game’s only 3- pointer, while Cory Hodgdon put up four points.
“We wanted to take away Jones, and I think that was the only time we sat back on him and he hurt us with a 3,” said Hall, who watched his team respond to open the second quarter with a 7-0 run.
Lycette paid immediate dividends off the bench, scoring nine points in the second quarter, including a threepoint play to get his team within two points, 18-16.
The Wolverines staved off Lisbon’s run, using pressure defense to cause 17 first-half turnovers and outrebounding the Greyhounds 18-8. Grover scored six points in the frame as Wiscasset went to the locker room on top 34-27.
“ I didn’t think we were playing our best basketball at times, plus Lisbon showed that they are a lot better than advertised,” said Jones
Neither team found much of a tempo in the third quarter, with the ’Hounds holding a slight 9-8 scoring advantage.
Wiscasset appeared to put the game away early in the fourth, running off eight straight points for a 50- 36 lead, and a Grover hoop-andharm with 3: 34 remaining staked the Wolverines to a 55- 39 advantage.
Lisbon refused to quit, going on an 11-0 scoring spree in a two-minute span to get within five points, 55-50, with 1:36 remaining.
Coming out of a timeout, Jones managed to slip behind the Lisbon defense, with Padilla launching a half-court pass to his teammate for a 57- 50 lead. A free throw by Mason Smith and a putback by Bremmer drew the Greyhounds to 57-53 with 45 ticks remaining, but Jones and Padilla each made two free throws to close out the 61-53 Wiscasset win.
Padilla chipped in seven points and a like number of rebounds, while Jason Weatherbee added six points. Jones, Grover, Hodgdon and Stewart each picked up three steals, and Caleb Bryant had a gamehigh eight rebounds. The Wolverines shot 38 percent (23 of 60) from the floor and were 14 of 19 at the charity stripe.
Mason Haley added eight points, five rebounds and three assists for the Greyhounds, while Smith chipped in nine points and two steals. Lisbon was 21 of 45 (46 percent) from the field, but struggled at the foul line (11 of 21).
At Wiscasset High School
Lisbon — Mason Smith 3-3-9, Mason
Haley 3-2-8, Tucker Brannon 1-0-2, Brad
Groh 3-0-6, Jacob Bremmer 5-3-13, Kyle
Sheehan 0-0-0, Nick Collins 1-0-2, Derrick
Lycette 5-1-11, Kendal Roy 0-2-2. Totals
Wiscasset — Devin Grover 5-6-16, Jordan Jones 6-2-15, Cory Hodgdon 2-2-6,
Caleb Bryant 2-0-4, Jason Weatherbee 3-
0-6, Travis Padilla 2-3-7, Eddie Stewart 2-
0-4, Ben Sutter 1-1-3, Austin Haskell 0-0-
0, James Andretta 0-0-0. Totals — 23-14-
3-pointer — (W) Jones.
Records — Wiscasset 1-2, Lisbon 0-4.
Next — The Wolverines visit Spruce
Mountain on Thursday, while the Greyhounds entertain Boothbay on Thursday.