November 18, 2019
BANGOR DAILY NEWS (BANGOR, MAINE

Kinney hits ‘The Zone’ for Bangor> Rams roll past Broncos

HAMPDEN – Less than one minute into the second quarter, Bangor High School’s Matt Kinney suddenly found himself in The Zone.

And before the Hampden Academy Broncos knew it, the 6-foot-3 senior forward spotted up to hit four 3-point shots in a four-minute span, turning a four-point game into a 14-point lead en route to Bangor’s 60-47 Big East boys basketball victory at Skehan Gym Thursday night.

Kinney scored 14 of his game-high 24 points in the second quarter to help Bangor improve to 3-0 on the season.

Coach Earl Anderson’s Broncos, which lost four starters from the team which swept the season series with Bangor last year, slipped to 0-2.

“I just started looking at the hoop and getting into the gaps (of Hampden’s 2-3 zone defense),” said Kinney, who hit nine of 13 shots on the night. “After I hit my first shot, everything started flowing. My first couple of games I’ve struggled with my outside shot a bit. Tonight, all of a sudden, everything started working. It was one of those nights where I just felt it.”

With Bangor up 16-12 early in the second, Kinney answered two HA misses by swishing a couple of 3-pointers from the right wing. The Rams answered a third straight Hampden miss with a bucket down low from Richie Day to make it 24-12 with 5:45 left in the half.

Hampden point guard Russ Bartlett, the team’s lone returning starter from last year, sank two free throws to cut the lead back to 10, but Kinney canned another `3′ to make it 27-14.

Hoops by HA’s Aaron Peppard and Brett Johnson got Bangor’s lead back into single digits at 27-18, but it was as close as the Broncos would get.

Back-to-back hoops by Kinney, a 3-pointer and a 17-footer from the baseline, made it 32-18 and Bangor never looked back.

“That was a big key. He knocked down some big shots,” HA’s Anderson said. “We needed to find him a little quicker and we didn’t. A few times he shot over us anyway. They got a lot of weapons. They’re a tough team.”

Once Kinney helped build Bangor’s 14-point halftime lead with 18 points, teammate Danny Dahl helped put the game away in the third.

Dahl, who netted 16 points, scored the first nine points of an 11-0 Bangor run at the start of the third as the Rams built a 25-point lead, 48-23, with 3:03 left in the quarter.

An 18-8 fourth-quarter run, much of which came against Bangor’s reserves, helped Hampden cut the margin down to the final score.

Day, a powerful 6-2 junior forward, helped Bangor control the paint with 11 points and a game-high nine rebounds. Nat Clark only had two points, but shutdown HA’s sophomore inside game Aaron Peppard and also dished out a team-high four assists.

Troy Melvin, who transferred back to Hampden after a year at John Bapst in Bangor, had 17 points while Russ Bartlett added 16.

Rams 60, Broncos 47

Bangor Hampden

Name G AG F AF TP Name G AG F AF TP

Allen 1 3 0 0 2 Bartlett 4 15 4 5 15

Dahl 6 10 3 4 16 Johnson 1 1 0 1 2

Kinney 9 13 2 2 24 Melvin 5 8 3 3 17

Clark 1 4 0 0 2 Peppard 5 11 1 2 11

Day 4 6 3 5 11 Peet 0 1 0 0 0

Jamieson 1 5 0 0 2 Marquez 1 1 0 2 2

McEwen 0 3 0 0 0

Wright 0 0 0 0 0

Waterman 0 0 1 2 1

St. Pierre 0 0 0 0 0

Robichaud 1 2 0 0 2

O’Connell 0 1 0 0 0

Arsenault 0 0 0 0 0

Totals 23 47 9 13 60 Totals 16 37 8 13 47

Bangor 16 37 52 60

Hampden 10 23 29 47

3-pt. goals: Bangor (5-8): Kinney 4-6, Dahl 1-2, Allen 0-1; Hampden (7-12): Melvin 4-6, Bartlett 3-6


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