March 22, 2019
BANGOR DAILY NEWS (BANGOR, MAINE

Dahl key as Rams post win Tight defense halts Warriors’ big gun

BANGOR – Two years ago, Dan Dahl came out of lower Aroostook County with a reputation as big as his gaudy 27 points-per-game scoring average.

Since that time, fans of the Bangor High School boys basketball team have come to appreciate Dahl’s overall game, watching his transformation from big-time scorer to big-time player.

Dahl, who transferred to Bangor from Houlton following his sophomore year, may have scored only six points in Tuesday night’s 64-40 victory over Nokomis of Newport. But it was the rest of his game which keyed the undefeated Rams to victory No. 5 this season.

Defensively, Dahl shut down Nokomis top gun Jody Grant – 10 points on 4-for-19 shooting – while also picking off six rebounds, dishing out five assists, and recording two steals. All this while barely playing three full quarters.

“We’re playing him on the ball this year because he’s got those long arms and he does a very good job,” said Bangor coach Roger Reed. “Dan did a very good job tonight. He concentrated real hard on stopping Jody.”

Even more important than getting a hand in the face of the 5-foot-7 Grant every time he shot, the 6-2 Dahl denied the Warrior point guard the ball once he had given it up.

“That was one of the best defensive performances (against Grant) this season,” said Nokomis coach Jim DiFrederico. “We talked about (the tough defense) and we knew that was going to happen, but (Grant) just didn’t keep his composure.”

With Grant taken out of his game, an early run by Bangor blew the game open and the Rams cruised to victory from there.

With Bangor leading 10-4 early in the first quarter, senior forward Matt Kinney began firing away from downtown, canning four straight buckets – including three 3-pointers – as Bangor opened up a 21-4 lead.

Kinney, who led Bangor with 21 points, sank five 3-point shots on the night and now has 15 3-point buckets in his last three games. He has connected on 63 percent, 15 of 24, of those long-range jumpers. He also contributed six rebounds and four steals to the Bangor effort.

Matt Pitcher led 3-2 Nokomis with 12 points and seven rebounds.

Nokomis did outscore Bangor 8-6 in a woeful second quarter, during which the two teams combined to shoot 5-for-31 (16 percent) from the floor.

But a Bangor spurt early in the third quarter blew the game open for good.

After swapping baskets to begin the half, Bangor made a 7-0 run with Dahl hitting a leaner in the paint, Richie Day scoring on an offensive putback, and Kinney canning a “3” to make it 36-14.

“I told them at halftime that we were taking too many quick shots,” said Reed. “It was come down, one pass, and a shot. We were out of our rhythm. We did a much better job in that third quarter.”

Rams 64, Warriors 40

Nokomis Bangor

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

Grant 4 19 0 0 10 Dahl 2 8 2 4 6

Otis 0 5 2 2 2 Kinney 8 16 0 0 21

Leadbetter 3 9 1 2 8 Clark 1 4 0 0 2

Pitcher 4 11 4 8 12 Jamieson 2 11 0 0 5

Dorman 0 4 0 0 0 Day 3 4 2 3 8

Nickerson 0 1 0 0 0 McEwen 0 3 0 0 0

Smith 2 5 1 2 5 Ke.Allen 1 2 2 2 4

LaPointe 1 2 0 0 3 Waterman 1 1 2 2 4

Cough 0 0 0 0 0 St. Pierre 1 2 2 2 4

Robichaud 0 2 1 2 1

O’Connell 0 1 1 2 1

King 0 1 0 0 0

Arsenault 0 0 0 0 0

Ki.Allen 1 1 0 0 3

Parke 0 1 0 2 0

Wright 1 2 1 2 3

Morse 1 1 0 0 2

Totals 14 56 8 14 40 Totals 22 60 13 21 64

Nokomis 4 12 24 40

Bangor 21 27 46 64

3-pt. goals: Nokomis (4-14): Grant 2-7, LaPointe 1-2, Leadbetter 1-3, Otis 0-2; Bangor (7-20): Kinney 5-10, Jamieson 1-3, Ki. Allen 1-1, McEwen 0-3, Ke. Allen 0-1, Dahl 0-1, O’Connell 0-1


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