April 08, 2020
BANGOR DAILY NEWS (BANGOR, MAINE

Sharp Warriors cruise to win over Indians

OLD TOWN – Relentless defensive pressure, a dominant inside game, and an almost perfect foul-shooting effort.

When all three of those things come together in the same game, it’s tough to lose.

The Warriors from Nokomis High in Newport found that out first-hand Thursday night as they combined all three factors to post a surprisingly easy, 77-61 victory over a solid Old Town team at MacKenzie Gym.

“This is probably the best game that we’ve played as a team together,” said Nokomis coach Jim DiFrederico.

The Warriors, who improved to 3-2 with the win, shot 89 percent (24-for-27) from the free-throw line, got 57 percent of their points from the starting frontcourt, and helped force 16 Old Town turnovers.

It was the kind of performance DiFrederico may want to keep on videotape and show his boys periodically to remind them what they’re capable of doing.

“Yes. Yes, definitely… Definitely. That’s one of the first games that we’ve come and played for four quarters,” he said.

The offensive leaders for Nokomis were forward Frankie Rapp and center Rodney Rouse, both of whom made unlikely leading scorers since Rapp managed only two points in the first half and Rouse, who was playing with a knee brace for a torn anterior cruciate ligament, had to sit out virtually all of the third quarter with foul trouble.

But Rapp took it upon himself to take over the scoring load inside with Rouse on the bench and scored 10 points in the third quarter en route to a game-high 18 with seven rebounds.

“We never had the inside game going like this before. But, you take it to the basket, you get fouled, and you go to the line, and that’s what we did,” said Rapp.

“They told me to take it to the basket and the shots fell for me in the second half,” said Rapp. “Basically, when Rodney went out, it opened up for me a little more and I took advantage of it.”

Rouse had a balanced game with eight points in the first half, seven in the second, and a game-best 10 rebounds, six on the offensive boards.

“We just came off a pretty bad loss to Bangor and this really helps us psychologically,” said Rouse. “I think the main thing for me was our defense. When the team plays well, I play well.”

Nokomis’ defensive leader was junior guard Richie Otis, who had the unenviable task of guarding Jeremy Belyea, Old Town’s offense leader.

Otis was more than equal to the task as he held Belyea to three points in the first half and eight for the game.

“Richie did a heck of a job on him.” said DiFrederico.

Warriors 77, Indians 61

Nokomis (3-2) Old Town (3-3)

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

Henderson 0 0 0 0 0 Emerson 5 15 0 0 10

Tucker 0 1 0 0 0 Vermette 1 1 2 3 4

R. Otis 4 14 2 2 10 Thibeault 0 2 2 4 2

Boulanger 1 1 1 2 3 Belyea 3 11 1 2 8

White 2 6 6 6 11 Godsoe 0 4 1 2 1

Morse 0 1 2 2 2 Thibodeau 3 8 3 4 9

Ellisen 4 6 3 4 11 Sirois 0 0 0 0 0

Adams 0 0 0 0 0 Dumont 5 11 0 2 11

J. Otis 2 3 3 3 7 Boynton 2 4 0 0 4

Rapp 9 16 0 0 18 Fournier 3 6 1 3 7

Gaasterland 0 3 0 0 0 Yanush 1 2 1 1 3

Rouse 4 10 7 8 15 DeGrasse 1 3 0 0 2

Totals 26 61 24 27 77 Totals 24 67 11 21 61

Nokomis 17 35 59 77

Old Town 19 30 44 61

3-pt. goals: Nokomis (1-7): White 1-2, J. Otis 0-1, R. Otis 0-4; Old Town (2-9): Dumont 1-2, Belyea 1-5, Thibodeau 0-1, Boynton 0-1

Attendance: 231


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