April 01, 2020
BANGOR DAILY NEWS (BANGOR, MAINE

After slow start, Bangor beats up archrival Brewer> Waterman and Arsenault stand out

BANGOR – Maybe it was the fact it was midterm week at Bangor High School. Maybe it was the dearth of practices and regular games during the last two weeks of winter storms. Perhaps it was Bangor’s lofty perch in the Class A Heal Point standings and Brewer’s position near the bottom, or maybe it was caused by El Nino, Monica Lewinsky, a right wing conspiracy… or all of the above.

Whatever the reason, Tuesday night’s Bangor-Brewer game may have marked an all-time low – in terms of emotion and excitement – in one of Maine’s most stirring and appealing historical high school rivalries.

After falling behind early, the Bangor Rams charged past Brewer in the second quarter and never looked back at the dust trail en route to a 61-36 victory at Red Barry Gymnasium.

Bangor upped its record to 9-1 while Brewer dropped to 2-8.

“Last year’s games were real exciting, but today the intensity and the emotion and stuff weren’t there. It was sluggish,” said Bangor’s Mike Arsenault. “I have no idea what happened. It was just going in slow motion.”

Fortunately for Bangor, Arsenault (11 points) and point guard Tommy Waterman (14 points, four steals) were moving in real time.

After Brewer used a punishing halfcourt game to outrebound Bangor 12-5 (6-1 on the offensive boards) and forge a 12-8 lead at the end of the first quarter, Bangor regrouped and used a disruptive man-to-man defense to turn lazy or long Brewer passes into steals and easy layups.

“They were patient early, but when our defense picked it up, we got some steals, some easy baskets, and we got on a roll. That made them play at a higher tempo than I think they wanted and that played into our hands,” said Waterman.

Bangor attacked Brewer’s young backcourt, harassing the guards before they could get the ball near the key. The result was 14 Brewer turnovers in the first half, eight of which helped the Rams outscore the Witches 25-4 in the second quarter.

“We got in the passing lanes a little better. We didn’t do anything major except that we didn’t turn the ball over while capitalizing on their turnovers,” said Bangor coach Roger Reed.

Brewer outrebounded the Rams 25-23, but committed 23 turnovers to Bangor’s 12.

“We just didn’t take care of the ball,” said Brewer coach Mark Savage. “We’d start our offense from a very awkward position. Our guys were too far out and we were having to make passes from difficult angles.”

The lone Brewer bright spot in the game was the frontcourt’s performance. Forward Pat Griffin led the way with 12 points and 10 rebounds – six in the first quarter. Forward Tim Miller showed why he has been moved into the starting lineup with 11 points and eight boards – six in the opening quarter.

Bangor’s Joe Merrill, part of Bangor’s three-man post player-by-committee rotation, was a force off the bench in the second quarter, scoring all six of his points during a 19-2 Bangor run.

“If you work hard, you’ll get a chance,” said Merrill. “We have three good guys in the post who can give us 6-8 points a game and we have plenty of fouls to go around underneath.”

Rams 61, Witches 36

Brewer (2-8) 36 Bangor (9-1) 61

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

Leighton 1 3 0 0 2 Waterman 7 15 0 0 14

Largay 0 2 0 0 0 Loukes 1 2 0 1 2

Morneault 0 1 0 0 0 Gildart 0 0 0 0 0

Leeman 0 0 0 0 0 Peoples 1 3 2 2 4

Howard 0 1 0 0 0 Blackstone 4 4 0 0 8

Sieber 2 3 0 0 6 Crane 0 0 0 0 0

Griffin 5 15 1 2 12 Gallant 1 1 0 0 2

Miller 4 9 3 4 11 Leture 1 3 0 0 2

Johnson 1 2 0 0 2 Arsenault 4 13 2 2 11

Snell 0 0 1 2 1 Pitula 0 1 3 4 3

Kimball 0 1 0 0 0 Chadbourne 1 1 1 2 3

Hughes 1 7 0 0 2 Clarkson 0 2 0 0 0 Hughes 1 7 0 0 2 Clarkson 0 2 0 0 0

Merrill 3 3 0 0 6

Webber 1 2 0 0 2

Turner 2 2 0 0 4

Totals 14 44 5 8 36 Totals 26 52 8 11 61

Brewer 12 16 27 36

Bangor 8 33 49 61

3-pt. goals: Brewer (3-14): Sieber 2-3, Griffin 1-6, Howard 0-1, Miller 0-1, Hughes 0-3; Bangor (1-11): Arsenault 1-5, Peoples 0-1, Leture 0-2, Waterman 0-3

Attendance: 400 (est.)

Preliminary: Bangor JV 51, Brewer 36


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