April 05, 2020
BANGOR DAILY NEWS (BANGOR, MAINE

Old Town squads cruise past Presque Isle> Boys use fast-break game; Pardilla, Kenniston spark Indians in girls contest

OLD TOWN – The Indians proved to be very inhospitable hosts Friday afternoon as both Old Town’s boys and girls basketball teams sent their opponents from Presque Isle back to Aroostook County with blowout losses.

Since all four teams are in the race for the upper echelon of the Class A tournament seedings, neither game figured to be runaways.

But 90 minutes after the opening tipoff, the unbeaten Old Town girls remained that way with a 72-42 drubbing of the defending Class A state champs and the Old Town boys used County Basketball to run all over one of the teams which pioneered it, 74-45.

In the boys game, Old Town stole page 1 from the visiting Wildcats’ push-it-up playbook and used the fast break to dismantle Presque Isle – the top-ranked team in the latest Eastern Maine Heal Point standings.

“[Presque Isle coach] Tim [Prescott] and I were talking about that at the end of the game. We usually have good height and they’re the ones who always try to push it up and down the court,” said Old Town coach Marty Clark.

But with their tallest starting lineup (6-2 1/2 average height) in Prescott’s 13-year coaching career, the Wildcats have been beating teams with an uncharacteristicly deliberate halfcourt game.

The Indians, who improve to 8-4, made up for height with quickness and ballhandling, but the keys to the win were an early defensive switch and what may be their best effort at boxing opponents out all year. In fact, Old Town outrebounded the taller ‘Cats 24-21.

The 7-4 Wildcats took an early 10-4 lead by scoring at will from the low post, thanks to forward Marc Wood (team-leading 13 points), who scored seven of those points.

So with 2 1/2 minutes left, Clark switched from a 1-2-2 to a 2-3 zone which spread Presque Isle’s shooters out to the corners and wings. At the same time, the Indians defended the paint with dogged determination. The result was a 16-0 run that ended the opening quarter and gave the Indians a 20-10 lead.

After pulling within five points (20-15), Presque Isle never got closer than eight points again.

“They boxed us out real well and we weren’t hitting outside shots. When you’re not hitting shots, you’re dead,” said ‘Cats assistant coach Ralph Michaud.

Despite a feverish pace that produced back-to-back-to-back turnovers three times in the game, the Indians shot a blistering 75 percent from the foul line, 59 percent from the field, and 56 percent from 3-point range.

Old Town point guard Jeremy Belyea led the way with 23 points, seven assists, and three steals.

In the girls game, it was the Andrea Pardilla-Jody Kenniston show at MacKenzie Gym.

When Kenniston wasn’t stealing passes and heading up a frenetic fast break, Pardilla (17 points, 12 rebounds, four blocks, four assists) was creating matchup problems and making sure Presque Isle wasn’t getting any second shots.

“With Andrea and the way she can play, I think that’s all we ever should give up is one shot,” said Old Town coach Garry Spencer. “That’s our goal is to hurry up and make them shoot, get the rebound, and go.”

The Indians outrebounded the ‘Cats 22-11 on the defensive boards and 14-7 on the offensive end.

While Pardilla took care of things inside, Kenniston ran the break (eight assists) and wreaked havoc on offense (21 points on 77 percent shooting) and defense (five steals, four of which led to uncontested layups).

The Indians helped force 17 Presque Isle turnovers and held the Wildcats to 28 percent shooting from the floor while alternating between a 2-3 matchup zone and man-to-man. They also paid special attention to forward Brianna Blanchard, who scored only two her team-leading 15 points in the first half and 11 in the last 11 minutes when the game wasn’t in doubt.

Old Town scorched the nets with 51 percent shooting from the floor.

Indians 72, Wildcats 42

Presque Isle girls Old Town

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

Peers 2 8 2 2 6 Thurston 3 6 0 0 6

Millard 1 2 0 0 2 Scirica 0 2 0 0 0

Ireland 0 3 0 0 0 O’Keefe 0 1 0 0 0

Tilley 1 4 1 2 3 Cuarisma 2 5 0 1 4

McPherson 4 8 0 0 8 Kenniston 10 13 0 1 21

Cowett 0 1 0 0 0 Voyer 3 7 0 0 6

Hayward 0 5 0 0 0 St. Peter 3 5 1 2 8

Hallett 1 5 1 2 3 Spencer 0 1 0 0 0

Piper 2 9 1 4 5 Nadeau 0 2 0 0 0

Blanchard 6 16 1 1 15 Pardilla 7 12 3 4 17

Ferland 3 8 3 4 9

Bagley 1 1 0 2 2

Totals 17 61 6 11 42 Totals 32 63 7 14 72

Presque Isle 9 15 32 42

Old Town 20 36 61 72

3-pt. goals: Presque Isle (2-11): Blanchard 2-4, Ireland 0-1, McPherson 0-1, Cowett 0-1, Hayward 0-2, Peers 0-2; Old Town (1-4): Kenniston 1-3, Cuarisma 0-1

Attendance: 600 (est.)

Indians 74, Wildcats 45

Presque Isle boys Old Town

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

Larsen 1 3 0 2 2 Emerson 2 5 2 2 6

Tuttle 1 4 0 0 3 Vermette 2 2 2 2 6

McPherson 3 10 0 1 7 Thibeault 1 1 2 2 5

Blanchard 2 9 1 5 5 Belyea 7 12 8 10 23

Gardiner 0 2 0 0 0 Godsoe 0 0 0 0 0

Constant 1 4 2 4 4 Thibodeau 2 6 1 4 6

Graves 1 6 0 0 2 Sirois 0 0 0 0 0

Wood 5 5 3 5 13 Dumont 3 3 0 0 7

Robertson 2 3 2 2 6 Boynton 2 4 0 0 5

Czosnek 0 2 1 2 1 Fournier 3 4 0 0 6

Griffin 0 0 2 2 2 Yanush 0 1 0 0 0

DeGrasse 5 8 0 0 10

Totals 16 48 11 23 45 Totals 27 46 15 20 74

Presque Isle 10 17 33 45

Old Town 20 31 47 74

3-pt. goals: Presque Isle (2-15): Tuttle 1-3, McPherson 1-5, Larsen 0-1, Constant 0-1, Gardiner 0-1, Graves 0-4; Old Town (5-9): Thibeault 1-1, Dumont 1-1, Boynton 1-1, Belyea 1-3, Thibodeau 1-3

Attendance: 600 (est.)


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