Monday February 25, 2013 | 03:58 AM

Medomak Valley's 6-foot-8 center, John Murray, is a Mr. Basketball semifinalist and an obvious source of attention for opponents. Murray was double-teamed every time he got the ball against Mt. Desert Island in the Eastern Class B final. While he was being contained, the Panthers were slow starting on offense.

Finally, the Medomak Valley guards began making plays - outside shots, drives to the basket - and that opened up space for Murray and 6-5 Ryan Ripley. The result was a 56-50 win for the Panthers.

“It took a little bit for the guards to get going,” Medomak Valley guard Jonathan Henrickson-Belloguet said. “Our bigs weren’t getting anything. John’s our go-to guy and we had to work around that.

“But our team chemistry is good. We could work around it.”

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