Tuesday, March 11, 2014
By Paul Betit
Special to the Press Herald
YARMOUTH — After suffering their first loss of the season, the Greely boys had to wait all week to get back onto the basketball court.
Friday night, the Rangers took it out against Yarmouth.
Greely, which reeled off 10 wins before losing 69-55 at Falmouth last Saturday night, played one of its most complete quarters of the season and ran away with a 64-48 win in a Western Class B game to complete a sweep of the two-game season series between the teams.
“We had one game this week, so it’s been a long week in the gym with practice and that can be tough sometimes,” Greely Coach Travis Seaver said. “I’m very happy with the way they came out. We executed very well. We handled Yarmouth’s pressure (defense) pretty well.”
Greely (11-1) opened the second quarter with a 24-2 run to move into a 35-14 lead with 2:10 left in the first half.
“(Greely) played very well, and at no time during the second quarter were we able to regain our composure,” Yarmouth Coach Adam Smith said. “You knock down a shot, it makes a difference. You get a rebound, it makes a difference. We got frustrated with some of the calls and we let that bother us. The pace, which we should be able to dictate, got away from us.”
The Clippers (8-4) managed to outscore the Rangers in the second half but were never able to get back into the game.
“Uncharacteristically, a lot of things broke down in that second quarter, and as very good teams will do they took advantage of it,” Smith said.
Connor Hanley, who contributed 11 points to the second-quarter run, finished with 23 points for the Rangers. Bailey Train followed with 12.
Adam Labrie led Yarmouth with 14 points.
Despite running into foul trouble, the Rangers were able to maintain a sizeable lead throughout the second half. Michael McDevitt, a 6-foot-7 center and a leading scorer and rebounder, spent nearly 10 minutes on the bench after receiving his third foul early in the third quarter.
“I thought we played well when I wasn’t in,” said McDevitt, who still managed to score nine points and grab 11 rebounds.
“We held them pretty steady on defense. We didn’t let them score that much. We had some careless turnovers, but against (Yarmouth’s) zone that’s going to happen.”
McDevitt credited Train and Hanley with hampering Yarmouth’s outside shooters.
“Bailey and Connor really shut down their two primary 3-point shooters,” he said. “If you can take away a team’s (3-point shooters), you’re really going to hinder their ability to score.”
The Clippers managed to close to within 14 points early in the fourth quarter. They had a chance to cut Greely’s lead even more but missed the front end of two one-and-ones. For the game, Yarmouth sank only 3 of 15 free throws.
“You can’t make any mistakes,” Smith said. “When you make mistakes at the foul line and (with) open looks, those are going to haunt you against a team like Greely.”