January 23

Schoolboy basketball: Yarmouth handles Wells

The Clippers use the opportunity to prepare for the tournament.

By Paul Betit pbetit@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

YARMOUTH — If the Yarmouth boys are going to make a run deep into the Western Class B basketball tournament next month, they are not going to depend on one player.

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Nate Booth of Wells passes the ball along the baseline in front of Ben Still of Yarmouth during Yarmouth’s 72-51 victory Wednesday.

John Patriquin/Staff Photographer.

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It takes a team to do well in the playoffs.

Wednesday night, the Clippers showed why they could be just that kind of team.

Nearly every player on the roster contributed as Yarmouth rolled to a 72-51 victory against Wells in a Western Maine Conference game.

“It was a good game for the team,” Yarmouth Coach Adam Smith said. “We’re not back to where we want to be, but it was nice that we got a lot of people into the game tonight because we needed to. We’ve still got some growing left to do.”

The Clippers (10-4) simply took over the game in the second half when they held a 34-10 edge in rebounds and limited the Warriors (4-9) to just 20 shots.

“Everybody from Yarmouth attacked the boards,” Wells Coach Troy Brown said, “We didn’t do that. We gave them too many second-chance opportunities. When you give a good team second-chance opportunities, they’re going to kill you.”

David Murphy scored a team-high 13 points for the Clippers, who had 12 players score.

Reserves Jordan Brown and Cody Cook each scored nine points.

Wells guard Jake Moody scored a game-high 21 points, 10 coming during the first four minutes of the fourth quarter.

Nate Booth followed with 11 points.

The Clippers led by as many as 12 points in the first quarter, but a 7-0 run during the second quarter enabled the Warriors to move within 33-26 with 2:18 left in the first half.

Yarmouth started the third quarter with a 19-2 run to open a 58-31 lead.

“We contained a little bit better in our half-court defense and didn’t try to extend (our zone) as much,” Smith said. “We went to more of a contain defense, and that helped us to control the boards and where they were getting their shots from.”

The Clippers also took full advantage of their size advantage.

“We had more numbers on the boards tonight,” Smith said.

“I saw a little bit more hunger on the boards than I have in the past.”

Yarmouth, which made 16 of 18 free throws, also got major contributions from its bench.

“Our bench has been a growing process for us all year,” Smith said. “We got a sixth, seventh and eighth man. We’ve had an opportunity to play a lot of guys because they’ve earned it and they produce when they get out there.”

“As the season’s gone on, we’ve started to play more as a team,” said Jordan Brown, normally the first player off the bench for the Clippers. “If we get down on ourselves, one kid doesn’t have to score all the points.

“I think it’s a lot better when we play as a team, and we’re passing and getting open looks.”

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