February 8, 2013

Boys' basketball: Dragons go inside for a win

Brunswick plays well in the paint and holds off a late charge by Mt. Ararat for a 63-50 victory.

By EARL SWINSON Special to the Press Herald

BRUNSWICK - Blake Gordon scored 19 points and Derek Devereaux added 16 as Brunswick beat Mt. Ararat 63-50 in a Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference schoolboy basketball game Thursday night.

Mt. Ararat took a 7-2 lead, propelled by three takeaways and a 6-3 rebounding advantage, and Brunswick Coach Todd Hanson called a quick timeout.

"I was disappointed," said Hanson. "I thought it being Senior Night and a rivalry game that we'd have more energy. I reminded them we needed to play more inspired because Ararat's a well-coached team and they came to play."

Brunswick responded. Gordon knocked down a 3-pointer and Alex Bandouveres (10 points) scored on a put-back, then finished off a Devereaux bounce pass for a 9-7 lead.

"I was trying to get the ball to the paint," said Devereaux. "That's been our biggest issue this year and Coach has had us working on it."

"We've been trying to emphasize the paint," agreed Hanson, "and get an inside-out game going. When we get the ball inside, good things happen, but it's still a work in progress."

Ryan Black followed a Mt. Ararat timeout with a drive and dish to Brad Smith before Shyheim Ulrickson answered for the Eagles with a driving layup.

Smith hit a free throw off an offensive rebound and Devereaux swished a 3 for a 15-9 Brunswick lead at the end of one quarter.

Smith opened the second with a bucket off the offensive boards, and Devereaux nailed another 3-pointer for a 20-9 lead.

"I had been tired from the flu but was feeling good and shooting well," said Devereaux.

Alex LaPierre ended the run with a 3 from the corner off an Ulrickson feed, but Brunswick (10-8) was up 31-19 at halftime.

A pair of 3-pointers from Devereaux and one each from Konnor Scarponi and Black gave the Dragons their largest lead at 47-30 in the third, but a basket from Mason Griffin and five points from Ulrickson closed the gap to 10 points.

Ulrickson had 11 of his 19 points in the third quarter for the Eagles (7-11).

Brunswick led 50-37 in the fourth when the Eagles went on a 9-0 run. Tyler Roberts had five points and a pair of steals, the second ending with an Ulrickson layup to make it 50-46.

But Gordon drove for a bucket and followed with another off a nice Smith pass. Scarponi hit two free throws for a 56-46 margin, and the Dragons closed it out from the line.


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