Saturday, March 8, 2014
By MARK JEANNERET, Special to the Press Herald
CAPE ELIZABETH - Jake Moody was quick to critique his performance.
"Ten. That was my best game of the year."
Not many would argue.
Moody scored 20 of his game-high 38 points in the fourth quarter to highlight Wells' 70-65 comeback victory over Cape Elizabeth in a Western Class B boys' high school basketball game played Tuesday night.
The junior guard welcomed the fourth quarter by scoring the first eight points of the period to reverse a four-point deficit into a four-point advantage.
By the time the dust settled the Warriors (6-2) had put together a 12-0 run -- aided by three Cape turnovers -- in the first two minutes of the period to jump ahead 53-45 on their way to the win.
"Let's be honest, Jake Moody took over," said Wells Coach Troy Brown. "The kid's a basketball player. I don't teach him anything. He has skills that you just don't teach, his stamina amazes me, he's got great athletic ability and I've never seen such a smart basketball player. I've been coaching varsity for five years but I've been around it for 18 years. He's just so smart."
Cape, which saw a seven-game winning streak end to drop to 7-2 on the year, was rattled but hung tough despite Moody's exploits. The Capers got themselves back to within one, down 60-59 with 2:09 left in regulation.
The Warriors closed out the game by making 10 straight from the foul line, eight of which were drained by Moody, to keep the home side at bay.
"We went in at halftime knowing they were going to make some changes so we just came out in the second half trying to play the way we know we can play," said Moody, the spark plug of Wells' up-tempo approach.
"We took advantage of a lot of steals, hit some big shots and we knocked our foul shots down tonight."
Cape got off to a good start and built an early 19-14 lead after one quarter. The prognosis seemed even better considering Dylan Stevens, one of the Warriors top players, ran into trouble early and found himself on the bench with three fouls only seven minutes into the game.
The Capers were unable to take advantage of the opportunity and only managed to stretch their lead by one while Stevens sat for the entire second quarter.
Cape led 28-22 at the break.
"We really missed a golden opportunity when Stevens ran into foul trouble in the first half," said Cape Coach Jim Ray.
Stevens, who finished with 20 points, returned to start the second half and immediately made his presence felt with eight points in the third quarter.
The Warriors enjoyed an 8-2 run midway through the period to tie the game at 37-37.
Cape re-asserted itself before the end of the period to carry a 45-41 lead into the final period.
Henry Babcock led the Capers with 20 points while Ethan Murphy added 14.