PORTLAND – Patrick Green scored seven points in the final two minutes Tuesday night to help Deering fend off a challenge from Marshwood for a 67-64 boys’ basketball victory.

Deering (2-0) received balanced scoring. Jon Amabile led the Rams with 20 points and Green scored 15, all in the second half. Labson Abwoch finished with 14.

Marshwood didn’t suffer from the customary opening-game jitters and played a solid game from start to finish.

The Hawks’ scheduled opening game Friday night against Portland was postponed.

“Pat Green really stepped up and had a great game,” said Deering Coach Dan LeGage. “Marshwood is a good team. They’re going to win a lot of games.”

Green hit a 3-pointer with two minutes remaining to give Deering the lead for good. But the Hawks twice cut it to one. Danny Veino hit a basket to cut it to one, then Jack Verrill scored with 20 seconds left.

After his 3-pointer, Green was 4 of 4 from the line.

“Our two big men got in foul trouble so we had to be careful with them,” said LeGage. “We kept alternating them in and out. I thought the key to the game was when we went inside to our big men in the third quarter.”

Abwoch, a 6-foot-6 junior center, had eight points in the third quarter, when Deering outscored the Hawks 22-11 after trailing 30-25 at the half.

Marshwood’s two big men, Matt Crosby and Jack Verrill, were outstanding. Crosby finished with 17 points and Verrill added 16.

Guard Danny Veino scored all of his seven points in the fourth quarter for the Hawks.

“Our big men played well,” said Marshwood Coach Mike Zamarchi. “We kept making runs at Deering but they’re a well-balanced team.”

After trailing 12-9 through the first period, the Hawks outscored the Rams 21-13 in the second.

Reserve Brady Innes and Verrill each had six points for Marshwood in the second quarter.

In the third, the Rams scored from inside and outside to take charge.

Green had two 3-pointers and finished with eight points in the quarter to match Abwoch’s output.

Deering’s bench came up big in the quarter, including three baskets by Garang Ater.

For a first-game performance, Zamarchi was displeased.

“I thought we had them at the end but they stayed just ahead of us,” he said.

The Hawks will be home Thursday night against Portland in the rescheduling of the postponed game.

Amabile scored 15 of his game-high 20 points in the first half for Deering.

 

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