Second-seeded Maranacook used an uptempo, full-court offense to defeat seventh-seeded Lisbon 57-37 in a Class B South quarterfinal Saturday at the Portland Expo.

The Black Bears (17-2) generated points in transition while stymying the Greyhounds (10-9) throughout the contest.

“That’s our game,” said Maranacook Coach Rob Schmidt. “That’s what we try to do every game. We’re really not a very good half-court team, but when we can stretch the court out to three quarter or full court, we’re comfortable with that.”

Maranacook will take on No. 3 Yarmouth in a semifinal at 7 p.m. Thursday at Cross Insurance Arena.

From the opening tip, the Black Bears’ speed wreaked havoc on both ends of the floor. Maranacook forced eight turnovers in the first quarter alone as it raced out to a 20-11 lead.

“These guys are really athletic,” said Schmidt. “They have intuition. They’re quick, some of them are pretty long. It is disruptive and that’s what we want to be.”

Lisbon was able to shift momentum and close the gap in the second quarter, returning the favor in the turnover department. Maranacook had a hard time getting the offense set and scored just seven points in the second quarter, taking a 27-20 lead into halftime.

Maranacook came out moving at full-speed again in the second half. After Lisbon scored the first basket of the third quarter, the Black Bears rattled off 18 straight points to put the game away.

“We had nine turnovers in the second quarter, so that directly relates to the amount of points we had,” said Schmidt. “Obviously, if you’re coughing the ball up, you’re not going to score. We came out in the 1-2-2 in the second half, and that’s really one of our staples, so we felt pretty comfortable and put some pressure on them. We got some transition baskets out of that.”

The dynamic backcourt of Kyle Wilbur, who scored 20 points – eight during the 18-0 run in the third – and Kent Mohlar (10 points) set a pace for the Black Bears that proved too much for the Greyhounds.

“We try to spread them out so we can stretch the defense out, and they’ve been doing a great job with the unselfishness and really looking for the open guy,” said Schmidt.”

Levi Emery added nine points and Jason Brooks chipped in eight for Maranacook.

“It’s really fun to play on a team where everyone can shoot and we don’t care who has the ball,” said Wilbur.


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