KENNEBUNK — The Kennebunk boys’ basketball team did what it set out to do Tuesday night – not let a hot-shooting Trevor LaBonte of York have a big night from the outside.

Instead the problem was the inside game, which helped York to a 55-51 victory in a Western Maine Conference game.

Reid Hogan, shooting from inside and outside, led York (5-2) with 22 points, and Jackson McCarty controlled the middle with 12 points and a game-high 11 rebounds, plus three assists.

LaBonte scored 13 points for the Wildcats against the Rams (3-5).

“Everyone and their brother is going to try to stop (LaBonte),” said York Coach Randy Small. “I thought tonight the rest of the team played well around him, which is good.

“It’s exactly what we said in the locker room (after the game) – it was a full team effort.”

Kennebunk Coach Barrett Belanger said the game plan worked until York started to sink shots in the third quarter, when it went on a 17-4 run to take control.

“I thought (York) got a couple good looks from outside (in the third quarter) that in the first half they weren’t really hitting,” he said. “When you get enough good looks you’re bound to put a couple in.”

Training 23-22, York went on a 15-2 run to open the second half for a 12-point advantage with 1:50 left. Hogan had seven points and McCarty scored five in the run. Alex Nickerson also canned a 3-pointer on a kick-out pass from the lane by McCarty.

“We wanted to take LaBonte out of the game,” Belanger said. “We know he scores 20 or 25 points a game. So we wanted to make the other kids play in roles they’re not used to. I thought (York) did a good job of executing and not shying away from hitting shots when they had a chance to shoot.”

The York lead ballooned to 47-30 with 4:20 remaining thanks to an 8-3 run to start the final quarter, capped by McCarty’s put-back and a drive by Hogan.

But Kennebunk didn’t cave in.

Dustin Ewy and Cameron Lovejoy hit 3-pointers to trim the deficit to single digits with 2:17 left. The Rams got within five points with 1:25 left.

York iced the game by hitting 5 of 6 free throws in the final 59 seconds.

“Spreading the scoring around is something we’ve been working on all season,” Hogan said. “When we come together as a team, it’s when it’s not one player doing all the work.

“We’re pretty easy to prepare for because (teams focus on) LaBonte. We’re a whole different team when we all contribute and share the ball.”

Cameron Lovejoy paced Kennebunk with 16 points followed by Dustin Ewy with 14. Cole Hoffman had eight rebounds.


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