Pine Tree Academy’s Chris Amisi, left, defends against St. Dom’s guard Bryton Kieltyka during a boys basketball game at Auburn on Monday. Amisi had 25 points, but his Breakers fell to the Saints, 58-56. (Bob Conn / The Times Record)

AUBURN — Senior Ethan Bosse had trouble remembering when the St. Dominic’s Academy boys’ basketball team won a home game inside Callahan Family Memorial Gymnasium.

On Monday against Pine Tree Academy, the Saints rode Bosse’s touch, edging past the Breakers, 58-56 — the first home win for St. Dom’s boys basketball in three years.

Pine Tree Academy fell to 4-10, while the Saints improved to 2-12.

Tied at 56, Bosse did what he pretty much did throughout the contest, cutting inside after receiving a pass from William Laflamme and finishing with 54 seconds remaining.

“I have been waiting for four years for this, and it just feels great,” said Bosse, who finished with a team-high 25 points and pulled down 11 rebounds for a double-double.  “I was able to stay strong in the paint. This team is growing and really did a good job setting me up tonight. I was trying to keep my pace up and make good, open cuts. Pine Tree has some good players, so it was tough to find openings.”

The Breakers had their chances. A good start gave the visitors a 12-4 lead, and after trailing throughout the third quarter, rallied to tie the game at 41 heading to the fourth.

Pine Tree led 56-53 after Chris Amisi (25 points, 16 rebounds, four steals) drove inside, pulled down two offensive boards and finished.

But, coming out of a timeout, Amisi again drove inside and this time was whistled for a player-control foul. Saints guard Logan Welch, who scored 11 of his 14 points in the fourth quarter, tied the game with a long 3-pointer with 1:28 remaining.

“When we called that timeout, we were going to go four-out to work off some time. Amisi instead drives in and gets that fourth foul. That is the turning point in the game. They stick that shot to tie the game, and that changed the momentum,” said Breakers coach Trevor Schlisner.

“Logan missed the first month with a broken wrist and since he came back, he has at least two 3s in each of his games,” said St. Dom’s coach Ken Poulin.

Trailing by two after Bosse’s bucket, Pine Tree had three chances to either tie or win outright, but the Breakers missed two shots before Bosse blocked an Amisi shot to end it.

“Every team wants seniors that are leaders and want to win,” said Poulin of Bosse. “I ride him in practice, but he is ‘basketball guy’ around here. He has been through some tough times. We wouldn’t have won without him.”

Offensive boards

Pine Tree owned the offensive boards from the get-go. The Breakers held a 44-30 edge on the glass, including 23 offensive rebounds that led to several put-back opportunities.

“We got some big ones, but we still didn’t do enough to keep them at bay,” said Poulin. “(The Breakers) are athletic and get a lot of second chances.”

Amisi hit a 3-pointer and finished off a steal for an eight-point lead midway through the first quarter.

St. Dom’s began pushing back, as Bosse scored seven of 11 first-half points in the second quarter as the Saints claimed a 25-24 halftime lead.

Pine Tree made just 9-of-35 field goals in the first half.

“Those put-backs just went dropping,” said Schlisner.

Bosse took over the third quarter, putting up 12 points. The Saints grabbed their biggest lead of the contest, 38-33, after a Bosse finish.

Pine Tree Academy’s Jobet Tardiff (23) goes after a loose ball as teammate Noraj Jean-Louis, right, and St. Dom’s Evan Bosse, center, look on. Bosse’s Saints earned their first home boys basketball win in three years with a 58-56 victory over the 4-10 Breakers in Auburn on Monday. (Bob Conn / The Times Record)

But, Noraj Jean-Louis heated up inside for the Breakers with five points, and Josiah Yeaton swished a pair of short jumpers to bring Pine Tree into a 41-41 deadlock through 24 minutes.

Grant Milano, who had 14 points, opened the fourth quarter with a trey for a 44-41 Breakers lead, but Welch found his stroke with a 3 for a 45-44 Saints lead. The lead switched hands four times from there, along with three deadlocks.

“It felt close the entire game. This will be good for them, playing in these types of close games,” Poulin said. “It is big for us because the kids are putting time and effort into something they believe in, and the work is starting to pay dividends.”

“We had some poor ball movement tonight,” said Schlisner. “We need to make more than two passes before we shoot, and we need to stop running the same play over and over again.”

Both teams struggled from the free-throw line, with the Breakers making just 7-of-16, including three straight misses on the front ends of 1-and-1s down the stretch.

The Saints were 5-of-10.

Jean-Louis finished with seven points and 11 rebounds, while Jobet Tardiff pulled in 12 rebounds and picked up three steals for the Breakers.

Robbie Dick chipped in eight points, five rebounds, five assists and three steals for St. Dom’s.

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