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Top-seeded Oceanside boys beat Winslow, visit Camden Hills next

Posted Jan. 15, 2014, at 1:46 p.m.

Oceanside of Rockland-Thomaston survived the first half of a Heal point-worthy week of play Tuesday night, shading visiting Winslow 74-69 in a battle of Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Eastern Maine Class B boys basketball powers.

Nick Judge scored 22 points and Isaiah Stone-Patterson added 15 as the top-ranked Mariners secured their 10th consecutive victory since a season-opening loss at defending Eastern B champion Medomak Valley of Waldoboro on Dec. 7.

The defeat was the first for third-ranked Winslow (8-3) in more than a month, since an 83-76 loss to Oceanside in their earlier meeting on Dec. 12.

Coach Matt Breen’s Oceanside club is one of the top-scoring teams in the region, averaging 73.2 points per game and reaching at least 80 points in four contests.

The Mariners face another major test Friday night when they visit second-ranked Camden Hills of Rockport. Led by senior guard Colin Morse, the Windjammers (8-2) are averaging 70.5 points per game.

Oceanside defeated Camden Hills 84-67 in their Dec. 10 meeting at Rockland.

Portland wins WM ‘A’ showdown

Portland High School won the Western A boys basketball game of the year to date Tuesday night, holding off Bonny Eagle of Standish 69-60 in a battle of the undefeateds played at Saint Joseph’s College.

Jayvon Pitts-Young, a 6-1senior guard, sparked Portland to the victory, scoring 15 of his 21 points during the second quarter to help coach Joe Russo’s Bulldogs take control.

Matt Talbot, a 6-6 senior center, added 17 points for Portland.

Senior guard Dustin Cole, a 2013 Bangor Daily News first-team All-Maine selection headed to NCAA Division II Franklin Pierce College on scholarship next fall, helped rally Bonny Eagle to within two points late in the contest with a game-high 25 points.

It marked the only regular-season meeting between the rivals, and leaves 11-0 Portland as one of just four unbeaten boys teams in the state this season along with EM powers Hampden Academy (11-0), Houlton (10-0) and Easton (11-0).

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