|Camden Hills Regional High School||Medomak Valley High School|
WALDOBORO, Maine — Ryan Ripley scored 23 points and Jonathan Hendrickson-Belloguet added 19 as Medomak Valley outlasted Camden Hills of Rockport 63-60 in a KVAC Class B boys basketball game Tuesday night.
Medomak Valley is now 2-0 with its wins by a combined five points. Camden Hills is 1-1, with its loss following a season-opening win over Waterville in overtime.
Ripley also grabbed eight rebounds for coach Nick DePatsy’s club, while 6-foot-8-inch senior John Murray struggled offensively — scoring nine points on 4 of 17 shooting — but pulled down a game-high 17 rebounds.
Chandler Crans had 17 points and Colin Morse added 14 points and eight rebounds for Camden Hills, and each got off an open look from beyond the 3-point arc in an attempt to tie the game in the final seconds.
Connor Hart and Jayson Kuhn each added 12 points for the Windjammers.
Medomak Valley dominated the first quarter as Hendrickson-Belloguet scored 10 points and Ripley had eight as the Panthers built a 24-8 lead.
But with Medomak Valley’s guards experiencing foul trouble, Camden Hills amped up its defensive pressure and forced nine second-quarter turnovers while closing to within 30-25 at halftime.
The Windjammers took their first lead at 33-32 on a basket by Kuhn midway through the third quarter and held a 40-39 lead at the end of the period.
A 3-pointer by Morse with 5:04 left in the game gave Camden Hills its largest lead at 47-45, but Medomak Valley outscored the Windjammers 12-3 during the next three minutes, with Hendrickson-Belloguet scoring twice on drives through the lane, Ripley scoring twice from the paint and Murray adding a follow-up basket to give the Panthers a 57-50 lead with just over two minutes remaining.
Camden Hills made one final run, with a 3-pointer from the right wing by Morse drawing coach Jeff Hart’s club within 62-60 with 18.9 seconds remaining.
Hendrickson-Belloguet made 1 of 2 from the free-throw line with 15.8 seconds left, leaving Camden Hills one last possession to tie the game.
A 3-pointer by Morse bounced off the rim, and Crans then got a second chance after an offensive rebound by Joe Chamberlain but couldn’t connect before the long rebound went out of bounds to Medomak Valley with 0.4 seconds to play.