BANGOR, Maine – The Maine Black Bears dominated the Maine Machias Clippers from start to finish, reeling off a 104-51 win on Sunday afternoon at the Cross Insurance Center. Five Black Bears registered double-figures in scoring, led by Isaiah White and Dusan Majstorovic, who each recorded 20 points to lead the Black Bears in scoring.
Maine improves to 3-8 after its final home game of 2017, while Maine Machias falls to 5-8.
“I think it’s important for this team to see some good things happen for our confidence,” said head coach Bob Walsh. “When you’re losing close games like we’ve lost, as much as you talk about mental toughness, a lot of times you’re in recovery mode. Obviously we had an advantage in size and depth, but our guys need to feel good about what we’re doing. It’s harder to feel good about it when you come up short.”
In just his second game back from injury, White shot an impressive 8-for-11 from the field, while connecting on 2-of-3 from 3-point range. Majstorovic shot 50 percent on his attempted field goals, draining 7-of-14 shots. Aaron Calixte (13 points), Danny Evans (13 points) and Dennis Ashley(11 points) also recorded 10-plus points in the win.
Miks Antoms brought down nine rebounds to lead Maine off the glass. Ashley also contributed team-high five assists. Maine led in points in the paint (47-32), points off turnovers (23-2), second chance points (14-13), fast break points (17-0), along with the bench scoring (48-2). All 11 Black Bears that played registered at least two points.
Maine Machias took a 4-2 lead early, but Calixte immediately drained a 3-pointer to give the Black Bears back the lead. UMaine would not give up the lead for the rest of the game. With the Black Bears leading by nine at 23-14 with 12 minutes left in the first half, Maine exploded on a 30-5 run over the next nine minutes to take a 53-19 advantage. Maine would take a 53-21 halftime lead after 20 minutes.
Following halftime, Maine did not let up, extending its lead to as high as 55 at 103 to 49, as Maine earned its third victory of the season with a 104-51 win over the Clippers.
Darius Clark led the Clippers with 16 points, while Travonne Thompson put together a double-double performance with 14 points and 15 rebounds.
The last time the Maine broke the century mark in a regular season game came against Hartford on January 27th, 2016 in a 105-100 overtime win in Connecticut. The last time Maine scored at least 100 points in regulation also came against Maine Machias, in a 113-49 win over the Clippers in the 2011-12 season opener on November 14, 2011.
After playing three games in the last six days, Maine is off from game action until Dec. 17, when the Black Bears travel to the City of Brotherly Love to play Saint Joseph’s on Sunday afternoon. Tipoff is set for 4:30 p.m. at Hagan Arena in Philadelphia.