NEWPORT, Maine — As a four-year varsity starter, Isaiah Stone-Patterson has experienced more different basketball scenarios that most high school players.
But the Oceanside of Rockland senior guard had to go deep down memory lane to recall any previous run like the one his Mariners used to pull away from Nokomis during the second half of their Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Class B encounter Saturday afternoon.
Oceanside scored the first 32 points of the second half — including outscoring the Warriors 30-0 in the third quarter — to break away for a 74-49 victory.
“I don’t think I’ve done that since peewee basketball,” said Stone-Patterson, who scored 13 of his game-high 23 points during the third quarter as the Mariners stretched a tenuous 36-33 halftime advantage to a 66-36 cushion entering the game’s final eight minutes.
Coach Matt Breen’s club — which brought a 7-1 record to Newport last winter only to be sent home reeling after a 62-41 loss — used full-court defensive pressure to ignite its second-half surge.
The Mariners forced nine Nokomis turnovers in the third quarter alone that they quickly converted into transition baskets and four 3-point jumpers.
“It was mostly effort on our press,” said Stone-Patterson. “We didn’t put a lot of effort into it in the first half but we came out in the second half and knew what we had to do on defense.”
That defense did not yield a point after intermission until Samuel Brown’s 3-pointer with 6:18 left in the fourth quarter, but by that time Oceanside had built a 35-point lead.
“Nokomis has good players and they’ve been struggling,” said Breen, “so we didn’t want to give them that opportunity to hang around and steal one. We said we had to make a statement in the first four minutes of the third quarter and our guys really stepped up and did it.”
David Gould added 14 points for the Mariners, while Nick Judge had 13 points and seven rebounds and Hunter Grindle contributed 10 points and six rebounds.
The win was the fifth straight for Oceanside — top-ranked in Eastern Maine Class B — since an opening-night loss at defending regional champion Medomak Valley of Waldoboro. Nokomis fell to 0-5.
Oceanside has a different look this winter than its most recent predecessors, with less height but more overall quickness that Breen is seeking to use through a fast-paced effort at both ends of the floor.
“Last year we had the bigs and we tried to take advantage of that,” he said. “With this group, we’re small, we’re quick and we like to shoot. Defensively we want to limit touches in the half-court set if teams have a big man so we try to get after it, and we want to put up shots because we feel like we have good shooters and if they get open looks they’re going to knock them down.”
Oceanside showed flashes of that explosiveness during the first half, particularly in the game’s opening moments when its press forced three straight backcourt turnovers that fueled a run of 11 unanswered points over a 50-second span to erase a 5-0 deficit.
Nokomis gradually began to solve that pressure with senior center Jake Winslow the chief beneficiary, accumulating all of his team-high 14 points before intermission.
Teammate Devin Haas added eight of his 10 points during the second quarter, including two 3-pointers that helped coach Carl Parker’s club take as much as a four-point lead before Oceanside moved back out to a 36-31 advantage after Judge fed Grindle for a layup and then swished a floater from the lane with 41 seconds left in the half.