September 18, 2020
BANGOR DAILY NEWS (BANGOR, MAINE

Strong second half sparks Camden-Rockport> Inspired defense stifles MCI

PITTSFIELD – At their most pesky best, the Camden-Rockport Windjammers’ defense is like a long-armed red monster, with 10 tentacles waving and 10 sneakered feet squeaking all over the hardwood.

The ‘Jammers aren’t big, but they can throw enough agile, hungry 6-footers at an opponent to drive a backcourt mad.

On Saturday night, coach Jeff Hart spent half a game watching his Windjammers play a style of defense that he didn’t recognize in what would become an 82-59 win over Maine Central Institute at Wright Gymnasium.

Senior guard Jim Wilson can tell you what happened next.

“During halftime he came in and said a few … inspiring … words, and then he walked out of the locker room,” Wilson said, choosing his words carefully.

Read that: Hart really let them have it.

And Wilson said it got everyone’s attention.

“It was a powerful silence in the locker room,” Wilson said.

The Windjammers answered their coach’s challenge by doing what they do best: They bellied up and played a little bit of “D.”

Wilson scored 10 points over the frenetic first two minutes of the third quarter as Camden-Rockport turned a 35-31 halftime lead into a 48-33 bulge that wouldn’t shrink again.

Wilson finished with 26 points and five steals, while junior point guard Mike MacDonald scored 11.

The ‘Jammers improved to 15-1, while MCI dropped to 8-7.

“For one of the first times all year, I just kind of let ’em have it,” Hart said of his halftime speech.

“I thought MCI played real well, but it was [also] a lack of effort. I mean, we’re never five feet away from somebody shooting jumpshots.”

They certainly weren’t in the second half, as MCI had virtually no luck from the perimeter. The Huskies’ only two successful 3-pointers came from reserves in the final two minutes.

MCI athletic director Julie Treadwell, who filled in while coach Bill Brooks completes a week-long school-mandated “leave,” said that Camden-Rockport’s defense has a cumulative effect.

“Against a team like Camden, you let it get away a little and they take it away a lot,” Treadwell said. “They’re not a team that takes what you give them. They take more than you give them. So you really can’t give them a thing.”

MCI got 12 points – including a dunk – from Rick Smith, and 10 each from Jason O’Brien and Mike Susi.

On offense the Windjammers presented problems because they’re virtually interchangeable. Only 6-foot-2 center Nathan Neville is locked into a position.

Wilson exemplifies that versatility. He started the season at the point, but regularly plays every other position during a game. Most of his points against MCI came in transition or in the low post.

“If you put a little guy on him, we’re gonna post him up,” Hart said of the 6-1 Wilson. “Put a big guy on him, we’re gonna take him out on the perimeter a bit. I haven’t seen anybody really be able to handle him.”

Windjammers 82, Huskies 59

Camden-Rockport (15-1) MCI (8-7)

Name G AG F AF TP Name G AG F AF TP

Wilson 9 19 8 9 26 O’Brien 4 6 2 2 10

Moro 2 3 2 2 7 Ross 2 7 0 0 4

MacDonald 2 5 6 8 11 Wagner 1 2 0 0 3

Marshall 0 0 2 2 2 A. St. Clair 1 1 0 0 2

T. Smith 1 1 0 0 2 Hall 0 0 0 0 0

Lanphere 2 2 0 1 4 Vad 2 5 3 3 7

Fitzpatrick 2 2 0 0 5 Smith 5 11 2 2 12

King 2 7 3 4 9 Giallmbrdo 1 2 0 1 2

M. Smith 0 0 0 0 0 S. St. Clair 1 7 2 2 5

Spooner 0 2 2 4 2 Grard 0 0 0 0 0

Poole 0 0 2 2 2 Riendeau 0 0 1 2 1

Marden 1 4 1 3 4 Vance 0 1 0 0 0

Learnard 1 1 0 0 2 Susi 4 7 2 3 10

Neville 2 2 0 2 4 Sheer 1 2 0 0 3

McIntyre 1 1 0 0 2

Totals 25 49 26 37 82 Totals 22 51 12 15 59

Camden-Rockport 19 35 56 82

Maine Central Institute 18 31 42 59

3-pt. goals: Camden-Rockport (6-12): Moro 1-2, MacDonald 1-3, Fitzpatrick 1-1, King 2-5, Marden 1-1; MCI (3-13): Ross 0-2, Wagner 1-2, Smith 0-2, S. St. Clair 1-6, Sheer 1-1

Attendance: 250 (est.)

Preliminary: Camden-Rockport JVs 68-44


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