Brooks leads Presque Isle boys to overtime win over Old Town
December 19, 2012By Ryan Kimball of RK Sports Productions
Written by Matt Schilmoeller for RK Sports Productions
Matt Schilmoeller is a regular contributor to RK Sports Productions.
Old Town – Tyler Brooks scored a game high 15 points and 15 rebounds to lead the Presque Isle Wildcats to an overtime victory over the Old Town Coyotes 59-50 at Old Town High School on Saturday afternoon.
The Wildcats slowed down, last year’s Big East Player of the Year, Garrett Libby who was guarded by Tyler Brooks the entire game limiting Libby to 14 points in the game. Brooks shut down one of the top players in class “B” eastern Maine.
Presque Isle boys basketball coach Terry Cummings said “That is one of the best defensive jobs I have seen on Garrett Libby. We knew he was still going to get his points, but we wanted to make him work for them.”
“I thought Garrett did an excellent job on Tyler Brooks. Brooks scored six points in the overtime so he did his part being a two way player,” said McDormand.
The game was very close throughout, but Presque Isle took control in the second half building themselves an eight point lead 42-34 in the fourth quarter.
The Coyotes pressed the Wildcats the final four minutes of the game causing several turnovers and forcing Presque Isle to take bad shots. Libby had two 3’s late in the fourth quarter to cut their deficit to three 42-39. Old town had a great final possession and Richardson made a layup with 20 seconds to go into the game to force overtime.
McDormand said “I think we were down eight in the fourth quarter and started to get some momentum going. McDormand continued “We forced some shots Presque Isle probably did not want to take.”
Old town fought hard despite falling short. Garrett Libby fouled out with three and a half minutes left in overtime.
“Not having Garrett in overtime certainly was a big hurt. We hung in there and had chances in overtime to keep in close, but they had another gear that we did not have,” said Old Town boys basketball Brian McDormand.
Junior Garvey Melmed kept the Coyotes in the game hitting a three to cut into Presque Isle’s lead.
“We knew Jonah and Tyler had played the whole game, so we knew they were tired. When Garrett picked up his fifth we knew we had a size advantage inside,” said Cummings when talking about getting Brooks more involved in overtime.
Others contributors for Presque Isle were senior Corey Willette who netted 11 points, five rebounds and three block shots and Cody Lyford added 10.
Senior point guard Jonah Stephenson finished strong scoring 4 of his 13 points from the free throw line and 5-6 on the night. Junior center Bradley Shields showed his inside presence with seven points.
Cummings said “Jonah certainly rose to the occasion.”
The Coyotes had three players in double figures. Melmed and Richardson each scored 13 points. Richardson went 3-4 from the line in the game.
McDormand said “Garvey is a two way player that can get it done on the court.”
Old town shot 66 percent (6-9) from the free throw line. The Wildcats shot 83 percent (15-18) from the charity stripe.
"We hit our foul shots down the stretch and that came into play. This a great group I could not be more proud of them," said Cummings.
Old town will face their cross-town rival the Orono Red Riots at home on Thursday December 20th. Presque Isle will host John Bapst on Thursday.
Ryan Kimball contributed to this story.