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Big second half leads the Ellsworth boys to victory over John Bapst

December 17, 2012
By Ryan Kimball of RK Sports Productions

Bangor - Junior guard Brandon Braley scored seven of his game high 15 points in the first quarter to lead the Ellsworth Eagles to a come from behind victory over the John Bapst Crusaders 60-44 at the Bangor Auditorium on Saturday night.

After an even first quarter, the game was tied at 15-15.

Ellsworth boys basketball coach Peter Austin said “Sometimes it will takes a long time to get going because we are young.”

John Bapst outplayed the Eagles in the second quarter. Junior guard Sam Brown scored nine points in the quarter to help the Crusaders to a 32-26 halftime lead.

“We managed to play two good 16 minute stretches in the last two games,” said John Bapst boys basketball coach Rick Sinclair.

The second half was all Ellsworth outscoring John Bapst 34-21. The Eagles started pressing the Crusaders full court after every made basket forcing many turnovers and getting a lot of easy baskets.

“We changed up our press and it seemed to bother them a little bit. I think it may have got them out of their offensive sync,” said Austin.

Ellsworth outscored John Bapst 18-7 in the quarter. Sophomore guard Griffin Nightingale scored eight points in the third quarter helping the Eagles to a 44-39 lead at the end of the third. 

The Eagles continued to pressure the Crusaders in the fourth quarter. Ellsworth turned over John Bapst several times making it look easy.

Ellsworth had three players in double digits. Nightingale scored 14, senior Josh Bean added 10, Bruce St. Peter with nine, junior Steve Mahon scored eight, Mitchell Domagala had three and sophomore Jeff Weeks chipped in with two.

Austin talked about Nightingale, Bean and Braley performances “Tonight they played really well in the scoring department.” Austin continued “With those three and Mahon, that is the scorers I am going to have this year.”

John Bapst also had three players in double digits on the night. Brown led the Crusaders scoring a game high 15 points. Cody Lyons scored 13 points, Adam Strang added 10, Shawn Curran had five, Riley Tapley and Austin Cyr each scored four points and Colby Kohn chipped in with two.

Sinclair talked about Sam Brown’s performance “He is one of those guys that has a natural ability to score.”

Ellsworth shot 62 percent (21-34) from the free throw line. John Bapst shot 53 percent (16-30) from the charity stripe.

The Eagles will host Hermon on Tuesday December 18th. John Bapst will travel to Presque Isle on Thursday December 20th.  

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