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Libby leads Old Town boys to blowout win over Orono

December 21, 2012
By Ryan Kimball of RK Sports Productions

Old Town - Senior guard Garrett Libby scored 20 of his game high 28 points in the third quarter to lead the Old Town Coyotes to a blowout win over the Orono Red Riots 74-40 at Old Town High School on Thursday night.

Orono held the Coyotes scoreless for the first three minutes of the game. The Red Riots played a box and one on Libby and zone defense against the rest of the team.  

Old Town boys coach Brian McDormand talks about playing Orono “You know coach Coleman’s teams are going to be well prepared. They are usually very solid defensively.

The Coyotes forced several turnovers in the opening quarter to build themselves a big lead.

“Defensively we were solid. We forced 20 turnovers in the first half,” said McDormand.

Old Town junior guard Garvey Melmed shot the ball well from the outside early on giving the Coyotes the lead. Melmed scored six points in the first quarter courtesy of two 3-pointers to give Old Town a 10-0 advantage at the end of the quarter.  

McDormand said “Garvey is one of our one two punch. He needs to stay aggressive and continue to get to the basket.”

“The home court really helps me out. I know where my favorite spots to shot from on this court,” said Melmed when talking about his good shooting in the first quarter.

The Coyotes used their quickness and bench to open up their lead in the second quarter. Old Town’s bench scored 13 out of their 28 points in the quarter. The Coyotes led 38-15 at halftime.

Libby, last year’s Big East Player of the Year, was shut down to eight points in the first half.

“I think Garrett was trying to distribute the ball and stay within the offensive flow, said McDormand.”

Orono switched to a straight up zone defense in the third quarter, which hurt their chances to win the game. Libby came out firing in the third quarter making six 3’s and 20 points.

Libby talked about his shooting in the third quarter “Sometimes I get in the zone and feel like every shot is going in. They came out of the box and one and the floor opened up.”

McDormand said “As you can see he does not need a lot of space to get a shot off. McDormand added “He is our bread and butter.”

After three quarters, the Coyotes led 64-30.   

Libby was too much for Orono to handle making eight 3’s on the night. The Coyotes made 14 3-pointers on the night.

“All these guys work really hard in practice and give us a challenge. They were all ready and pumped for the game to play our rivals,” said Libby.

“We have a lot of guys who can nail down 3’s,” said McDormand.

Old Town had great contributions from everyone. 11 out of the 14 players for the Coyotes scored in the game.

Melmed said “We have a lot of good players. If one of us is struggling any 10 guys on the bench can come in and replace a spot. It is easy for coach. Coach can rely on anyone of the kids.”  

Libby said “At the end of the game a couple of really young guys came in and made some baskets, which is good for their confidence.”

Melmed scored 14 points, sophomore Adam Richardson with six, Eddie Gonnella, Cam Archer, Tyler Lynch, and Zach Bartlett each added four points, Tyler Gifford and Brandon Emerson each scored three points, and  Rodrigo Zertuche and Drew Coulombe each chipped in with two points.

Senior guard Corey Riemersma led Orono with 11 points. Michael Chambers added 10, Justin White had seven, Tom Lucy and Damien Heeger each scored four points and Tommy Woodward and Jack each chipped in with two points.

Old Town shot 33 percent (4-12) from the free throw line. Orono shot 31 percent (4-13) from the charity stripe.  

Libby said “We always have a good student section and they really get into it. I think one of our biggest advantages is having a big crowd.”

The Coyotes will host Caribou on Saturday December 22nd. Orono will play at home against Dexter on Saturday afternoon.

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