The first annual Matthew Budrow Memorial Basketball Tourney drew a fair sized crowd on Saturday at Lincoln Academy. Five schools were represented at the tournament, including Lincoln Academy, Medomak Valley, Dirigo, Richmond and Mt. Ararat. Lincoln and Medomak boys’ and girls’ teams won two games each.
Nine basketball officials donated their time to the tournament to help raise funds for the Matthew Budrow Scholarship Fund, including Dave Tourtelotte, David Gunn, John McLaughlin, Walt Gorneau, Rose Angel, Chuck Wyman, Mark Bridgham, Tom Mellor, and Ed Crocker.
Scoring for Lincoln were Ben McLain 12 (10 in the second half), Ethan Wajer 9, Andrew Feltis 8, Everett Martin 6, Troy Carter 6, Patrick Mullen 3, Gage Peaslee 3, Brad Russell 2, and Cameron Dodge 2. Scoring for Richmond were Eric Murrin 11, Bruce Carver 5, Josh Brown 4, Eric Dowd 4, Kyle O’Brien 3 and Mike Christie, Tom Carter, Eric Curtis, Nick Woods and Matt Brown with 2 each.
The Lady Panthers led 11-5, 26-14 and 36-21 at the quarter breaks. Scoring for Medomak were Jenkins 11 (7R, 1S), Massengale 8 (7R, 1S), Ranquist 5 (4R), Alanna Vose 5, Christensen 3, Vannah 3, Rose 3, Dyer 2 (2R, 2S) and Tolman 2 (2R, 2S). Dirigo was led by Jane Hebert 18, Tricia Turner 6, and Brooke Kersey 6.
Mt. Ararat sat the Panthers back on their heels early. Midway through the first period, Medomak took the lead on a MacKenzie basket, and held it until 20 seconds to go in the third. Medomak led 25-15 at the quarter, 40-33 at the half and 53-52 at the end of three.
Jason Vinal hit a long three-pointer at the halftime buzzer to give the Panthers a big emotional lift going into the half. Medomak led by as many as eight in the third, before Mt. Ararat rattled off nine straight points to take a one point lead. Fogg gave the Panthers a one-point edge at the break.
Down by one early in the fourth period, Caleb Guistra came up big inside for the Panthers with three straight hoops, the first off the glass and the next two off feeds from MacKenzie. MacKenzie hit a pair at the line to boost Medomak lead to seven. Gerencer scored two straight hoops, including a three, Walker scored and Pelletier settled a shot at the line to give Mt. Ararat the lead with 2:21 to go. MacKenzie went inside for two on a Guistra steal, then converted at the line for a three-point play to put the Panthers up by two with under a minute to play. Hurt converted off the glass to tie the score with 37 seconds left. MacKenzie ripped down a defensive rebound with 5.4 seconds and rifled a pass down the court to Fogg for the game winner.
Scoring for Medomak were MacKenzie 14 (8R, 2S), Guistra 14 (4R, 3S), Vinal 12, Goldrup 11 (5R, 3S), Fogg 8 (3S), Aubel 4, Kurt Ward 3, Isaac Durkee 2 and Winchenbach 1. Scoring leaders for Mt. Ararat were Gerencer 15, Swan 13, Walker 10 and Pelletier, Bouchard and Titcomb with 6 each.
Scoring for Lincoln were Kari Jones 14 (4S), Winchenbach 14 (7R), Rice 10 (8R, 3S), Laura Soohey 7 (3R, 1S), Marni Jones 4 (3R, 4S), Katherine Bolster 3, and Lincoln 2. Scoring leaders for Dirigo were Sinclair 14 and Hebert 12.
Lincoln built the lead to 17 points in the third, before Mt. Ararat went to work to pull within eight. A fast paced fourth quarter saw Lincoln pump in 21 points, while holding Mt. Ararat to 10.
Scoring for Lincoln were Mullen 15 (3R, 2A), McLain 15 (7R, 2S), Martinn 8 (5R, 1S), Wajer 8 (3R), Reilly 7 (6R, 1S, 2A), Carter 3 (3R, 1S), Feltis 1 (3R), and Dodge 1. Gage Peaslee had 4 rebounds and Kyle Scherer 4. Scoring for Mt. Ararat were Elliot Swan 8, Alex Titcomb 8, Wil Gerencer 8, Tyler Toothacker 4, Mike D-Hanscom 3, and Josh Hurt 3.