2014-15 KVAC boys basketball champions, the Medomak Valley Panthers. Team members are (front from left) Cale Gee, Micah Williamson, Colton Spear, Jackson Vail, Noah Beck, Taylor McLain, Jon Allard, and Zach Starr. Back row: Freshmen coach Alex Goldrup, JV coach Ryan McNelly, manager Riley Arbour, Kyle Donlin, Zidane McMurrin, Nicholas DePatsy, Tyler Emerson, Cameron Martin, Robert Cole, Jon Allaire, Julia Clark, coach Nick DePatsy, and assistant coach Richie Oliver.
Medomak Valley boys basketball team defeated Winslow 66-63 to claim the 2014-15 Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference championship Saturday night at Cony High School in Augusta. The win avenged an earlier season loss to the Black Raiders.
Medomak jumped out to a 12-6 lead, before Winslow charged back to knot the score 19-19 at the end of a fast paced first quarter. Nicholas DePatsy led the Panther charge with 12 first quarter points. Colton Spear and Cam Allaire drew charges in the first period to negate a pair of Winslow hoops.
Winslow held DePatsy to 10 points the rest of the game, but the Panthers are old hands at spreading the wealth around with four players scoring in double figures.
Winslow took their first lead of the ball game on a shot from Bobby Chenard 11 seconds into the second quarter. Medomak tied the game 41 seconds later on a Cam Allaire shot, then took the lead when Micah Williamson scored on a Zach Starr feed with 6:54 to go. Those two baskets started a seven point run that put the Panthers up by five.
With Allaire on the bench in foul trouble, the Raiders charged back taking the lead on a Justin Martin foul shot with 3:37 to go in the half.
DePatsy scored on a Colton Spear feed, before the Raiders scored five straight to take a four point lead. Medomak had the last say of the half, scoring the final seven points on baskets from Robert Cole, Spear and DePatsy (3) to take the lead for good.
Micah Williamson scores the basket and draws the foul in Medomak Valley’s KVAC championship win over Winslow Saturday night at Cony High School in Augusta. (Paula Roberts photo)
Medomak led 35-32 at the half time break. The Panthers built a 10 point lead in the third frame, led by three hoops from Spear and two from Williamson. The Raiders cut the lead to nine by the end for three, 53-44.
The Panthers out rebounded Winslow 28-10 over the first three quarters, but the Raiders held the advantage in the fourth. Winslow opened the final period with a 7-2 run to cut the lead to four with 4:51 to play. Williamson and Noah Beck boosted the Panthers lead to eight, before Winslow sliced the lead in half.
Allaire and DePatsy scored a foul shot each for Medomak, but Winslow answered with a pair from Trenton Bouchard. Depatsy connected at the foul line for two with 42 seconds left to give the Panthers a six point lead. Raider Josh Kervin settled two foul shots to cut the lead to four with 34 seconds left.
Williamson was fouled on the inbound pass and sank both fouls shots to give Medomak a six point lead. The final 30 seconds were a whirlwind, as Kervin scored back to back hoops 13 seconds apart.
Kervin’s second shot came off a Bouchard steal to pull the Raiders within two with 15 seconds to go. Bouchard stole the ball again on the inbound play, but Raider Josh Martin’s shot was blocked by Allaire. Allaire blocked a second Raider attempt and secured the rebound. Allaire was quickly fouled and went to the line, where he sank one with .6 seconds to play to give Medomak a three point lead.
The Raiders inbounded the ball, dribbled and shot, but missed their mark as the final buzzer sounded.
Scoring for Medomak were DePatsy 22 (11R,4A), Williamson 14 (6A), Allaire 13 (8R,6B), Spear 10 (3R,4A), Noah Beck 5 (2R), and Cole 2 (2R). Scoring for Winslow were Kervin 15, Martin 14 (10R), Colby Robertson 13, Bouchard 8, Chenard 8 (5R), Dylan Hutchinson, and Justin Burgher 2.