2017-01-11 / Sports

Warriors snap losing skid with win over Rams

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By ALEX SPONSELLER

WELLS — The Wells basketball team snapped a three-game losing streak with a dominant 70-36 win over visiting Kennebunk Tuesday evening.

After dropping games to Spruce Mountain, Waynflete and York by just a combined 18 points, the Warriors looked to get back on track against the neighboring Rams.

“It’s a big week for us, we take it one game at a time but it’s a big week. We have three games this week and we really wanted to come out with some intensity,” said Wells coach Troy Brown. “We felt like we let a few slip away during the losing streak so we wanted to come home and show that we’re still the team to beat.”

The Warriors wasted little time taking control of the game, jumping out to an early 12-2 lead. Wells would close out the first quarter with a 22-9 lead, and eventually take a 38-17 lead into the half time break.

Wells controlled the game on both ends of the floor, playing tight defense and scoring on four first-half three pointers thanks to its sharp-shooting guards.

“The press gave (Kennebunk) some trouble, I knew we would have the size advantage. I didn’t know how we would handle (Cameron) Lovejoy on the outside, he’s an extraordinary player ... but I think Riley Dempsey did a great job of keeping him contained to one side of the floor,” said Brown. “I thought we did a great job defensively on their scorers and I thought we ran well.”

Brown was also pleased with his team’s ability to grind out the tough points in the paint.

“You’re going to get open shots in the zone so you have to knock them down. That stretches the defense and allows the bigs go to work. It allowed our bigs to get to the basket and make shots and we also outrebounded them tonight which helped,” added Brown.

The Warriors continued to dominate in the second half of play by outscoring the Rams 32-19 and closing out the win.

Owen Berry led the Warriors with a whopping 25 points, while Tyler Bridge, Deandre Woods and Matt Sherburne chipped in eight apiece.

Lovejoy led the Rams with nine points while teammates Zach Sullivan and Kyle Pasieniuk added six.

Wells improves to 5-3 on the year while Kennebunk falls to 3-7. The Warriors look to stay hot as they enter the midseason stretch.

“We need to get every win this point forward because of the losing streak. We lost two important games so it was very important to get this game,” said Brown. “Playing up (in class) helps because we get a few extra (heal) points, and I think the confidence is back in the kids. I kind of saw it slipping during the losing streak — there were doubts — but we now will go back to work tomorrow and get ready for Friday.”

 Associate Sports Editor Alex Sponseller can be reached at asponseller@journaltribune.com or at 282-1535 ext. 323. Follow the Journal Tribune Sports Department on Twitter @JournalTsports.

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