2017-03-01 / Sports

Wells unified basketball improves record to 3-2

Staff Writer

WELLS — The Wells unified varsity basketball team won their third game of the season Tuesday afternoon by a score of 44-32 against Cape Elizabeth High School, bringing the team's overall record to 3-2.

The Warriors took control of the game from the outset, scoring eight unanswered points, with six coming from sophomore Matt Chase. Cape Elizabeth fought back however, making a run near the end of the first half to bring the score to 22-18 by halftime.

Cape Elizabeth came out quick at the start of second half, scoring on their first possession, but Wells answered quickly as both teams went back and forth with scoring possessions. The crowd of more than 150 was energized halfway through the second half when Cape Elizabeth brought the score to 24 a piece.

But as time trickled down, Wells made another run, scoring on four straight possessions and widening the deficit to 38-28 with four minutes left. The buzzer sounded with a final score of 44-28.

Given that this season is the Wells team’s first involvement in the unified basketball program, Head Coach and Wells Special Education Teacher Cindy Roche said she has been thrilled by the development of the players, record aside.

"I love how much our kids have really pushed each other and challenged each other with not only skills, but social skills,” said Roche. “No one would realize how much these kids have really gained, but the teamwork and communication skills; these kids pass others now and have conversations with students who aren’t just their immediate friends.”

The unified basketball program, organized by The Maine Principals' Association and Special Olympics Maine, aims to instill competition and make positive changes in the lives of students with and without disabilities, according to the Maine Principals Association website.

After the game, Wells senior Nick Hansen said he enjoys the games as much as any of the other players do.

“Everyone looks forward to this, we looked forward to practices when we were having them in the beginning of the year, but it’s definitely something we love, and it’s the first year for Wells, so that’s pretty exciting,” said Hansen.

The team has three more games ahead, a road game against Noble High School today and two home games next Monday and Wednesday, against Deering High School and Thornton Academy. Each game begins at 3:30 p.m.

“Depending where we are in the rankings at the end of those games, we could go into playoffs, and we’re really excited about that,” said Roche.

— Staff Writer Ryder Schumacher can be reached at 282-1535.



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