Closing Time: Bartlett’s Clutch Free Throws Lift MHS Boys

By Mike Zhemzhe@seacoastonline.com January 08. 2015 11:59PM

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Marshwood High School’s Ryan O’Neil takes a shot against Scarborough’s Jacob Gardner during Thursday’s Western Maine Class A game in South Berwick. The Hawks won 62-57.

SOUTH BERWICK, Maine — With 10 seconds left and his team trying to close out a game it led by just three points on Thursday, Drew Bartlett went to the free throw line with some weight on his shoulders and a memory in his head.

“It’s funny,” said Marshwood High School’s senior guard. “I thought back to my sophomore year when we played Scarborough and I missed free throws at the end. We won, but I didn’t want that again.”

Instead, he got a worthy senior moment.

Bartlett sized both up and drained them. A few beats later, the Hawks were celebrating one of their best wins of the season, 62-57 over Scarborough that improved them to 4-5 in Western Maine Class A.

It not only gave Marshwood its first win on this floor — it was 0-3 at home coming in, 3-2 on the road — but it washed away the bad taste from Tuesday’s 47-44 loss at Sanford, one of the teams below it in the standings.

Bartlett scored 10 of his 17 points in the first half. Junior forward Baili Lontine-Kearson added 14, senior guard Noah McDaniel had 10 to go with his seven assists, and senior guard Kyle Parmley added eight while playing a strong two-way game off the bench.

“We need other guys besides Drew to score,” said Marshwood coach Mike Zamarchi. “I thought that was Baili’s best game of the season. … Up at Sanford, we were looking for Drew too much. We have guys capable of (scoring), we just need to see the fire in their eyes that they want it. Tonight, we had it.”

The Hawks never trailed after a surge late in the second quarter that gave them a 31-27 halftime lead. But they never found the comfort zone, either, seeing a 39-31 third-quarter lead get erased quickly when Milani Hicks (18 points) and Ian Corey made 3-pointers for the Red Storm.

Up 50-42 in the fourth after rebounder Nick Dalecki (six points, all in the fourth quarter) sized up a jumper and drained it, and then Lontine-Kearson added a point on a play that began with a Ryan O’Neil steal, they tried again.

They moved the edge to 59-49 after Lontine-Kearson hit a foul-line jumper during bleed-the-clock time, but missed a pair of free throws down the stretch, and Hicks made them pay with another three that made it 60-57 with 13 seconds left.

Bartlett ended it with his free throws, on a night when his backcourt mates O’Neil, McDaniel and Parmley collected a bunch of steals.

“We hung in there,” said Scarborough coach Tony DiBiase. “They didn’t really pressure us but I thought our inability to handle the ball hurt us a lot.”

The Hawks’ dismount wasn’t perfect and they recognized that. There were turnovers against the halfcourt press while they tried to melt the clock and too many 3-pointers — nine — allowed.

But, against a playoff team, it was good enough.

“I think this is the most composure we showed,” said Bartlett. “We’re still not good at closing games sometimes, and they were hitting threes and we weren’t getting hands up. We made a couple stupid passes. But instead of it taking two or three minutes to calm down, it was one or two possessions.”

The 6-foot-6 Lontine-Kearson and 6-foot-7 Griffin Simmons battled Red Storm 6-foot-7 center Jacob Gardner (10 points) all night, with each side landing blows. Forward Nate Wessel added 15 points for the visitors.

In the end, the good outweighed the bad, and a quality win was pocketed. It even allowed the Hawks to jump over Scarborough in the Heal Point standings as they enter a key stretch of games that begins the second half of their season.

“We shared the ball much better,” said Zamarchi. “We were looking for the open man, the extra pass. … It was good to get that Tuesday loss out of our system. We have a big stretch coming up.”

 

MARSHWOOD, 62-57

SCARBOROUGH (57)

Freeman 1-0-3, Hicks 5-5-18, Corey 2-0-5, Wessel 5-3-15, Gardner 5-0-10, Peoples 2-0-6. Totals: 20-8-57.

MARSHWOOD (62)

O’Neil 2-0-4, Bartlett 6-3-17, McDaniel 5-0-10, Simmons 1-0-2, Parmley 3-0-8, Dalecki 3-0-6, Lontine-Kearson 6-1-14. Totals: 26-6-62.

Scarborough 17 10 12 18—57

Marshwood 12 19 12 19—62

3-pointers: Scarborough 9 (Hicks 3, Wessel 2, Peoples 2, Freeman, Corey); Marshwood 4 (Bartlett 3, Lontine-Kearson). Fouled out: none.

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