Maine-Presque Isle got back into the win column at Unity Monday night, using a strong second-half performance to secure a 74-60 road win.
Things looked bleak for the Owl at the midway point of the first half, trailing the Rams 23-9 at one point. UMPI then began to tighten its perimeter defense and find seams in the Unity zone, grappling closer and closer until the deficit was two at half, 33-31.
Junior Chase Vicaire popped two big three-point goals in the final two minutes of the first half to give Maine-Presque Isle a needed spark, and sophomore Brandon McGill battled strong inside to chip in key baskets and grab important rebounds.
The guard play of sophomore Nick Lenhard and junior Derek Healy allowed the Owls to get control of the game in the second half, both guards finding teammates in transition or on backcuts in the offense. Maine-Presque Isle was able to grab the lead for good at the nine minute mark of the game when freshman Kevin Collins finished strong at the rim on a basket attack.
Lenhard and freshman Anthony Chacho provided defensive plays as time was ticking away on Unity, then freshman Trevor Lovely connected on four consecutive free throws down the stretch to ice the game away.
Maine-Presque Isle continues a tough week as they prepare to travel to Bowdoin Wednesday. Tip is scheduled for 7 p.m.