Maine-Presque Isle tried to rally its young troops to pull off a solid home win Saturday, but was undone by some key mistakes in the second half, and Southern Maine CC pulled out their 17th win of the season, 74-64.
The Owls charged out of the gate, leading 14-6 at one point behind key shots from freshman Kevin Collins and junior Chase Vicaire. Meanwhile, sophomore Brandon McGill was providing rebound support, and Vicaire was able to disrupt some passing angles to force early turnovers.
As the first half ebbed away, the Owls were in a strange rotation due to foul trouble for several players, including posts McGill and freshman Maurice Harris, as well as sophomore point guard Nick Lenhard and frehsman Quinton Harris. The makeshift lineup did not possess the ball efficiently, turning it over on three straight possessions that led to Seawolves transition baskets. By half, the score was tied 30-30.
Southern Maine began the second half strong, scoring the first seven points on offensive rebounds or dribble penetration. Head Coach Mike Holmes identified this stretch as an issue the Owls need to address for the final stretch of the season.
"Playing with our detail is a challenge for forty minutes," Holmes said, "but we have eighteen games under our belt and youth should only be an excuse for so long. We have the ability to avoid mental mistakes, and that needs to happen with greater consistency."
Collins led Maine-Presque Isle with 17 points, while McGill grabbed six rebounds and Lenhard dealt out three assists. Holmes credited Southern Maine with their overall effort and ability.
Holmes said, "They have ten or eleven guys who can play and make contributions. They use them all. They adjusted their intensity and went into attack mode. We got a little passive for a period of time and that was the bulge they needed."
Southern Maine attempted 30 free throws to the Owl's eight.
Maine-Presque Isle next plays at home Thursday against Maine-Machias. Tip is set for 7:30 p.m.