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Patriots now 8-1 after victory in Corinth

Article from The Piscataquis Observer, Vol. 166, No. 2, January 14, 2004

By Ben Bragdon
Staff Writer

Defense key as Penquis routs Red Devils, 58-35

CORINTH Penquis forward Devin Perkins describes his team's defensive philosophy in simple terms.

"We try to get out the defensive passion," he said. "We try to get in their face and cause turnovers."

The Patriots did that and more Monday night, getting all over Central while allowing only 12 first-half points on the way to a 58-35.

"It was a pretty good defensive effort, and you are on the road, so you are happy to come away with a win," said Penquis coach Tony Hamlin after watching his team move to 8-1 on the season.

After Perkins missed the first quarter with an injury, the Patriots struggled to find their groove on the offensive end. Though Perkins, the team's leading scorer, returned to start the second quarter, Penquis could not find a real rhythm when they had the ball in the first half.

But their defensive was on from the start. It is a team defense, with five players working as one to shut down passing lanes and disrupt shots. Hardly a spot on Central's side of the floor was without a Patriot hand, arm or leg, and the Red Devils certainly felt the squeeze.

"We spend a lot of time on that," said Hamlin. "They really get after it."

The Patriot offense, playing at a slow tempo, took advantage of the forced turnovers and built a lead brick by brick. After Jordan Allen of Penquis found Nick Young down low for a basket, the Patriots led 23-12 heading into the break.

Second chances allowed by offensive rebounds and bad Penquis passing allowed Central to stay within striking distance throughout the third quarter. After Justin Allen hit a three-pointer to put the Patriots ahead 31-19, Joey Kane and Nick Elliott both scored for Central to put the game within eight points. Following a Penquis run that put them up 36-25, Kane was allowed to get off a last-second half-court shot that swished in at the buzzer to end the third quarter and again cut the lead to eight.

But the fourth quarter was another story as Penquis went on a 10-2 run that put the game out of reach.

Justin Allen started the streak with a baseline drive for two points. After Kane scored on the Central end, Perkins put got a hard two with a hoop underneath the basket.

A steal by Jordan Allen was recovered by Perkins, who scored two more of his game-high 15 points. He was fouled on the play, and missed the subsequent free throw, though it was rebounded by Young and put back in to give Penquis a 44-30 lead. After a few quick shots, Hamlin called timeout. Out of the rest, Perkins scored after rebounding Justin Allen's miss to all but put the game in the books with a 46-30 lead.

Penquis, whose only loss came in an 59-58, overtime loss to Class B Hermon, are now 8-1 on the season heading into their Jan. 17 home game against Bangor Christian at 2:30 p.m. Perkins led the Patriot scoring with 15 points. Jordan Allen had 14 points, and Justin Allen added 12 points. Young had eight points for the Patriots.

Central (3-8) was led by Kane's 14 points.

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