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Patriots enter wide-open Class C tourney in first place

Article from The Piscataquis Observer, Vol. 165, No. 7, February 12, 2003

MILO The Penquis boys (16 - 2) finished the year strong with wins over Mattanawcook and Katahdin to cement their spot as the No. 1-ranked team in Eastern Maine Class C basketball.

The Patriots will open their post-season on Feb. 18 at 8:35 at the Bangor Auditorium against the winner of the Hodgdon-Schenck preliminary game. Penquis did not play Hodgdon in the regular season, they did take on twice the Wolverines from Schenck, beating both at home and on the road. In the second game, in Milo, Jordan Allen led the way with 17 points, while Steve Kissell had 12 points and Dustin Perkins contributed 11.

As shown in their late-season loss to Dexter, the Patriots, who use an aggressive style of play to make up for their lack of depth or a big man, fall into danger when their rough play gets them into foul trouble. But when Penquis is hitting on all cylinders, any one of the top five or six on the squad is capable of having a big night, making planning for the Patriots a difficult task.

Allen has been the most consistent scorer for the Patriots, and on many nights Dustin Perkins has been their best player. Kissell, Justin Allen, Brandon McKenzie, Devin Perkins, and Colby Chase also contribute.

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