The Greely boys fail against Marshwood in the semi-finals

THE SCORE OF THE BOX

Swamp 46 Greely 34

M- 11 6 15 14- 46
G- 10 10 6 8- 34

M-Reuning 6-4-18, Perry 4-1-10, Wozny 3-0-7, Sullivan 3-0-6, Singer 1-3-5

G- Raftice 5-1-11, St. Hilaire 4-0-9, Coyne 3-0-6, MacArthur 1-3-5, Cloutier 1-0-2, Walker 0-1-1

3 points :
M (4) Meeting 2, Perry, Wozny 1
G (1) Saint-Hilaire 1

Turnover:
M-8
G-7

FT
H: 8-14
G: 5-8

PORTLAND—The Greely boys’ basketball team hit their defensive goal Wednesday night at the Portland Exposition Building, limiting damage from the Marshwood Hawks.

But second-tier Rangers have faltered in attack and as a result are heading home.

Greely was effective at both ends in the first half and erased an 11-10 first-quarter deficit to lead, 20-17, at halftime.

But Rangers only managed 14 points the rest of the way and the third-seeded Hawks opened the second half on a 10-0 run to take control.

Marshwood was up, 32-26, heading into the fourth quarter and there, as Greely came close at two, the Rangers couldn’t generate enough points to turn the tide and the Hawks picked up a win 46-34.

Marshwood improved to 14-5, reached regional final for first time in 25 years, advanced to meet No 1 Falmouth (18-2), tentatively scheduled for Friday at 8.45pm, at Cross Insurance Arena with a trip to the state finals on the line, and in the process ended Greely’s season at 12-8.

“It’s awesome,” Hawks coach Bobby Pratt said. “The kids deserve it.”

“Our target was to keep them at 45 points for the game and we almost got there, but I can’t remember the last time we only scored 34,” Rangers manager Travis said. Seaver.

To be cold

Greely has had a roller-coaster season with win-loss streaks, but Rangers have won their last three games and then sent No.7 Brunswick to the quarter-finals on Saturday, 58-41 (see box for links to previous stories).

Marshwood hasn’t lost consecutive games all season and also closed on a three-game winning streak before sending number 11 Biddeford to the preliminary round, 47-30.

Greely had won four of the previous five playoff encounters (see box), with a 63-50 win in the 2016 Class A South quarter-finals the most recent.

On Wednesday, the Rangers looked good early on, but the Hawks took care of business in the second half.

The first half featured seven changes in the lead, as neither team could open a lead of more than four points.

Hawks senior Chris Reuning opened the scoring with a 3-pointer at 27 seconds.

Rangers got on the board when senior Max Cloutier drove for a lay-up. Senior Timmy Walker added a free throw to tie, but Reuning hit a jumper and senior Aidan Sullivan added a jumper for a 7-3 advantage.

Greely came back, as junior Seamus Raftice came off the bench and converted an old-school three-point play (lay-up, foul and free throw) and Raftice took a pass from Cloutier and made a lay- up to give Rangers the lead.

The Hawks regained the lead on two foul shots from Reuning, but Raftice set up senior Andrew St. Hilaire for a lay-up before Reuning got a contested shot into the lane to go down with 2 seconds left, giving Marshwood an 11-10 advantage after eight minutes.

The second quarter was much the same, but Greely managed to get the upper hand.

After senior Dee Martin Coyne scored on a backhand, Reuning drove for a lay-up, but with 5:42 left in the half, a St. Hilaire 3-pointer put Rangers back in front. St. Hilaire then set up Raftice for a layup to make it 17-13.

After junior Jason Singer nudged for the Hawks, junior Hayden MacArthur made two free throws for Greely and after Reuning scored on another contested shot, MacArthur sank another foul shot to make it 20- 17 Rangers at half-time.

Reuning led all first-half scorers with 13 points, while Raftice edged Greely with seven. Rangers had just one turnover in the first two quarters.

Marshwood then roared out of the gate in the second half, as Reuning set up Trevor Wozny senior for a 3, Singer kept possession alive with an offensive rebound and fed Reuning for a 3 and Wozny drove for a lay-up to make it 25-20 Hawks, forcing Seaver to call timeout.

It didn’t help at the start, as Sullivan scored on a lean, but with 3:21 left in the quarter, a St. Hilaire layup ended the 10-0 run and drought. of 4 minutes and 49 seconds from Greely.

Perry countered with a jumper, but Raftice got a floater to snap.

After Singer took a free kick, St. Hilaire landed a shot from a difficult angle, but over time Sullivan recovered a blocked shot and headed it home for a 32-26 advantage.

When Perry started the fourth quarter with a base jumper, it looked like the Hawks were about to pull away, but the Rangers responded.

First, Coyne caught a pass from Saint-Hilaire and fired a short shot.

Then St. Hilaire again drove, drew the defense and fed Coyne for a layup.

With 3:42 to go, Raftice fought his way into the lane and finished cutting the deficit to two, forcing Pratt to call time out.

It worked, as Perry hit a 3 crit.

“It was a big hit,” Pratt said. “Good execution by the guys. Every time Andrew catches the ball with an open look, it’s a good shot from us. It was a nice piece from him. »

Then Wozny stole the ball and ran for a layup to make it 39-32 with 2:51 left.

After Perry added a free throw, McArthur drove for a layup with 1:12 on the clock to cut the deficit to 40-34, but it turned out to be Greely’s last field goal of the season.

Six seconds later, Reuning had two free throws.

Perry then broke the Rangers press and made a layup with 43.2 seconds left to essentially ice him.

Singer then made two free throws with 19.3 seconds left to bring down the curtain on Marshwood’s 46-34 win.

“Even though we allowed 20 points in the first half, we didn’t think we played very well defensively,” Pratt said. “We tried to challenge everything and if we could do that, we liked what we had. We had a little adjustment in the second half to get better clashes and it paid off.

Reuning led all scorers with 18 points. He also had five rebounds.

“I thought Chris was outstanding the whole game,” Pratt said. “If it wasn’t for him the first half, it would have been really dark offensively. He started us with a big 3 and then got some tough baskets in the paint. It’s a tough game for most teams because he’s sort of our third guy. Our game has changed in the last couple of weeks because he’s dynamic on offense and also does a good job of rebounding.

“(Reuning) was on our scouting report and we knew he could be dangerous,” Seaver said. “We did a good job taking Perry and Sullivan away, but he hurt us.”

Perry added 10 points and five rebounds, Wozny had seven points and a few steals, Sullivan six points and seven rebounds, and Singer five points and a few assists.

The Hawks rebounded from the Rangers, 26-24, made half of their field goal attempts (17 of 34), 8 of 14 free throws and committed just eight turnovers.

Marshwood have lost twice this year to Falmouth, 64-46 on December 17 on the road and 57-49 on January 24 at home. Falmouth have won the only previous playoff encounter, a 59-38 win in the 2020 Class A South quarter-finals.

The Hawks will be the underdogs this weekend, but believe anything is possible.

“Where we are now, we know any team we play against will be good, but the guys will have confidence,” Pratt said. “It’s going to be a tough game.

Not tomorrow

Greely was led by Raftice, who had 11 points off the bench. St. Hilaire bowed out with nine points and three assists, Coyne had six points and five rebounds, MacArthur added five points, Cloutier had two and Walker one (to go with seven rebounds).

Rangers took great care of the ball, turning it over just once in the first half and seven times for the game, and made 5 of 8 free throws, but 14 of 44 shots from the ground helped doom the cause.

“We went back and had some good looks but couldn’t score and that was the story all night,” Seaver said. “We missed a ton of lay-ups in the first half.

“It’s been a season of ups and downs. When we were in the middle of our five-game slide, I didn’t know what to expect. We came back and found our courage. We played really hard at the end of the year. The way we played on Saturday against Brunswick was who we are.

Greely is graduating the majority of his minutes and points. MacArthur and Raftice will be the staples next year and Rangers, as always, will have younger players stepping in and making an impact.

“It’s a tough band to say goodbye to because these guys have been around a long time,” Seaver said. “They are part of our tradition.

“We have good subclasses. We have high expectations every year, so we’ll see.

Michael Hoffer can be reached at [email protected]. Follow him on Twitter: @foresports.

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