Hampden Academy boys basketball downs Bangor on the street
The Hampden Academy Broncos picked up a boys basketball win over Bangor behind a giant scoring night time from Zach McLaughlin on Wednesday night time, defeating the Rams 70-34.
McLaughlin scored 9 factors within the first quarter and exited the sport for the final time with 4 minutes left within the fourth and a game-high 27 factors.
Hampden Academy (8-7) coach Russ Bartlett, who on Monday collected his three hundredth profession victory in a win over Skowhegan, mentioned that the Broncos and McLaughlin play higher when the star junior “lets the sport come to him.”
“I type of simply let my teammates become involved earlier than I search for my shot,” McLaughlin mentioned. “JJ [Wolfington] and Landon [Gabric] create for me, similar factor with [Brandon] Butterfield, he’s main the league in assists. I believe the sport involves me loads simpler after I discover my teammates first.”
Broncos’ ahead Wolfington scored 10 of his 18 factors within the first interval.
Wolfington scored twice across the basket after which hit two 3-pointers, one from the left nook and one from the highest of the arc. His scoring outburst to start out the sport opened issues up for McLaughlin and others.
“The primary sport of the yr he had 9 assists and was 4-of-5 from the ground, and after in regards to the fifth sport we instructed him we wanted him to be extra aggressive,” Bartlett mentioned. “The assists have gone down just a little however his scoring has gone up. He’s getting good photographs within the center, can rating from the perimeter and he’s finished an awesome job.”
Bangor’s Matt Holmes scored seven factors within the first interval to tempo the Rams (2-13). Holmes completed with a team-high 12 factors on Wednesday.
The Rams had a 9-8 lead halfway via the primary quarter however Hampden took the lead again with a Wolfington 3-pointer and by no means appeared again.
McLaughlin added 10 factors within the second quarter whereas Gabric nailed two triples as a part of a 19-point second body for the Broncos. Bangor was held to 4 factors.
Wolfington added eight factors within the third quarter.
“I like to see my boys scoring,” McLaughlin mentioned. “I prefer to see well-rounded wins and that’s what we’re doing. Dogging-out some wins, 5 video games within the 70s and we’re enjoying superior basketball. We performed as a crew as we speak and everyone shot the ball nice.”
Ryan Ford of Bangor scored 4 of his eight factors within the fourth quarter.