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Guilford— Eddie Cobb came off the bench Monday evening to spark The Penobscot Valley High School (PVHS) Howlers to a 48-33 victory over the Piscataquis Community High School (PCHS) Pirates.
Nick Schmiedlehner hit a three pointer early in the second quarter. That tied the game up at 10. Cobb scored the next eight points to give the Howlers a 18-10 lead. PVHS held a 23-16 lead going into halftime. Cobb (10) and Joe McCloskey (8) combined for 18 of the Howlers 23 first half points. A big key to the game was the rebounding edge that the Howlers had over the Pirates. PVHS out-rebounded PCHS 31-21. McCloskey (13) and Cobb (10) combined for 23 rebounds.
A focus for the Pirates coming into the game was to try and stop McCloskey. That is something that is not an easy task for any team. PCHS had two or three players around McCloskey every-time he touched the ball.
“They were double and tripling down every-time I got the ball in the paint,” McCloskey said. “I just really looked for my men cutting.”
Trevor Duby put in a shot with 3:50 remaining in the third quarter. That cut the Howlers lead to 25-23. Ryan Scopino scored the next four points to start a 9-0 run. Jacob Jones hit a three pointer at the third quarter buzzer, to give the Howlers a 34-23 lead. Coach Jamie Russell feels his team moved the ball better in the second half.
“I was pleased with our defense. I wasn’t particularly pleased with our offense,” Russell said. “We just had very poor ball movement, player movement in the first half. Second half was a little bit better. I credit some of that to PCHS. They had a pretty good plan. They are a good team. They have some size. They cause some problems.”
The Pirates scored the first four points of the fourth quarter. David Hallett scored the next four points to give the Howlers a 38-27 lead, mid way through the 4th quarter. PVHS had three players finish in double figures. Cobb led PVHS with 15 points, McCloskey and Jones added 10 each.
“We ran the floor really well tonight,” McCloskey said. “Everyone stepped up. We limited our turnovers in the second half, that really helped.”
The Howlers (14-3) are currently seeded second in the class C heal point standings. It looks like that is where they will finish. If they stay at the number two spot, the first tourney game will be Tuesday, February 21st @ 3:30. Russell is hoping his team starts shooting better before that first tourney game.
“I wish we were shooting better,” Russell said. “I think if we can improve that, we will have some better chances, so everyone is not collapsing on Joey (McCloskey).”
It was senior night in Guilford. Dylan Izbicki is the only senior on the Pirates roster. Being the only senior, Izbicki provided leadership for the young Pirates team.
PCHS (7-10) is in the mix for one of the final tourney spots. Five teams are battling for the final three spots. Madawaska, PCHS, Fort Kent, George Stevens and Foxcroft have only eight heal points separating them.
Unofficially it looks like Madawaska is in the best shape out of those teams to grab one of the spots. Fort Kent will clinch a spot with an upset over Presque Isle. Foxcroft can clinch a spot with a win over Dexter. It looks like the only way PCHS will miss the tourney is if Fort Kent defeats Presque Isle and Foxcroft defeats Dexter. George Stevens will need to defeat Orono and get a lot of help from others. Pirates Coach Dave Pepin will be interested in what is going on Tuesday night in Aroostook county.
“We need Presque Isle to beat Fort Kent,” Pepin said.
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