Guilford, Me—-Isaiah Bess scored 16 of his game high 22 points in the second half to lead the Penquis Patriots to a 68-33 victory over the Piscataquis Community high school (PCHS) Pirates.
Bess nailed a three pointer with 6:40 left in the first quarter. That gave the Patriots a 3-2 lead and started a 9-0 run in front of a packed house in Guilford on Tuesday evening.
Bess committed his second foul with 5:52 remaining in the first quarter. Penquis did not lose a step thanks to Trevor Lyford. He put in 11 of his 15 points in the first quarter to help the Patriots jump out to a 21-7 lead.
Bess and Lyford are a dynamic duo and they are only sophomores. That could be a scary thing for the rest of class C while it is a promising thing for this year and years to come for Penquis Coach Tony Hamlin.
“They are both really good players for sophomores. Trevor had a excellent first half. Isaiah was upset but he played better in the second half. When he gets the notion to get to the rim he is pretty tough to stop,” Hamlin said. “We have four starters coming back so we should be just as good next year, I hope.”
The Patriots have a deep bench and that allows them to play pressure defense when Hamlin calls for it. The Patriots have averaged 67 points through the first five games. Much of that is due to the defense creating opportunities for the offense. They have allowed an average of 30.4 points per game.
“I need to give a lot of credit to our defense. They get a lot of steals, we get a lot of run outs. A lot of our points are from them. Our stats are really from what our team does. Need to give a lot of credit to them,” Lyford said, “We like to get out and get after it. The more we do that the better off we are.”
Hamlin added, “We spend 80 percent of our time defensively. We try to do little things. It helps when you have 12 people because you can just go at them. Over time it is difficult when you are six or seven deep playing against 12 guys. We are just going to keep after them and create offense from our defense.”
The Patriots have outscored their opponents by an average of 37 points but that should change starting next week. Penquis will take on Mattanawcook who is currently on a four game winning streak. They follow that up with a game against rival Penobscot Valley. They follow that up with games against Lee and Orono who are both 4-1.
“I scare them into being afraid of losing. I was afraid we could lose this game tonight. I am enough in their face that they are not going to relax. Their is an expectation that they are going to play to a certain level and I don’t care what the competition is,” Hamlin said. “It is going to be difficult next week. We have Lincoln and Lee and they are going to be close games. We will see what we got.”
Bess added, “He (Hamlin) wants us to try and pick it up in practice so we can keep the momentum up. We know when we play Lincoln, Lee and Orono those are going to be tough games. He wants us to be ready.”
Bess pulled down eight rebounds as the Patriots outrebounded the Pirates 36-20. Lyford had five steals. Penquis (5-0) will next play on Tuesday, January 3rd when they host Mattanawcook.
Trevor Duby led the Pirates with nine points. PCHS (3-2) will next play on Friday, December 30th at Central.
1 2 3 4 Tot
Penquis 21,14,16,17, 68
PCHS 7, 9, 8, 9, 33
Field Goals- Penquis- 25-56 (44.6) PCHS- 14-48 (29.2)
2 PT FG- Penquis- 20-42 (47.6) PCHS- 14-33 (42.4)
3 PT FG- Penquis- 5-14 (35.7) PCHS- 0-15 (0.0)
Rebounds- Penquis- 36 (Bess 8) PCHS- 20 (Moore 6)
Assists- Penquis- 8 (Lyford, Stevens 2) PCHS- 5 (Schmiedlehner 2)
Blocks- Penquis- 1 (Bess 1) PCHS- 3 (Schmiedlehner 2)
Steals- Penquis- 12 (Lyford 5) PCHS 2 (French, Schmiedlehner 1)
Cod Larrabee- 3