Wildcat hoop teams top Caribou, remain unbeaten

15 years ago

Perimeter game propels PI boys

By Joseph Cyr
Sports Editor

    CARIBOU — The opening salvo between the Presque Isle and Caribou boys basketball teams favored the visiting Wildcats Wednesday evening as Presque Isle used exceptional perimeter shooting coupled with stingy defense to collect a 61-44 victory. 

    Presque Isle scored the first six points of the game and never looked back as Caribou was unable to cut into the Wildcat lead.
    Travis Dyer tossed in a game-high 21 points, including five 3-pointers, to spark the Wildcats. Dillon Kingsbury added 15 in the winning effort, while Nate Ackerson chipped in seven; Oliver Zubrick, six; Alex Tuttle, five; Ethan Braley, four; and Keenan Eaton, three.
    For Caribou, Garrett Jordan led the way with 15 points, while Matt Till added 13; Cameron Anderson, 10; Chris Nadeau, four; and Brandon Holdsworth, two.
    Pumping their team up for the cross-town rivalry game is something neither Caribou coach Chris Casavant, nor Presque Isle coach Tim Prescott had to worry about.
    “This is one of those games where you don’t have to come up with some sort of Knute Rockne game speech to get your team jacked up,” Caribou coach Chris Casavant said. “There’s nothing either Tim (Prescott, Presque Isle coach) or I can say to get these guys fired up more than they are right now. You just have to hope the emotions stay in check.”
    Coach Prescott echoed those sentiments.
    “If they can’t get ready for Caribou, I can’t help them,” Prescott said. “I would have given anything to play in Presque Isle-Caribou game growing up.”
    Coming into the game, coach Prescott said his squad had to focus its attention on limiting two key Caribou players.
    “We have to get a lot of help guarding Anderson and Till,” he said. “We also need to take care of the rebounds and limit their second touches. We’ve been pressing pretty well in recent games, so we will try to put a little bit of pressure on them early.”
    The Wildcats achieved some those pre-game goals as the squad did an effective job of pressing at times, but could have done better in other areas, the coach said.
    “I think the guys felt we could have done a better job, and we gave up some silly baskets, but when you win by 15 on the road it’s a good win,” Prescott said. “We got some good outside shooting early from Travis (Dyer) and Dillon (Kingsbury).”
    For Casavant, the game plan was simple – slow down the pace and maybe his squad could pull out a victory.
    “We need to limit any dribble penetration that they are going to try and get,” Casavant said. “They are going to come out and pressure us with all sorts of traps, I’m sure. We will have to handle their pressure. On the offensive end, we are going to have to control the tempo. We want the game in the low, to mid-40s.”
    Presque Isle took a quick 6-0 lead in the first three minutes of play as Ackerson converted one of two foul shots and also sank a short jumper, followed by a Kingsbury 3-pointer. Caribou clawed its way back as Holdsworth scored on a nice post move to break the scoring ice for the Vikings.
    The quarter ended with Presque Isle up 10-4, which boded well for Casavant’s hopes of keeping the game in the low 40s.
    However, in the second stanza, scoring for both squads heated up as the Wildcats poured in 26 points to the Vikings’ 18 as Presque Isle took a 36-22 halftime lead into the locker room. Wildcat Dyer scored 14 of his 21 points in the second quarter, as he lit the scoreboard from behind the 3-point arc with three treys. Kingsbury chipped in eight of his 15 points in the second quarter as well. Caribou’s Anderson led the Vikings with seven points in the stanza.
    Caribou nearly matched Presque Isle point-for-point in the third quarter as Presque Isle netted 16 points to the Vikings’ 14. Dyer paced the Wildcats with five points, while Till and Walker each had seven for Caribou.
    In the final frame, Presque Isle slowly pulled away, using a nice mix of baseline and post move, coupled with continued success from the perimeter.
    “We had an awful lot of turnovers that were unforced,” Casavant said. “We had 17 total turnovers and really three-quarters of them were not forced. We never played with a sense of urgency tonight.”
    Wilder York and Tyler Brooks were both out with the flu for Presque Isle.
    On Saturday, Presque Isle hosted John Bapst of Bangor and preserved its unbeaten record with a 61-41 victory over the Crusaders. Presque Isle led 16-12, 30-24 and 45-35 at the quarter breaks.
    The Wildcats received balanced scoring as Ackerson led the way with 12 points and Zubrick and Dyer both had 11.



ImageStaff photo/Joseph Cyr 

OFF-BALANCED — Presque Isle’s Travis Dyer tries to force the ball through the lane as Caribou’s Ted Walker blocks the shot.