Shires roll past Hodgdon in boys hoops

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HODGDON, Maine — A balanced scoring attack by visiting Houlton proved too much for Hodgdon to overcome Wednesday evening as the visiting Shires cruised to a 72-29 victory.

Houlton capitalized on its depth and athleticism as the Shires exploded for a 25-6 lead by the end of the first quarter. Many of Houlton’s points were open layups as Hodgdon committed numerous turnovers. 

Six different players scored for Houlton in that impressive first quarter.

Jadon Gentle paced the Shires with 13 points overall, while Caleb Solomon and Hunter Sennett both added 12. Isaiah Gentle and Garrett Harvey each chipped in 10 points; Collin Moody added six; Gage Bartlett, five; and Cody Johnston, four.

For Hodgdon, Oisin Gardiner led the team with nine points, while Troy Hipsley added seven; Drew Duttweiler had five; and Caleb Nash and Isaac Jurson each had four.

Hodgdon played without the services of one of its best players — sophomore Walker Oliver — who was out of the lineup Wednesday with a back injury. Head coach Matt Oliver was uncertain when his son would be able to return to action.

The Shires led 25-6, 43-10 and 54-18 at the quarter breaks. 

Putting up a one-handed shot is Houlton’s Hunter Sennett while guarded by Hodgdon’s Isaac Jurson during a Wednesday night game. In the background is Shire Joel Carmichael. Houlton won 72-29. (Joseph Cyr | Houlton Pioneer Times)

Hodgdon’s Drew Duttweiler (right) blocks a shot by Houlton’s Bronson Hanning during a Wednesday night game in Hodgdon. Houlton was victorious 72-29. (Joseph Cyr | Houlton Pioneer Times)