By Chris Lessner
DOVER-FOXCROFT– Nate Burns scored 16 first quarter points including four 3 pointers as the Piscataquis community high school (PCHS) Pirates opened up on a 21-2 run and then withstood a Foxcroft 3rd quarter run in a 69-55 schoolboy basketball win in Dover Wednesday evening.
“I just noticed they weren’t closing out on me,”Burns said. “So I took advantage and the shots were dropping”.
The Ponies got within 10 a couple times in the second quarter with Hunter Smith scoring eight points, but PCHS went into halftime with a 34-22 lead.
A few PCHS turnovers early in the third quarter got Foxcroft within 36-29 with 5:35 left. PCHS responded with a 12-0 run in the next three minutes, including six points from Jeremy Bell to put the Pirates up 19 and put the game out of reach.
The Pirates who improve to 14-2 on the season were led by Burns with 19 points, Tristan French with 14, and Bell finished with 12. PCHS put four players in double figures as freshman Bryce Gilbert also chipped in 10.
The Ponies drop to 7-8 on the season and were led by Hunter Smith who scored 20 points.
PCHS is at Central Friday night trying to avenge one of their two losses on the season with a huge Class C clash,
Burns said about the upcoming game with the Red Devils, “must win and (worth) alot of heal points”.
The Pirates are currently fifth in the Maine Principals’ Association class C heal point standings. The top five advance to the quarterfinals at the Cross Insurance Center. The teams seeded six through 11 will have to play a preliminary round game for the opportunity to advance to the quarterfinals.
A win against the Red Devils would put the Pirates in great position to finish in the top five. PCHS finishes the season with a home game against Penobscot Valley.
Foxcroft plays host to defending state champ Old Town on Friday night. The top 13 teams will make the tournament in class B. The Ponies are currently 10th in the class B heal point standings.