BANGOR—Colby Robertson scored 14 points (all in the second half) to help the Winslow Black Raiders overcome a nine point first half deficit in a Maine Principals’ Association class B semifinal game played Wednesday evening at the Cross Insurance Center.
Robertson made three 3-pointers in the second half, including one with 3:41 remaining that gave the Black Raiders a lead (42-39) they would not give back. Robertson and Keanu Earle went 4-6 from the free throw line down the stretch to secure the 48-44 victory over the Old Town Coyotes.
“He (Robertson) is one of our shooters. In our system we get open shots, and he is that guy,”Winslow coach Jared Browne said. “He is second team all conference. He put in ton of time in the offseason working hard.”
Winslow struggled offensively in the first half. They only managed 13 points, and were trailing by seven points heading into halftime. Old Town played a box and one on Winslow leading scorer and rebounder Justin Martin.
The Black Raiders went away from what helped them get 16 regular season wins. They went back to it in the second half, and were able to put up 35 points.
“I let my kids play basketball (in the second half). In the first half, they (Old Town) came out in a box and one, which we expected. We spent two days putting in a speciality offense to try and beat that, it didn’t work,”Browne said. “I told my guys that this isn’t working right now, lets do something we believe in and that is our motion offense.”
Robertson added, “They think it is just him (Martin) on our team, but we have 13 other guys that can step up.”
The Black Raiders knew they had to try and slow down Mr. Maine semifinalist Eric Hoogterp to have a chance to knock off the defending champs. Josh Kervin started the game on Hoogterp. When Kervin got in foul trouble, Trenton Bouchard came in and held Hoogterp scoreless in the second quarter.
“I don’t know how many points Trenton (Bouchard) scored, but his value isn’t measured in points,”Browne said. “His value is measured in little things that don’t go in the score sheet, that is shutting down the other teams best player.”
While the Coyotes were focused on slowing down Martin with their box and one. Martin was focused on slowing down the Coyotes top post player Adam Richardson.
“I was suppose to guard Richardson,”Martin said. “Josh Kervin and Trenton Bouchard were to switch off on Hoogterp. He (Hoogterp) is going to get his points, but I thought they did a good job.”
Martin finished with 10 points, 14 rebounds, and three blocks for the Black Raiders. Earle and Hutchinson scored six points each. Bouchard added five points, Bobby Chenard scored four points and had five rebounds, Kervin chipped in with two points.
Winslow (18-2) will take on top seeded Medomak Valley in the regional final on Saturday afternoon. The Black Raiders won the only regular season game against the Panthers 62-45.
Hoogterp scored 17 points (8-11) to lead the Coyotes. Richardson recorded 11 points, 14 rebounds, and three blocks. Mitchell Cole scored 11 points and pulled down seven rebounds. Andre Miller added four points, four rebounds, and two assists, Kaleb Gifford chipped in with one point and four rebounds. The defending state champs finish their season with a 18-2 record.