The Hampden Academy boys basketball crew confirmed a unique, extra balanced look throughout Monday evening’s early season Class A showdown with visiting Cony of Augusta.
It was an excellent search for the Four-Zero Broncos, however not a lot for the remainder of the division.
Cony restricted BDN All-Maine senior guard Bryce Lausier to 10 factors — 21 beneath his common for Hampden’s first three video games — however the Broncos used a fourth-quarter surge to defeat the Rams 79-62 in a battle of unbeatens.
Lausier nonetheless flirted with a triple-double — ending with 9 rebounds and eight assists — regardless of Cony’s defensive consideration, however the Rams couldn’t cease all of Hampden’s scoring threats.
Junior guard Andy Raye, who had totaled 15 factors going into the competition, erupted for 30 factors. Sophomore heart T.J. Henagan added 21, together with a pair of momentum-boosting dunks within the fourth quarter when Hampden outscored Cony 30-15 to interrupt open a two-point sport.
“I felt that within the second half we did a significantly better job of caring for the ball, consequently we bought extra and higher shot makes an attempt,” stated Hampden coach Russ Bartlett, whose crew dedicated solely 5 turnovers after halftime in comparison with 17 within the first half, which ended with Cony (Three-1) main 29-28.
Hampden additionally benefited from unselfish performances by its two most veteran gamers. Senior ahead Mike Raye and Lausier mixed for 19 assists for the Broncos, who had been picked to complete second behind Cony within the Kennebec Valley Athletic Convention Class A preseason coaches ballot.
The rematch is scheduled for Four p.m. on Jan. 18, 2020, in Augusta.
Hampden’s 84 assists on 107 subject targets in 4 video games this season have helped it shoot 58 % from the sector and 41 % from the Three-point arc. The Broncos are averaging 73.Zero factors per sport.
That features 4 scorers averaging in double figures, led by Lausier’s 26.5 factors (and eight.Three rebounds) to go along with junior ahead Brayden Cole (12.Zero ppg, 6.Zero rpg), Henaghen (11.eight ppg, 6.Zero rpg) and Andy Raye (11.Three ppg, Three.eight rpg).
Mikey Raye (5.Three ppg) has averaged eight.Zero rebounds and a team-leading 7.Three assists per contest whereas the 6-foot-7 Henaghan has posted a powerful 6.Zero blocked photographs per sport.
Hampden performs Dec. 23 at Messalonskee of Oakland.