Ramblers roll 87-41 over Wolverines in senior game
Haiden Dunning netted 22 points and grabbed eight rebounds for the Wolverines but it wasn’t enough Saturday. Winthrop came away with an 87-41 Mountain Valley Conference basketball win over Wiscasset Middle High School.
The game at Stover Auditorium was Senior Day, the final home game for members of the graduating class of 2019. They included the starting five players: Matt Chapman, Dunning, Chris Loyola, and brothers Caleb and Josh Gabriele.
The Ramblers entered the game with a 15-1 record and are currently the number one seed in the Class C South. Their only loss came early in the season against Hall-Dale, the number two-ranked team.
Senior Cam Wood had 19 points in the first half for Winthrop finishing with a game-high 30 points. Ryan Baird had 16 and Jared McLaughlin 14, including three, three-point baskets in the second period.
The Ramblers were in front 20-13 after the first period, 53-21 at the half and 75-27 headed into the final period of play.
Caleb Gabriele netted the game’s first basket, a trifecta on The Wolverines' first possession.
Wood then went to work for the Ramblers; his basket underneath at the 4:30 mark broke an 8-8 tie, putting the visitors ahead for good.
A three by Loyola with 42 seconds left in the period made the score 16-13. Baskets by Sam Figueroa and Wood followed and opened up a seven-point Rambler lead.
The Ramblers offense shifted into high gear in the second period. They outscored the Wolverines 33-8. McLaughlin had the hot hand scoring 13 points. Chapman’s layup ended an 8-0 Winthrop run.
Dunning hit a three pointer at 6:49 of the third period. Baird answered with a three for Winthrop that started an 18-0 Ramblers run punctuated when Wood grabbed a rebound and dribbled the length of the court for a slam dunk.
Wiscasset ended the game on a positive note by outscoring Winthrop 15-12 in the final period. Dunning’s fourth three came with 54 ticks left in the game.
Chapman was the only other Wolverine in double figures, with 11 points, including a three. Loyola had six points.
Connor Davies finished with 24 points as host Monmouth Academy defeated Wiscasset 63-31 Thursday, Jan. 31.
Davies collected nine points in the first period when the Mustangs outscored the Wolverines 21-6. The Mustangs were up 35-11 at the half and 47-17 headed into the fourth period.
Chapman finished with eight points. Billy Pinkham along with the Gabriele brothers, Josh and Caleb, each had three point baskets.
The Wolverines will wrap up their season at Mt. Abram Tuesday night Feb. 5.