Big first quarter helps Bucksport top Foxcroft

DOVER-FOXCROFT — Bucksport High School jumped out to a 22-11 lead in the first quarter to help the team earn a 71-52 victory at Foxcroft Academy in a Big East Conference/Class B North game on the evening of Thursday, Jan. 18.  The visiting squad broke the game open with a 15-4 run after play was tied at 7-7 in the early minutes.

The Golden Bucks (5-6) earned a season sweep of the Ponies (6-6) with Bucksport winning on its home court 57-44 nine days prior back on Tuesday, Jan. 9.

In the third quarter Bucksport was up by 20 at 47-27 when the Ponies began to chip away at the deficit with an 11-4 run to get to the final seconds of the 8-minute session. 

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ARM IN THE WAY — Foxcroft Academy senior Niska Jaosovic gets his shot off over the reach of Bucksport senior Caden Blackwood during the third quarter of a Jan. 18 game in Dover-Foxcroft. The Golden Bucks won 71-52, and Jasovic had 10 points for the Ponies.

Pony sophomore Lennon McAfee got the spurt started with a 3-pointer and he also had a field goal in the low post for five of the 11 points during this stretch. McAfee ended up leading Foxcroft with 14 points off the bench as he sank the shot from beyond the arc, made three other shots from the floor, and converted five free throws. The Ponies had 20 combined points from three non-starters to go along with 32 from the starting five.

Senior Jadon Richard picked up three points in the 11-4 run as he finished second on the scoring sheet with 11 points. 

Pony senior Niska Jasovic also reached double figures with 10 points, including five in the opening quarter for nearly half of his team’s total in the opening eight minutes.

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14 POINTS — Pony sophomore Lennon McAfee shoots over Bucksport sophomore Jack Morrison. McAfee scored a team-high 14 points for Foxcroft during the Jan. 18 contest.

Bucksport senior Caden Blackwood led all players with 25 points. Junior Collin McDougal had 20 of his own as the five Golden Bucks starters accounted for 69 of 71 points. Senior Evan Donnell also reached double figures with his 12-point night.

Bucksport 71, Foxcroft 52

BUC 22 12 17 20 — 71

FOX 11 11 16 14 — 52

Bucksport (5-6): Blackwood 25, McDougal 20, Donnell 12, Webber 6, Williams 6, Fitch 2

Foxcroft (6-6): McAfee 14, Richard 11, Jasovic 10, Birungi 4, Rayfield 4, Sands 4, Topolski 3, J. Smith 2

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FULL-COURT PRESS — Senior Jackson Smith applies the pressure to Bucksport senior Jake Williams on an in-bounds underneath the Foxcroft basket.

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FROM BEYOND THE ARC — Senior Wyatt Rayfield shoots a 3-point attempt during the second quarter of the Ponies’ Jan. 18 game vs. Bucksport.

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