MMA edged out by Colby before home crowd

Maine Maritime's Brendan Newcomb

Brendan Newcomb of Holden leads Maine Maritime against Colby. Photo by Tony Llerena Photography

CASTINE—Maine Maritime Academy faced Colby-Sawyer, and both teams lost by narrow margins before a home crowd on December 12. The Mariner women fell by four, with a final score of 51-47. The Mariner men followed with a heartbreaking 61-59 loss.

The Mariner women opened up with a 4-0 lead, finishing the first quarter up 15-13, and 21-18 at the half. Colby-Sawyer then fought back to a 37-34 advantage heading into the final quarter.

The final 60 seconds saw Maine Maritime put together a seven-point run for 48-47, but the Chargers hit three of four from the line in the final six seconds.

Alayne Felix (Mahopac, N.Y.) led the Mariners with 13 points, seven rebounds and two assists, and Kristi Willey (Topsham) chipped in 12 points, seven rebounds and four assists.

The Mariner women stand at 4-4 overall and 2-2 in the North Atlantic Conference as they head into the winter break.

The Mariner men scored seven unanswered points to claw back from a nine-point deficit in the final two and a half minutes of play, after opening the second half down by one at 22-21.

They hung close until the Chargers went on a 12-2 run to take a 45-34 lead, before the Mariners narrowed the lead to 61-55, turning up its defense in the closing minutes to force four turnovers,with two threes from Brendan Newcomb (Holden) and a three-point play from Tyler Thayer (Hermon). Dylan Stevens (Wells) and Thayer grabbed jump shots to bring the game within two with 18 seconds remaining, but Colby-Sawyer hung on for the win.

Newcomb led the Mariners with 14 points, three rebounds and two assists, while Thayer chipped in 11 points, five rebounds, five assists and a steal. and Stevens and Tyler Gilson (Thomaston) each added 10 points.

The Mariner men stand at 5-4 overall and 2-2 in the conference.

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