CASTINE—The Maine Maritime Academy mens basketball team hosted teams from the University of Maine at Presque Isle, SUNY Maritime of Bronx, New York and Curry College of Milton, Mass. during the Mariner Classic round robin tournament December 30 and 31. The Mariners took big wins over SUNY Maritime and Curry College during the annual tournament.
Maine Maritime snapped a four-game losing streak with a 65-45 win over SUNY Maritime in the first game of the round robin on Friday. The Mariners shot out to an early 8-2 lead, but a mid-half run by SUNY Maritime closed the gap to four. Maine Maritime responded with 10 unanswered points to gain a 14-point lead. SUNY Maritime edged back again, this time making it a one-possession game with just over three minutes to go in the first half. Junior Tyler Thayer (Hermon) netted a jumper and junior Brendan Newcomb (Holden) sank a three-pointer to extend the lead as the Mariners took a 43-35 lead into halftime.
The second half was all Mariner offense, as Maine Maritime outscored its opponent 42-30 to run away with the 20-point win. Freshman standout Nick DePatsy (Waldoboro) led the Mariners in scoring with 22 points, while Thayer and Newcomb each recorded 17 points.
The Mariners took the momentum from Friday’s win into Saturday against Curry College, overcoming an early 6-2 deficit to roll to an 81-39 win. The win was the team’s largest margin of victory since a 109-29 win over Unity College in 2008.
DePatsy was on fire from behind the arc as he recorded 15 points on five three-pointers; however, it was junior Nick Judge (Cushing) who led the Mariners in scoring with 21 points, 12 of which came from three-point land. Senior Dylan Stevens (Wells) rounded out the Mariner offense with 11 points while recording a team-high five steals.
The Mariners stand at 3-7 overall, while they are still looking for a North Atlantic Conference win.