FREEPORT – After their first loss of the season, it wasn’t long before the Yarmouth High boys’ basketball team got back on track.
Less than five minutes actually. Yarmouth, who have been at or near the top of the Class B South Heal points standings all season, raced to a 12-3 lead in Class A Freeport on Friday night, led 20-8 after a quarter and rolled to a win with 57-31 .
Peter Psyhogoes, a 6-2 senior who will play for Bates College next season, led the way with 23 points and 11 rebounds. Psyhogoes and rookie forward Sutter Auger were both out due to illness following Wednesday’s 35-32 home loss to Lake Region.
“I feel fine. My symptoms have been gone for a few days now,” Psyhogoes said. “I felt good in the warm-up and my teammates found me early, so it was nice to get into a groove.”
Yarmouth (10-1) showed his most consistent trait of playing hard man-to-man defense. Freeport (5-5), who is on a three-game slip, did not score in double digits in any quarter.
According to Yarmouth Coach Jonas Allen, the focus has been on stopping Blaine Cockburn and Colby Arsenault. Cockburn was held to one late basket. Arsenault, who made his fourth mistake early in the third quarter, led the Falcons by nine points.
“Let’s face it, Blaine and Colby are very good players. We knew if we let one or both go, we’d be in trouble,” Allen said. “Sutter changes us so much on the defensive side, and if we get bought in and play as one unit, we do well.”
The Clippers checked the glass at both ends, while Psyhogoes was aided by Auger, Cole Snyder’s center, and Yarmouth’s guards.
“We always talk, ‘Finish possession.’ It’s not a stop when you give up an offensive rebound,” Allen said.
In the loss to Lake Region, Yarmouth had 14 offensive rebounds but failed to convert them into a single point. Against Freeport, four of the Clippers’ first five baskets—including three-pointers from Psyhogoes and base guard Matt Waeldner (12 points)—were second chance points.
Psyhogoes, who has a smooth left-handed release that makes three-pointers seem easy, was piping hot to start, making his first three shots. He had 15 points halfway through the second quarter. As a team, Yarmouth were 7 out of 14 on 3 point attempts in the first half, 4 out of 6 in the first quarter. Stevie Walsh came off the couch to make three treys.
Freeport strengthened his defense after trailing 28-10 and forced into the passing lane several times with quick hands. But the Falcons failed to convert, either they turned it around themselves or missed shots.
“Defensively, we came out of the gate a little slow, but I thought we adjusted well,” said Freeport coach Tyler Tracy. “We were able to make some stops, but man, we struggled to score after those stops. I think we had four straight steals, and we missed two of them and turned the other two. You have to capitalize.”
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