Raiders earn season sweep of the Hornets

By Lloyd Jones

FRYEBURG — After a tough loss to Cape Elizabeth on Wednesday, the Fyeburg Academy boys' basketball team closed out the week on a good note with a 54-43 victory over Leavitt at home on Friday.

The win gave the Raiders a season sweep of the Hornets, which they'd previously beaten 45-29 in Turner on Dec. 16.

The win lifted Fryeburg to 5-3 on the season, while Leavitt fell to 1-7.

"It was a hard-fought win against Leavitt," said Sedge Saunders, Raiders' head coach. "They pose some match-up problems with their size and they are playing with nothing to lose so they are a dangerous team. We also are in an adjustment period as this was our first game with both Isaac Wakefield and Tucker Buzzell back after missing two games."

Fryeburg outscored Leavitt 14-11 in the opening quarter, and extended the lead to four points at the half, 25-21.

"I felt like we never got into a rhythm offensively until the second half," Saudners said. "Things started to click for us and we built a double-digit lead. We weren't able to get as much offense from our defense as we would have liked but we made up for it with some timely shooting and good ball movement in the half-court."

The Raiders outscored the visitors 13-11 and 16-11 in the third and fourth quarters, respectively.

Oscar Saunders led Fryeburg in scoring with 11 points, while Cody Gullikson added 10; Scott Parker, nine; Ryan Hewes, eight; Buzzell and Joe LeBrun, six; and Wakefield, four.

"I thought Scott Parker had a really good game for us," Saunders said. "He's been almost trying too hard — pressing a bit and I thought he looked more relaxed and just let the game come to him. He had a really nice pull-up in the lane that showed just how explosive he can be.

"Ryan Hewes did his usual yeoman's work on the defensive end and he had a very efficient game offensively as well, all this while fighting off a fairly severe illness," he added. "It was nice to have Tucker Buzzell back who does a little of everything for us. He will only get better."

On Wednesday Cape (5-2) outscored the Raiders 16-6 in the first quarter and never looked back. Fryeburg trailed 28-17 at the half and 42-24 after three frames, leaving town with a 53-32 win.

Oscar Saunders led the Raiders with 10 points, followed by LeBrun, nine; Hewes, seven; Caleb Bowles, four; and Gullikson, two.

Fryeburg is on the road for two contests this week with scheduled trips to Gray (5-3) on Tuesday and at Sacopee Valley (2-6) in Hiram on Thursday. Both games are slated to tipoff at 6:30 p.m.

"Gray is a big game for us, but they're all big at this point," Saunders said. "Gray is a young team like us. They're confidence is growing and they have a gym that's a pretty good home-court advantage. I know the troops are looking forward to the challenge."

Gray had been riding a five-game win streak before falling 61-49 to Spruce Mountain (7-1) on Friday.

Sacoppe, which is on the road at Freeport (2-5) on Tuesday, is coming off a 55-42 loss to Traip Academy (4-4) in Kittery.