JAY – I. J. Pinkham knows that sometimes he needs to get his player’s attention early in a basketball game.

So when his Boothbay boys’ missed its first eight shots, he called a quick timeout with hopes of getting his club refocused Wednesday night.

“Every game all year, we’ve had no emotion as a team,” said Pinkham. “So when we come out of the locker room, something has to happen or I have to scream at them to get them going. So I wasn’t surprised. We’re notoriously slow starters.”

Pinkham got his kids attention in a hurry, and the Seahawks made quick work of the Jay Tigers in a 91-38 victory.

Boothbay (4-1) missed an abundance of quality shots in the first quarter, but once the Seahawks got those shots to fall, the Tigers (0-6) were helpless against a potent Boothbay post game.

Pat Norton led all scorers with 23 points while Kris Noonan added 17. Roy Arsenault chipped in 13 while Adam Climo had 10. Jay got eight each from Justin Butler and Nick Gulliver.

“We knew going in that we were going to have to front Kris Noonan, and we were going to try to get some help on the backside,” said Jay coach Frank Williams. “He’s such a strong inside player for just a sophomore. We hung around a bit in the first quarter, and we rebounded good, but eventually they controlled the boards. They were fast breaking us, and we got into foul trouble.”

Despite the slow start, shooting just 4-for-19 from the floor in the first quarter, Boothbay still buily a 12-6 lead by quarter’s end. That came from nine straight points, five from Norton.

Boothbay hit four of its first five shots in the second quarter and shot 12-for-18 as it outscored Jay 29-11. Norton and Noonan combined for eight points during an 8-2 run to open the quarter. Boothbay later had a string of 17 straight as the Seahawks press gave the Tigers fits.

The Tigers hit just one of their last eight shots in the second quarter and managed just six field goals in the entire second half.

“We’re a young team,” said Williams. “We’re still trying to learn the offense. We knew going in that we had to play a really good game. It couldn’t be in the 90s. It had to be in the 40s for us to have a chance.”


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