RUMFORD – If ever the Mountain Valley boys’ basketball team was in for a potential letdown, it would have been Thursday night.

But the Falcons weren’t about to let that happen.

The Falcons display a ball-hawking, man-to-man defense that was dominating and the unselfish offense was led by Andy Shorey who scored a game-high 30 points in the 83-35 triumph over Mt. Abram.

Undefeated Mountain Valley (10-0) jumped out to a double-digit lead and never looked back. Shorey scored seven and Travis Fergola six as the Falcons returned to the court less than 24 hours after beating previously unbeaten Winthrop 52-40.

Fergola, a 6-foot-3 center, finished with six rebounds, nine assists and four steals.

“Not really,” Falcon senior Jeremy Child said. “We were not worried about the team letting down. We knew that we had to come right at them and play hard. Our (plan) was to get on top early, try working defense and deny them the ball.”

Mt. Abram (6-4) simply was overwhelmed by the trapping defenders and was unable to set up its offense. Tyson Chase paced them with nine points and 10 rebounds. The Roadrunners missed eight of their first nine shots.

Marcus Palmer had four steals, and the Falcons scored several baskets on fast breaks. A pair of 3-pointers by DJ Gerrish, and Byron Glaus put the hosts ahead 32-16 midway through the second quarter.

“We played well together,” DJ Gerrish said. “Especially on our secondary break, and that’s a priority. On defense, we wanted to force turnovers. “

Mountain Valley would pass freely around the perimeter and the get the ball inside against the Roadrunners zone.

The Falcons scored the first 20 points in the third quarter. Gerrish, Fergola, Palmer and Glaus each scored eight points in the game.

Mt. Abram finally answered when Jordon Norton, eight points, drained a trey with 1:46 left in the third.

The Roadrunners shot 33 percent and had 21 turnovers.

“We passed the ball well,” Falcon coach Dave Gerrish said. “That led to some good shots, and we wanted to push the ball up the court. There was no letdown.”

The Falcons shot 61 percent from the floor, committed 11 turnovers and made 14 of 17 free throws.


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