LIVERMORE FALLS – The Livermore Falls boys’ basketball team had a plan and stuck to it in a Mountain Valley Conference season-opening game Friday night.

Mike Durrell scored 17 of his game-high 24 points in the first half as the Andies pulled away for a 75-51 victory over Lisbon.

Livermore Falls took advantage of its size to dominate the paint on the strength of Durrell (11 rebounds) and Davis Mercier, who had 14 points and eight boards.

“We had a few keys,” said Livermore Falls coach Randy Parenteau. “Mike Durrell played big in the paint, and guards Jake Marceau and Zach Keene drove to the basket. Plus, we played good defense.”

The Andies constantly fed the ball to the 6-foot-6 Durrell, and the big man responded by banking in baskets from eight feet.

In the beginning of the second quarter, Marceau (14 points) made a runner, Durrell put in an offensive rebound, and Mark O’Shea stole the ball and went coast-to-coast to help the Andies build a 28-16 lead.

“We worked the ball inside,” Durrell said. “Everyone did their job.”

Lisbon (0-1) was quicker, and hustled to pull within 28-22 on baskets by Kyle Neagle, Zach Bubar (seven points) and Scott Eck. Steve Michaud scored a team-high 12 points for the Greyhounds.

In the third quarter, Livermore Falls pulled away on a pair of Brian Castonguay free throws and penetration by Keene and Marceau. The Andies shot 66 percent for the quarter and led 58-33 heading into the final eight minutes.

Lisbon shot 31 percent and committed 12 turnovers. The Andies shot 46 percent and turned the ball over 14 times.


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