Oxford Hills, with much of its talent returning from last year, is working on ways to score and win when it has an off shooting night. Lewiston is still looking for more ways to consistently put points on the board, however they may come.

Matt Fleming got his game-high 25 points in a variety of ways for Oxford Hills and led the Vikings to an impressive 68-34 win.

Fleming scored nine points from the free-throw line, 12 from behind the 3-point arc and two of his remaining four with a rim-rattling dunk to put the exclamation point on his night, which included nine rebounds.

“That’s what really gets the crowd going. We love that,” senior guard Cole Verrier said of the dunk.

Verrier added 13 points, six rebounds and five assists for the Vikings, while Chris St. Pierre had 12 points.

Jalen Allison led the Blue Devils with seven points and Desmond Jackson added six.

“I thought our shot selection led us into bad defense,” Lewiston coach Tim Farrar said. “We’d get a quick shot and we’re in scramble mode in transition and they’re going to get an open 3. That’s what they do very well. It’s tough to get the matchups the way you want them when you’re running around.”

Oxford Hills held Lewiston to one field goal over the equivalent of one period to pull away in the second and third quarters.

Damien Poulin’s buzzer-beater pulled Lewiston to within 13-12 at the end of the first quarter. It would be the last basket for the Devils until the deficit ballooned to 15.

Oxord Hills opened the second quarter with a 15-1 run, with Fleming scoring 10 of the 15. Spencer Strong chipped in with a 3-pointer and an assist to set up Colton Carson (four points, six rebounds) during the run.

“We were just getting into the passing lanes and trying to get deflections. It’s not only about steals,” Verrier said. “You can get deflections and cause havoc.”

“We’ve been talking about how we were probably going to be able to score but we’re going to have nights where we don’t shoot it well when other teams get into our faces, and on those nights, we’re going to have to defend,” Oxford Hills coach Scott Graffam said. “We’re really talking about how many deflections we can get, how many times we dive on the floor for loose balls, how many charges we can take and whether we can rebound.

“We did a really good job getting a hand up on the shooter, closed out on shooters pretty well and didn’t let them get any second shots.”

Jackson ended Lewiston’s shooting drought briefly with a 3, but Verrier sparked a 14-2 run.

“We shut them out in the first four minutes of the third quarter and went on a big run,” Fleming said. “We went to the rim and drew a lot of fouls. That was what we emphasized.”

“We can get a jump shot any time. It’s getting to the rim that we’ve been trying to preach. Get to the foul line. We actually shot well from the foul line tonight. That’s been a problem,” Graffam said.

Atreyu Keniston added eight points and eight rebounds for the Vikings, doing some of his damage on the offensive boards, although the Vikings, in their continuous quest to diversify their scoring, would like to be more productive in that department, too.

“We need to do a better job on the offensive boards and get some second-chance baskets, if possible,” Fleming said.


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