NEW LONDON, Conn. - Host Coast Guard earned its fifth win of the season, beating Maine-Presque Isle 73-64 in the final game of the Camel/Cadet Classic hosted by Coast Guard and Conn. College.
With the win the Bears improve to 5-1 on the season while the Owls drop to 3-5. This is the best start to the season for Coast Guard since the 2007-08 team started off the year winning nine straight games.
Sophomore Ethan Boose recorded his second double double in as many games with 14 points and 10 rebounds including four offensive boards. Senior Kevin Alvarez had 18 points for the Bears. Alvarez has averaged 24 points over the last four games. Sophomore Micah Baldez added 15 points, five rebounds, and three assists while senior Mark Krebs had four points and eleven rebounds.
Alvarez and Boose were named to the All-tournament team.
Sophomore Maurice Harris had 18 points, five rebounds, and a game high four blocks for Maine-Presque Isle. Senior Chase Vicaire chipped in a game high 20 points.
It was a close game early on as the Owls managed to gain their largest lead of the half at five points as junior Kim Collins drained a jumper making the score 12-7 with 12:24 left to go in the first half.
The game continued to be close through the first half until just over three minutes left in the period. With Maine Presque-Isle holding on to a one point lead at 20-19, the Bears would go on a 8-0 run to end the period and take a 27-20 lead into the locker room. Boose had six of the team's final eight points of the half.
Coast Guard continued to roll at the start of the second half starting off with a 15-6 run pushing their lead to 19 at 45-26 with 14:46 to go in the second half.
The Bears continued to press and increased the lead to 21 at 54-33 with just over 11 minutes to go in the game.
The Owls brought the Coast Guard's lead to single digits towards the end of the game but could not get any closer than seven as the Bears closed out the game making their free throws and finishing off the 73-64 win.
Coast Guard shot 28-70 (40%) from the floor and was 33.3% (6-18) from beyond the arc. The Bears held a significant advantage down low, as they out rebounded the Owls 57-35 and out scored them in the paint 42-14.
Maine-Presque Isle shot 34.3% (23-67) overall and were 9-30 (30%) from three. The Owls held a 9-0 advantage in blocked shots.
Coast Guard is back in action on Wednesday, December 6th at 6:00 pm when they host arch rival Merchant Marine. The race for the Superintendents Cup is tied at 3-3 between the two schools.
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