Mariners Drop Season Opener
PRESQUE ISLE, Maine -- Claude Louis pumped in a game-high 21 points to lead UMaine-Presque Isle to a 74-38 win over Maine Maritime Academy in the first game of the Star City Classic. The Owls improved to 1-0 while the Mariners fell to 0-1. MMA will play University of Southern Maine today at 4 p.m.
Patrick Manifold pumped in 15 points, and added eight rebounds, for the Owls while teammate Michael Warner finished with 12 points. Caleb McDonald led the Mariners with eight points.
Early on, the two teams felt each other out with UMPI able to repeatedly a small lead only to see the Mariners battle back. Finally the Owls forged some breathing room with seven minutes remaining in the half.
After taking 14 minutes to score their first 17 points of the half, the Owls scored their next 17 over the final 6, stretching a 17-16 lead into a 34-20 halftime advantage. Louis scored 10 points during the decisive 17-4 run.
Not even halftime could slow down the home team's momentum. The inside-outside attack from Manifold and Louis resulted in a 10-2 run to begin the 2nd half and put things out of reach for MMA.