Bengals top Clippers in Thursday games

MACHIAS, Maine — The University of Maine at Fort Kent men’s and women’s basketball teams both won road, instate rival games at University of Maine Machias on Thursday evening. The men won 100-66 and the women were victorious by 76-68.

In the men’s game, Machias handled the Bengal pressure early and settled into a back-and-forth game. UMFK was scoring in transition but Machias’s dribble penetration was keeping them in the game. A Darius Clark layup with 9:03 to go in the half brought the home team to within 23-20.

UMFK leading scorer Anthony Knight took over, scoring 14 of his first-half 20 over the final nine minutes with two threes and two dunks. The Bengals ended the half 36-15. UMFK also shot 15-20 over that stretch to balloon the halftime lead to 21. Machias turned the ball over 12 times in the first half.

In the second half UMFK’s defense was too much for the Clippers to handle. The Bengals forced turnovers that led to easy buckets on the other end. UMFK opened the half on a 31-10 run to stretch the lead to 88-45 with 5:46 to go.

Knight finished with a game high 24 points on 11-14 shooting. Bobby Syvanthong shot 10-12 and finished with 21. Tom Enerva had 13 points and 12 rebounds while Johnathan Caldwell finished with 12.

Machias was led by Travonne Thompson, who had 16 points and 13 rebounds.

In the women’s game, UMFK jumped out to a 26-12 first-quarter lead thanks to 66 percent shooting and 10 points by USCAA leading scorer Savana Jankowski. However the second quarter was the complete opposite as UMFK shot 3-13 and Alice Brooks for Machias caught fire and finished with four first half three pointers. The Bengals led by just two points (34-32) at the half.

The second half was back and forth with the lead changing six times in the third quarter. Two Kailee Dowler free throws and a baseline jumper from Tate Dolley gave UMFK the lead for good.

The Bengals would force 16 Machias turnovers and outscore the Clippers from the free-throw line 24-11. UMFK shot 24-27 from the line.

Jankowski led the Bengals with 28 points. The freshman Dowler had 22 and hometown hero Tate Dolley had 10 points and seven rebounds.

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