Pioneer boys wash out Beavers in second half of quarterfinal play

ST. AGATHA, Maine — The Washburn Beavers’ tight halftime lead did not hold up against the Wisdom Pioneers during the second half of an Aroostook County Division II boys basketball quarterfinal Thursday in St. Agatha. 

Washburn had a two-point lead at halftime, but ultimately fell to the Pioneers 54-44.

Wisdom head coach Dominique Rossignol said his team did not underestimate the Beavers, whom they also played last week.

“When we went to Washburn on Saturday, we came away with what looked like a convincing win on paper, but we went down 25-7 to start the game and had to catch fire and turn ourselves completely around to come back the way we did, so we knew what Washburn was capable of,” Rossignol said. 

Pioneer Jonah Babin had a game-high 19 points. His teammate Carter Pelletier added another 15 points, and Dominick Gendreau, 10 points.

Aidan Churchill led in scoring for Washburn with 13 points. Devin Dionne chipped in 11 and Ben Turner, 7 points for the Beavers. 

Wisdom will advance to the Division II semifinal competition against the Van Buren Crusaders. 

“Van Buren is a very tough opponent who presents many challenges,” Rossignol said. “They’re very well coached. Coach Lapierre always has his teams defend and rebound well, and be patient and disciplined offensively.” 

The Pioneer boys have an added incentive to try and defeat the Crusaders in the semifinals. 

“Going back to soccer season, we’ve lost to them four straight times, so we’re hungry,” Rossignol said.

The Pioneers and Crusaders will meet Saturday, March 6 at 1 p.m. in Van Buren.


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