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Fort Kent boys remain undefeated following Christmas break victories

FORT KENT, Maine — The Fort Kent Community High School varsity boys basketball team has yet to be topped. 

The Warriors moved to 5-0 on the season with wins over Hodgdon at home on Wednesday, Dec. 29, and away at Katahdin on Saturday, Jan. 1.

The Hodgdon game proved more challenging for the Fort Kent boys. 

“We came out in the first half very flat. We did not take care of the basketball and had zero pop in our step,” Warriors Coach Chad Cyr said. “We trailed the whole game until a few minutes into the fourth quarter. Hodgdon is a great team and they definitely proved you can’t let your guard down.”

Fort Kent ultimately pulled off a 54-48 win thanks to a game high 20 points by Austin Delisle and another 15 from Ethan Daigle.

Walker Oliver led in scoring for the Hawks with 15 points followed by Troy Hipsley with 14.

“One of these (Warrior) boys’ strongest qualities is the competitive spirit they have and how hard they dig and scratch to pull out the win,” Cyr said. “We have come from behind in our last three games and we really need to stop that trend or we are going to burn out.”

The Fort Kent boys heeded their coach’s advice by stepping things up in the first half of the game against Katahdin.  

“Our first half defense was the best it has been all year, which allowed us to get out in transition the way we like to and maintain a solid lead,” Cyr said. “We have lots of work to do before we are satisfied on the defensive end, and we need to really make a conscious effort to cut our turnovers in half, but it is still early in the season. I am proud of these boys and the efforts they make toward improving.”

Fort Kent took that game 63-30. 

Daigle led the way with a game high 19 points. Delisle scored 18, while Xander Gervais and Bryce Valcourt each contributed six.  

Grady Ritchie topped the Cougars offense with nine points. Jeffrey Martin scored an additional eight, followed by Kyle McNally with seven points and Justin Hurlbert with four.

“Katahdin is a solid basketball team and they are going to win some more games throughout the season,” Cyr said. 

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