GUILFORD--Going to the gymnasium at Piscataquis community high school (PCHS) brings back memories for Dustin Sirabella.
On Monday afternoon, Sirabella recorded 11 points, seven rebounds, and two blocks to help the Dexter Tigers get a 53-40 victory over PCHS.
Sirabella broke his neck at PCHS during a summer league game in 2012.
"This gym has a lot of memories for me. This is where I broke my neck,"Sirabella said. "It has always been a gym that has pushed me to do better."
The Tigers took control of the game from the opening tip. They had offensive possession for the first 90 seconds.
Dexter (5-1) took a quick 4-0 lead, when Trevor Fogarty had two baskets on two steals with six minutes left in the first quarter.
"I thought they (Dexter) played smarter and more mature than we did right from the get go, "PCHS coach Jamie Russell said. "They set the tone for the game in the first possession."
Sirabella gave the Tigers a 10-4 lead with 3:53 remaining in the first quarter. That would be as close as the game would get.
The Tigers built the lead to 26-12 in the second quarter.
Ethyn Gould hit a jump shot with 18 seconds remaining in the half to give the Tigers a 28-19 halftime advantage.
Nick Fortier cut the Tigers lead to 38-32 with 7:28 remaining in the fourth quarter. The Tigers scored the next nine points to put the game away.
"We cut the lead to six, but I was never comfortable with the way we were playing,"Russell said. "They exposed our weaknesses and took away our strengths."
Nate Burns and Tristan French have been the Pirates leading scorers this season. Matt Bartlett and Bailey Spack limited the high scoring duo to eight total points on 1-12 shooting from the field.
"The focus was to slow both those guys (Burns and French) down. If you can slow both of them down, god bless you. If you can slow one of them down, you are going to be in the game,"Dexter coach Peter Murray said. "Matt Bartlett and Bailey Spack have grown up playing against those two kids. Those two did a fantastic job today."
The Tigers had four players finish in double digits in scoring.
Fogarty led the way with 16 points, six rebounds, six assists, and two steals. Fogarty scored 17 points and grabbed 16 rebounds to lead the Tigers to a victory over Stearns on Friday.
"Trevor does not have to score to hurt you. He is the straw to stir the drink. Every team in this league has a player like that. If you take that player away, than what do you got,"Murray said. "We have other players. We do not need Trevor to score 25 points a game to win. Some nights we do need that and he is capable of that."
Russell added, "The Fogarty kid is a heads up player, and I thought he did a great job of breaking down our pressure."
Spack added 12 points and four assists. Gould chipped in with 11 points and four rebounds.
Fogarty, Sirabella, Spack, and Gould combined for 50 points on 20-34 shooting from the field, 20 rebounds, 12 assists, and five steals.
Fogarty said, "If this keeps up, we will be a tough team to play against."
Sirabella shot 5-8 from the field in 28 minutes.
"He (Sirabella) has had a couple real good games. Over to Central was a real good game for him, and again tonight,"Murray said. "We are asking kids to determine what they are really good at and do that more often. Don't try to do more than you are capable of doing. He has some good guards that can find him down by the basket."
Fogarty added, "That is what we need from Dustin. He played a great game."
Ben Morrill and Jeremy Bell led the Pirates (4-1) with 10 points each. Bell also had four rebounds, two steals, and one assist.
French added seven points (4-4 FT), Spencer Martell chipped in with four points. Cody White recorded two points, six rebounds, and two assists.