It was a difficult opening week to the Covid-19 shortened basketball season for the Waterville boys varsity team, losing both games they played against Holland Patent 51-36 at home Wednesday, and 61-49 away Saturday.
In Wednesday's game, WCS managed to keep it close through the first half, taking the lead in the second quarter temporarily. Holland Patent fought back to take the lead into halftime with the score 25-23.
The two-point deficit was extended by five by the end of the third quarter as Holland Patent pushed the lead to seven, 41-34.
The fourth quarter turned against WCS as they were outscored 10-2 to lose 51-36.
Connor Marriott led Waterville with 21 points and three assists. Cole Pearsall scored 13 points and gathered six rebounds. Hunter Maine grabbed six rebounds as well, and Devin Barnes got five rebounds to go with his two points.
At Holland Patent on Saturday, WCS took an early lead but fell behind in the first quarter and never regained it.
Waterville managed an early run to tie the game at 16 in the second quarter, however after that Holland Patent went on a six-point run, Waterville scored to make it 22-18, but Holland Patent finished the first half on a run to take the lead into halftime 33-18.
From there Waterville never got it closer than nine points when the score was 38-47, as Holland Patent…