WINSLOW — The Winslow and Waterville boys basketball teams have completely different goals this season. With a veteran, experienced team, Winslow is working toward a deep run in the tournament. With a new head coach and a roster with little varsity experience, Waterville is looking for improvement each game.

Those differences between these rivals was on display Tuesday night at Winslow’s Mansfield Gym. The seasoned Black Raiders executed their up tempo game plan almost perfectly, running the floor and making 11 3-pointers in an 88-52 win over the Purple Panthers.

“We’re an up tempo team. We look to shoot a lot of transition threes, and we shot them well tonight,” Winslow coach Jared Browne said.

On Monday night, Winslow’s state champion football team was honored by the school board. That left the Black Raiders (3-0) with six players at practice, so Browne had them shoot and shoot some more. A day after working on his shot so much, senior guard Colby Robertson made five 3-pointers, all in the first half, and scored 21 points.

“We took about 300 shots with the guys who were left over, and Colby was one of those guys that was here. You could tell the extra work paid off for him tonight,” Browne said.

Added Robertson: “I had the hot hand tonight, and I hit every shot I could… Every practice we work on transistion a lot, so we’re pretty good at it.”

Nason Lanphier also scored 21 points for Winslow, and hit three 3-pointers, while Justin Martin scored 19 points.

“They have some kids offensively, where they don’t have to get too clever with what they run,” Waterville (0-4) coach Nick Pelotte said. “The Lanphier kid, if he wants to get to the rim, he can pretty much do that. Obviously, Martin is a big kid.”

The Black Raiders went on a 15-0 run in the first quarter and led 27-13 after one. Winslow led 55-25 at the break, forcing 13 Waterville turnovers in the first half. Despite the lopsided score, Pelotte saw improvement from his green team.

“We’re trying to establish some things defensively. We’re trying to teach them some man-to-man concepts. First and foremost, I don’t think we have a ton of guys who have played a ton of varsity basketball. We did some things tonight, against the best team we’ve played, that we were unable to do last week. That’s encouraging,” Pelotte said. “We’re going to keep working at it. The goal is to be better tomorrow than we were today, and I think we’re a better basketball team than maybe we were Friday night, and that’s a good thing.”

Corey Huerfano scored 13 points for Waterville, and Ben Cox had 11 rebounds for the Panthers.

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