WINSLOW — Winslow guard Michael Wildes said he wanted to have a strong senior night. How’s a career-high scoring game in a 22-point win?

“I wanted to come out strong. It’s a special night, senior night,” Wildes said.

Wildes scored 25 points, leading the Black Raiders to a 52-30 win over Skowhegan. Winslow improved to 12-3 in Class B North and pushed its win streak to nine games. Skowhegan dropped to 9-6 in Class A North.

While Wildes went off offensively, the key was Winslow’s defense, especially in the second quarter. Ahead 13-9 after one, the Black Raiders held Skowhegan scoreless in the second, forcing eight turnovers in the process.

“We played great defense,” Winslow coach Ken Lindlof said. “We were able to maintain good ball movement, and we had good patience. We took advantage of their turnovers and turned them into easy baskets.”

Wildes’ layup with four seconds left in the second quarter capped Winslow’s 19-0 run and gave the Black Raiders a 32-9 halftime lead. Along with getting baskets in transition off turnovers, Winslow was able to penetrate and attack the basket. That’s how Wildes scored eight of his 11 second quarter points.

“I was just looking for screens, really,” Wildes said. “My teammates were getting me open for sure.”

“We knew how good he is,” Skowhegan coach Tom Nadeau said of Wildes. “He’s a tough, hard-nosed athlete. He creates problems with his attitude and effort.”

Skowhegan played shorthanded, with starter Cam Barnes and key reserve Matush Prokop out, and starting center Kiel LaChappelle left the game after falling hard in the second quarter. The Indians tried to slow things down, but struggled as Winslow sped things up.

“They play defense very well. We struggled against the pressure,” Nadeau said.

Winslow, on the other hand, took extremely good care of the basketball. The Black Raiders didn’t have a turnover until they were whistled for a travel 20 seconds into the third quarter.

Jack Morneault added 15 points for Winslow. Cole Pierce led Skowhegan with 11 points.

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