LITTLE FALLS, N.Y. — Rahmere Greene turned in a strong game off the Little Falls bench and the Mounties’ defense stifled high-scoring Ryan McCarthy in Wednesday’s 55-45 win over the Camden Blue Devils.
Greene scored 11 points and grabbed 13 rebounds in the win but made his biggest contribution defensively early in the game. Greene drew a charge from McCarthy late in the first quarter and sent him to the Blue Devils’ bench with three personal fouls.
“Rahmere drawing that charge on McCarthy was huge,” Little Falls coach Brian Dodge said. “That was the play of the game.”
McCarthy had committed his second foul on defense during the Mounties’ previous possession and did not play at all during the second quarter. After scoring 44 points in Camden’s first two games, he went without a field goal and scored four against Little Falls.
The Mounties (2-0) opened a nine-point lead at halftime behind Mitchell Baumeister who scored 13 of his team-high 16 before the break. Baumeister three-pointer from the right of the top of the key put Little Falls up 31-22 in the final minute of the half.
McCarthy’s return gave Camden a spark at the start of the second half. The Blue Devils (1-2) outscored Little Falls 9-4 to cut their deficit in half by the middle of the period but a Baumeister basket ended the spurt and the Mounties carried a seven-point lead over to the fourth quarter.
Camden got as close as five points twice early in the final period but a basket by freshman Todd Hubbell started a 7-0 run by the Mounties. Little Falls missed three consecutive free throws during that stretch — including the first shot of a one-and-one — and failed to stretch its lead past the 12 points it reached.
The Blue Devils got back within six points on Matt Critelli’s basket with 1:11 left but Critelli missed a chance to complete a three-point play and Little Falls closed out the game by hitting five of its final 10 foul shots.
After shooting 20-for-27 in Monday’s season-opening win against Poland, the Mounties went 13-for-29 at the foul line against Camden.
Brian Ewanyk had eight points and nine rebounds for Little Falls. Theo Wind also scored eight points and Hubbell had seven.
Evan Kessler hit four three-pointers and led Camden with 16 points.
Little Falls was also a 60-38 winner in junior varsity play with freshman Preston Trumbull scoring 30 points in the victory.
The Mounties play on the road for the first time Tuesday at Cooperstown.
LITTLE FALLS 55, CAMDEN 45
CAMDEN (1-2) — Ryan McCarthy 0 4-4 4; Evan Kessler 5 2-4 16; Marc Snow 1 2-4 4; Carter Smith 2 1-2 5; Ryan Jones 4 1-2 9; Matt Critelli 1 0-1 2; Nich Melchiore 1 2-3 5. Totals: 14 12-20 45.
LITTLE FALLS (2-0) — Sam Yallowitz 2 1-3 5; Mitchell Baumeister 5 3-6 16; Theo Wind 3 2-5 8; Todd Hubbell 2 2-2 7; Brian Ewanyk 3 2-4 8; Rahmere Greene 4 3-9 11. Totals: 19 13-29 55.
Page 2 of 2 - Camden 11 11 11 12 — 45
Little Falls 16 15 9 15 — 55
Three-pointers — Camden 5 (Kessler 4, Melchiore 1); Little Falls 4 (Baumeister 3, Hubbell 1). JV — Little Falls 60, Camden 38.