Eastern Maine Basketball Tournament Monday Roundup: Easton Upsets Jonesport-Beals
The second full day of the Maine Principals’ Association Basketball Tournament featured teams from Aroostook and Washington counties traveling to the Bangor Auditorium for Class D quarter-final action.
Easton Knocks Off The Undefeated, Defending Champions Jonesport-Beals
There will officially be a new Eastern Maine Class D Boys Champion as the number eight seed Easton Bears upset the number one seed Jonesport-Beals Royals with a final of 55-53. The Royals got into some major foul trouble in the first half and that provided an opening for the Bear to take a lead, and sure enough they had a six point lead at the break. Logan Halverson and Hunter Turner lead their team with great play holding onto that six point lead going into the fourth quarter. Garrett Beal for did all he could for the Royals as he ended up with 38 points in the game, but ended up on the short end of the stick. Jared Hafford hit four clutch free throws with under thirty seconds to go to fight off the comeback attempt by Jonesport-Beals. Hafford ended with 13 points, Halverson had 12, but the McDonalds MVP of the game was no doubt Hunter Turner with 22 points on eight of eleven shooting. The Bears will regroup for Thursday Class D Semi-Finals game against Hodgdon.
Hodgdon Edges Out Deer Isle-Stonington 46-42
It was a tightly matched contest as most people expect with a number four seed squaring off against a number five seed. The Deer Isle-Stonington Mariners had a slight advantage at the break. Sam Grindle put in three of the team’s five three-pointers in the first half. He had 11 points at the break and would finish with 16 in the game. Hodgdon was battling throughout and the inside presence of Josh Hudson and Nick Lunn opened up the floor for Tyler Sherman and Chris Hudson to operate. It was the Hodgdon Hawks defense down the stretch, that provided an opportunity to win the game. Tied at 42, the Hawks found an unlikely hero in Devon Logie as he finished the play on the weak side block to put the Hawks up two. The Mariners tried to foul at the end of the game, but Sherman was able to dribble around the defenders and eventually locate Chris Hudson under the basket as he put in the dagger as time expires. Chris Hudson finished the game with 20 points as the Hawks move onto the Class D Semi-Finals game on Thursday as they face the number eight seed Easton.
Washburn Girls Continue Winning Ways
The Washburn HS girls remained unbeaten, proving why they are the top seed in Class D following a 65-44 win over Limestone. It was a ballanced attack for the Washburn Beavers as 4 players scored in double digits, lead by Mackenzie Worcester with 14 points, 8 coming in the 1st quarter alone. Washburn will take on Machias HS in the semi-finals on Thursday afternoon at 3:35pm.
Machias Girls Advance to Class D Semifinals
Kate Whitney dropped 20 points as the Bulldogs of Machias Memorial High School knocked off the 4th seeded Fort Fairfield Tigers 53-49. Whitney hit four 3-pointers to help overcome a 2nd quarter that saw Machias only score 4 points. Leading the way for Fort Fairfield was Senior Sydney Churchill hitting five 3-pointers, just one shy of a class D single game record.
Washburn Boys Hold Off Bangor Christian in Thriller
The second-seed Wahsburn Beavers held off Bangor Christian Patriots 70-69 in a Class D boys quarter final thriller at the Bangor Auditorium. Washburn’s Mitch Worcester scored 36 in the win and earned McDonald’s MVP honors.
Central Aroostook Cruises by Katahdin 67-54
Here are the rest of Monday’s games and a link to updated tourney brackets.
Class A girls
Cheverus 31, Sanford 26
Deering 33, Thornton Academy 25
Scarborough 45, South Portland 32
McAuley 46, Gorham 31
Class D girls
Hyde 48, Valley 28
Richmond 70, Greenville 38
Class C boys
Dirigo 50, Old Orchard Beach 47
Waynflete 78, Monmouth Academy 47
Madison 50, Hall- Dale 48
Boothbay 67, Wiscasset 43