The Hampden Academy boys and Lawrence High School girls advanced to the Class A state title game with wins Saturday at the Augusta Civic Center.

Hampden Runs Away From Lewiston To Claim EM Boys Title

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The Hampden Academy Broncos claimed their fourth consecutive Eastern Maine title with a 65-57 win over the Lewiston Blue Devils at the Augusta Civic Center Saturday.

The Broncos withstood a 14-0 Lewiston run after halftime, answering it with a 13-0 run of their own, and pulling away in the fourth quarter behind junior guard Nick Gilpin, who helped salt away the victory by going 8 for 9 from the foul line in the fourth quarter.

Gilpin finished with 23 points leading the Broncos, who will return to the state championship on Saturday at the Augusta Civic Center.

Hampden led by one point after halftime, but was down by double digits after that 13-0 Lewiston run.

“When we were down, we could have folded, but we went out and got it,” Hampden coach Russ Bartlett said after the game.

The Broncos collected themselves and chipped away at the Blue Devils’ lead, overtaking Lewiston in the fourth quarter. Lewiston was able to make it a one possession game inside of three minutes, but was forced to send Hampden to the line late in the game.

For Hampden, Ian McIntyre had 17 points. Connor Moore had 10 points and Jake Black added 8 points, including two key 3-pointers that helped swing the momentum in the Broncos' favor.

Isaiah Harris led the Blue Devils with 19 points. Trever Irish and Tykeem Gaines each had 12 points and Ryan Bell had 10 for Lewiston.

Lawrence Edges Tough Bangor Team To Advance

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The Lawrence Bulldogs girls took the lead in the third quarter and never gave it back on their way to a 46-42 Eastern Maine championship win over the Bangor Rams at the Augusta Civic Center on Saturday.

Bangor was able to tie the game at 42-42 on a Sarah Bragg 3-pointer with 28 seconds to go, but 10 seconds later was answered by another 3-pointer from Lawrence’s Dominique Lewis, who had five 3-pointers in the game and finished with 16 points.

It promised to be a close game, and it was. The teams had split their regular season games and came in with identical 19-1 records.

Besides Lewis, Lawrence was aided by 10 points from Nia Irving and Morgan Boudreau had 7 points.

Bragg led Bangor with 14 points. Mary Butler had 10 points, Cordelia Stewart had 9, and sophomore Katie Butler had 7 points.

It was the first regional title for the Bulldogs since 1994, when Cindy Blodgett last led the team to a title. With the win Lawrence earns a bid in the state championship game at 7 p.m. on Saturday at the Augusta Civic Center.