Eastern Maine High School Basketball Tourney Friday Roundup
The Hampden Academy boys and Bangor girls vie for Eastern Maine championships Friday night at the Augusta Civic Center. Here’s the roundup for Friday’s games and a link to updated brackets:
Hampden Academy Wins Eastern Maine Title in Dramatic Fashion
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The chatter around Bangor is that Friday night’s game winner shot by Nick Gilpin rates just as good as Joe Campbell’s tip-in back in 2001. The score was tight throughout the entire game, but the feel of the game was that Lawrence was in complete control and they were until the final 4 seconds. Spencer Carey for Lawrence was having an explosive game offensively and it seemed that whatever he threw up was going in. He finished with 18 points. The main storyline was clearly the final seconds of the game. Having the game tied at 37, Xavier Lewis drove down the left side of the lane, drew the contact and buried the fadeaway jumper putting his team up two. At the line, Lewis left his free throw short. Zach Gilpin collected the rebound, pushed the ball forward and found little brother, Nick Gilpin, on the left side just over the halfcourt line and he just threw it up and banked it home. Hampden won it by one as the time expired. The Hampden boys knew they got lucky, but sometimes it’s better to be lucky than good. The Broncos stay perfect on the season as they squeak out a win, 40-39.
Bangor Girls Win Their First EM Championship Since 1982
The Bangor Rams would not be denied in their title run as they cruise past Cony 57-43. Bangor got off to a hot start in the beginning of the first leading 12-2 with Cordelia Stewart putting in six points. Cony bounced back and brought it within four point after the first thanks to Bayleigh Logan’s 6 points. Bangor’s Mary Butler picked up her third foul early in the second quarter, but that didn’t slow the Rams down. The freshman Sarah Bragg and the sophomore Cordelia Stewart carried the load and pushed Bangor’s lead to 15 at the half. Cony didn’t get enough help offensively as Josie Lee and Bayleigh Logan were the only players in double-digits. Butler and Stewart would own the boards in the second half as they cruised to a 14 point win and their first Eastern Maine Championship in 31 years.
Calais Girls Remain Unbeaten, Earn Trip to EM Title Game
It was two Sophomores that propelled the Calais Blue Devils to Championship Saturday following a 46-45 win over the Mattanawcook Academy Lynx. Madison McVicar lead Calais with 13 points, and Kaylee Johnson had 9 points, including the all important game winning free-throw to keep their unbeaten dreams alive. It was the second straight 1-point win for Calais, following a 55-54 win over #8 seeded Naraguagus in their quarterfinal matchup. Calais plays the Orono Red Riots Saturday night at 7 pm for the Eastern Maine Class C girls’ title.
Third Time’s the Charm For Orono Girls against Dexter
The Orono Red Riots were 0 for 2 during the regular season against the Dexter Tigers, but finally figured the Tigers out when it mattered most, in the Eastern Maine class C semi-finals, 40-31. It was the first loss of the season for the previously unbeaten Tigers, and for Orono, the win was a full team effort. They were without their top player, and Miss Maine Basketball semi-finalist, Jillian Woodward as she battled early foul trouble, but they received excellent games from players like leading scorer Katie Sypher (11 points), Hannah Clement, and Elea Kass.
Class C boys
Penquis 45, Dexter 23
Houlton 51, Calais 37
Here’s the Western Maine results for Friday:
Class A girls
McAuley 47, Scarborough 38
Cheverus 33, Deering 31