Hampden Academy is one win away from winning another gold ball this winter after the unified team won the first ever Eastern Maine Championship 44-36 over Oceanside.As a result of the win, the Broncos will now play for the state championship and a gold ball Thursday against Lisbon. The game will tip-off at 6pm from Lewiston High School/

This is the first year of this division of basketball and is sponsored by the  Maine Principals Association as a varsity sport. Unified teams are co-ed with the majority of its team made up of students with developmental disabilities, and a few without disabilities. In this first season 18 schools participated, a number that will likely swell to nearly 40 next season according to MPA Executive Director Dick Durost.

Below are photos from the Eastern Maine title game.

Hampden's Isaiah Palmer drives to the basket

 

Kenneth Brewer-Frazee makes a pass

 

 

Jump shot for the Broncos

 

 

Zachary Ewing on a fastbreak