Down Goes #1

The Oceanside Mariners used a strong start and sharp shooting to upset the #1 Hampden Broncos, Wednesday night at the Augusta Civic Center.

Oceanside hit 11 threes in the game and had all five starters finish with double-digit scoring totals, as the Mariners led by 10 points after each of the first three quarters, before hanging on for the upset victory, 65-62.

Sam Atwood led his Mariners with 16 points, while Nick Mazurek scored 14 and Keenan Hendricks added 13.

Ian McIntyre did all he could to keep Hampden in the contest, scoring 24 points in the losing effort.

The loss is Hampden's first of the season, as the defending state champions --and four time defending regional champs-- become the second #1 seed to lose Wednesday night, with Old Town falling to Orono in the Class B semifinals at the Cross Insurance Center.

Hampden's season comes to an end at 19-1, while Oceanside advance to 15-5 with the win. The #5 seeded Mariners will next play #3 Medomak Valley Friday in the Class A North final.

Medomak Valley Takes Down Brewer

The #3 seeded Medomak Valley Panthers are headed to the northern Maine regional finals on Friday after defeating Brewer, 48-31, Wednesday night at the Augusta Civic Center.

The Panthers controlled the tempo throughout the night, limiting the Witches to 11 points in the first half, and after Brewer rallied to make it 29-22 after three quarters, Medomak Valley outscored the Witches, 19-9, in the fourth quarter to seal the victory.

Medomak Valley was led by Nick DePatsy, who scored a game-high 15 points, and Cameron Allaire, who added 11.

Kobe Rogerson nailed four 3-pointers and finished the game with 14 points for Brewer, while Matt Pushard and Carter Smith were held to a combined 12 points by a strong Medomak Valley defense.

Brewer’s season comes to an end with a record of 15-5, while Medomak Valley marches on after picking up their 17th win on the year.

Orono Free Throw Sinks Top-seed Old Town

Jeff Tuttle, Townsquare Media Bangor

A Jake Koffman free-throw with seconds left lifted the Orono Red Riots to a 52-51 win over rival Old Town Coyotes Wednesday night, setting up a Saturday showdown with Ellsworth for the Class B North crown.

Koffman was fouled with 3 seconds left on the clock and the game tied at 51. After missing his first free throw, he made his second, giving the Red Riots a one-point lead.

The No. 1 seed Coyotes launched a desperation shot as time expired, but it didn't find the basket.

No. 4 Orono was led by junior guard Nate Desisto with 11 points. Kameron Hiines had 8 and Imao Woldring had 7 points in the win. Koffman also had 7, the last of which lifted his team to victory.

Kaleb Gifford led the Coyotes with 13 points. Ryan Hoogterp had 10 points and Andre Miller added 8.

St. Peter Buzzer-Beater Sends Ellsworth To Northern Maine Final [VIDEO]

The Ellsworth Eagles and Caribou Vikings battled through four quarters and down to  the last second of overtime in a thriller, and at the buzzer it was the No. 2 Eagles advancing to the Northern Maine Class B finals.

The Eagles avoided the upset, winning the game 42-40 on a buzzer beater by senior center Bruce St. Peter.

Down by 40-37 points with less than 3 seconds on the clock, Ellsworth's Bryce Harmon sent the game to overtime with another buzzer-beater, a last-second three-pointer from way beyond the arc.

Nick Bagley had 14 points for Ellsworth and St. Peter finished with 10.

Hermon Hawks Girls Continue Upset Run in Class B Tourney

Kevin Bennett

The Hermon Hawks girls continued their Cinderella run through the Class B tournament on Wednesday, knocking off the No. 3 Presque Isle Wildcats to advance to the Northern Maine finals.

The No. 7 Hawks previously ousted the No. 2 MDI Trojans in the quarterfinals on their way to the semifinal match-up with the Wildcats.

On Wednesday, Hermon turned that earlier upset into confidence outplaying Presque Isle on their way to a 59-45 win.

The Hawks will face either Houlton or Winslow in the Northern Maine final on Saturday.

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Houlton Shiretowners Overpower Winslow in Class B Semifinal

Kevin Bennett

The top-ranked Houlton Shiretowners advanced to the regional finals on Wednesday with a victory over the No. 3 Winslow.

Houlton, led by sophomore standout Kolleen Bouchard, played a a balanced game and came away with a 49-38 win over the Black Raiders.

Bouchard led the Shiretowners with 23 points. Sophomore Aspen Flewelling had 11 points.

For Winslow, Heather Kervin led the way with 15 points. Winslow finishes the season at 16-4.

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Hodgdon Boys Knock Off No. 2 Fort Fairfield in Class C Quarterfinals

Kevin Bennett

In a back-and-forth battle, the Hodgdon Hawks upset the Fort Fairfield Tigers in the final Class C quarterfinal game of the tournament Wednesday afternoon.

The Hawks, who came in as the No. 7 seed, held on to a slim lead over the No. 2 Tigers, eventually coming away with a 45-38 win at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor.

Senior Jimmy Buzzell and junior Daden Palmer were able to sink some key free-throws in the final seconds to seal the deal for the Hawks, who advance to the semifinals against the Bucksport Golden Bucks

Buzzell finished with 24 points for Hodgdon. Daden Palmer added 11 points. They were named the co-McDonald’s most valuable players of the game.

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Bucksport Runs Away From Dexter To Claim Spot in C Semis

Kevin Bennett

The Bucksport Golden Bucks boys gradually pulled away from the Dexter Tigers in the first game of the day at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor to earn a spot in the Class C North semifinals.

After a slow first quarter, the Golden Bucks built their lead starting in the second quarter, eventually expanding it to double digits and finishing with a 47-28 win.

The No. 3 Golden Bucks, who start five seniors, were led by Hayden Craig scored 9 points. Austin Mason added 7 points. Tyler Pye and Riley McLeod each had 6 points.

No. 6 Dexter, which doesn't have a senior on the team, had trouble putting the ball in the hoop, scoring only 16 points in each half.

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Here's the full Wednesday schedule:

Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2016

Cross Insurance Center, Bangor

No. 3 Bucksport 47 def. No. 6 Dexter 28 [BOYS]
No. 7 Hodgdon 45 def. No. 2 Fort Fairfield 38 [BOYS]

No. 7 Hermon 59 def. No. 3 Presque Isle 45 [GIRLS]
No. 1 Houlton 49 def. No. 4 Winslow 38 [GIRLS]
No. 2 Ellsworth 42 def. No. 6 Caribou 40 [BOYS] OT
No. 4 Orono 52 def. No. 1 Old Town 51 [BOYS]

Augusta Civic Center, Augusta

No. 4 Temple 60 def. No. 5 Highview 44 [GIRLS] 8
No. 1 Rangeley 76 def. No. 8 Greater Portland 29 [GIRLS] .
No. 3 Seacoast Christian 63 def. No. 7 Islesboro 53 [BOYS]
No. 1 Valley 60 def. No. 4 Greenville 45 [BOYS]

No. 2 Messalonskee 55 def. No. 3 Gardiner 47 [GIRLS]
No. 1 Lawrence 55 def. No. 5 Hampden Academy 26 [GIRLS] .
No. 3 Medomak Valley 48 def. No. 2 Brewer 31 [BOYS]
No. 5 Oceanside 66 def. No. 1 Hampden Academy 63 [BOYS]

Cross Insurance Arena, Portland

No. 2 Greely 58 def. No. 6 Leavitt 36 [GIRLS]
No. 1 York 52 def. No. 5 Morse 43 [GIRLS]
No. 2 Falmouth 52 def. No. 3 Cape Elizabeth 49 [BOYS]
No. 4 Brunswick 65 def. No. 1 Greely 52 [BOYS]