Maine High School Basketball Tournament 2017: State Championship Results
Class C: GSA Repeats On (Near) Buzzer-Beater [BOYS]
The final game of the day proved to be the most competitive and came down to the final second when Jared Chase hit the game-winning three with 1.2 seconds left on the clock, lifting the Eagles to a 49-46 win over Winthrop.
Chase came through with a clutch performance for the Eagles, scoring all 15 of his points from 3-point land.
With 18 seconds remaining in the game, GSA's, Taylor Schildroth, tipped Winthrop's inbound pass off the inbouding player, causing a turnover to set up the eventual winning-possession for the Eagles.
Winthrop held a 46-44 lead with under a minute to play before GSA scored the game's final five points.
Jacob Hickey led the Ramblers with 13 points in the losing effort. For Winthrop, their only loss of the season comes in their final game.
GSA scores their second consecutive gold ball and finishes the year at a perfect 22-0.
Class C: Monmouth Joins the Gold Club [GIRLS]
Monmouth used a dominating fourth quarter showing to win their first ever basketball state championship, beating Dexter, 46-35.
The Mustangs outscored Dexter, 16-8, in the final quarter after there was no clear separation between the sides through three quarters of play.
Tia Day shined in the victory for Monmouth, scoring 13 points, while Abby Allen recorded a team-high 16.
Meghan Peach led the way for Dexter in the losing effort with 20 points.
As the #5 seed in Class C North, The Dexter Tigers were the lowest-seeded girls' team playing on championship Saturday.
Monmouth caps their first-ever championship year with a record of 19-3.
Class D: Machias Ends Drought, Knocks Off Greenville [BOYS]
After a back and forth contest for the first half, Machias pulled away down the stretch for a 51-39 win over Greenville, Saturday afternoon at the Cross Insurance Center.
Gohn Massaab led the way with 19 points for the Bulldogs, who avenged their lone loss on the season, which came at the hands of Greenville on January 21st.
Nick Foley scored 19 points for the Lakers, as their season comes to a conclusion with a record of 20-2.
For Machias, their gold ball run included wins over Bangor Christian, Easton and Southern Aroostook before hoisting the trophy on Saturday afternoon. Machias' season finishes with just a single blemish, at 21-1.
CLASS D: Vinalhaven Downs Shead to Capture Gold Ball [GIRLS]
Before the game, coach, Sandy Nelson said the ferry back to the island was waiting at the port an extra two hours for her team. Now, the Vikings will board the boat as state champions, after Vinalhaven earned a 55-44 victory over the Shead Tigers.
Vinalhaven pulled off a buzzer-to-buzzer win, leading 11-5 after the first quarter and extending their lead throughout the rest of the contest.
Gillyanne Davis-Oakes led the way for the Vinalhaven girls with a game-high, 26 points.
Holly Preston chipped in with 22 points in the losing effort for the Tigers.
Shead defeated Ashland, Washburn and Southern Aroostook before falling in Saturday's state game. The Tiger's season wraps up at 19-3.
Vinalhaven's championship year finishes with 18 wins and one gold ball.
The MDI Trojans began the game on a 10-0 run, and apart from a second quarter Wells' surge, cruised to their first state basketball championship since 1965, defeating Wells, 59-39, for the Class B crown.
Mount Desert won a Class C title 52 years ago before the island schools consolidated.
Trailing 13-5 after one quarter of play, Wells got within six points of the Trojans, at 17-11 midway through the second quarter before MDI responded, widening the gap to 27-15 by halftime.
The Trojans then came out firing to begin the second half, opening up a 20-point third quarter lead which they easily maintained throughout the rest of the contest.
Andrew Phelps led the way for the Trojans with 16 points, while Graham Good also added 15 for MDI. >>GO TO STORY>>
The Houlton Shiretowners came up short in their bid for a third straight state title Friday night, falling to a Gray-New Gloucester team driven to avenge its loss in last year's state finals.
The Patriots dominated the offensive glass, often getting two or three shots at the basket on their way to a 35-31 win and a Class B state championship, the school's first-ever girls' state basketball title.
Houlton was able to cut the lead to two points late in the game, but Gray-New Gloucester Sophomore Briana Jordan sealed the win with two key free throws in the final seconds to make it a two-possession game. >>GO TO STORY>>
Friday, March 3, 2017
Augusta Civic Center, Augusta
CLASS B FINALS
Gray-New Gloucester 35 def. Houlton 31 [GIRLS]
Mt. Desert Island 59 def. Wells 39 [BOYS]
Saturday, March 4, 2017
Augusta Civic Center, Augusta
CLASS A FINALS
Messalonskee 58 def. Brunswick 33 [GIRLS]
Greely 59 def. Messalonskee 43 [BOYS]
CLASS AA FINALS
Gorham 45 def. Oxford Hills 31 [GIRLS]
Portland 60 def. South Portland 38 [BOYS]
Cross Insurance Center, Bangor
CLASS D FINALS
Vinalhaven 55 def. Shead 44 [GIRLS]
Machias 51 def. Greenville 39 [BOYS]
CLASS C FINALS
Monmouth Academy 46 def. Dexter 34 [GIRLS]
George Stevens 49 def. Winthrop 46 [BOYS]