Maine High School Basketball Tournament: Eastern Maine Class A Finals, Class C Semis
Hampden Stays Perfect, Dispatches Oxford Hills for East Crown
Hampden Academy senior forward Zach Gilpin finished with 38 points in a convincing 82-54 win over Oxford Hills in Friday night's Eastern Maine championship game at the Augusta Civic Center.
The win gave the Broncos three straight Eastern Maine titles and extended their unbeaten streak to 43 games.
Hampden had little trouble with Oxford Hills, despite the Vikings giving them a tough contest during the regular season. Hampden led by 24 points at halftime after going on a 26-1 run in the second quarter.
Zach Gilpin was named player of the game.
Oxford Hills standout sophomore Andrew Fleming fouled out late in the third quarter with 11 points. Luke Davidson finished with 12.
The Broncos will play next Saturday for the state title at the Cumberland County Civic Center in Portland.
Lee Academy Boys Hold Off Late Charge from Calais Blue Devils
Before Friday's Class C semifinal match-up against Lee Academy, the Calais Blue Devils had come back to win twice against the Pandas during the regular season.
A third comeback wasn't to be on Friday.
Although the Blue Devils were able to force overtime at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor, Lee Academy hit key shots in the extra session and came away with a 61-57 win.
For the Pandas, 6'6" senior forward Cherif Fall finished with 18 points and gave the Pandas a dominant defensive presence around the rim.
"It feels very good," said Fall, who was named player of the game.
Jay Chen scored 15 for Lee Academy and Frank Tsoungui added 13.
Junior guard Kyle Johnson led Calais with 13 points before fouling out. Nathan Newell and Tyler Niles each had 12 for the Blue Devils.
Calais had won the two regular season meetings with the Pandas, the first, 57-51 in overtime in Calais and the second, 60-44 at Lee Academy.
Houlton Stays Undefeated, Outlasts Defending Champion Penquis
The Houlton boys punched their ticket to the Eastern Maine finals on Saturday with a 60-44 win over the defending Class C state champion Penquis Valley Patriots.
Kyle Bouchard led the way for the undefeated Shiretowners with 20 points, and earned player of the game honors. Senior guard Nick Guoid had 14 points.
Trevor Lyford of Penquis finished his impressive high school career with a 23-point effort in the loss.
Houlton will play Lee Academy at 8:45 p.m. on Saturday at the Cross Insurance Center for the Eastern Maine Class C championship.
Orono Red Riots Advance to EM Finals with Win Over Mattanawcook
The Orono Red Riots girls advanced to the Eastern Maine finals on Friday with a 47-31 win over Mattanawcook Academy of Lincoln.
Sophomore point guard Hannah Clement scored 14 points and earned player of the game honors. She went 8 for 11 from the line including 3 for 4 late in the fourth quarter. Senior Elea Kass scored 10 points and junior center Katie Sypher had 9.
For the young Mattanawcook team, freshman center Sydney Robertson scored 10 points.
The win gave Orono the rubber match in the season series. Each team had won one regular season game.
Eastern Class C Semifinals at Cross Insurance Center, Bangor
#3 Lee Academy 61, #2 Calais 57 [BOYS]* OT
#1 Houlton 60 #5 Penquis 44 [BOYS]*
#2 Orono 47 #6 Mattanawcook 31 [GIRLS]*
#1 Calais 53 #5 Houlton 29 [GIRLS]
Eastern Class A Finals at Augusta Civic Center
#3 Oxford Hills 54, #1 Edward Little 34 [GIRLS]
#1 Hampden Academy 82 #6 Oxford Hills 54 [BOYS]*
Western Class A Semifinals at Cumberland County C.C.
#1 McAuley 70 #4 Portland 38 [GIRLS]
#7 Windham 41 #6 Cheverus 36 [GIRLS]