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The best in Maine high school basketball will come together Friday night at three locations in the state to kick off the quarterfinal round of the Class A and B Maine High School Basketball Tournament.

This year marks some firsts in the rich tradition that is Tourney Time.

It's the first year with a five-class system, a change that precludes a rematch of the Class A final from 2015 in which the Hampden Academy Broncos defeated the Portland Bulldogs. Now, Hampden is in Class A and Portland is in Class AA.

Caribou Boys Slow It Down, Hold Off Washington Academy Raiders

(Jeff Tuttle, Townsquare Media Bangor)

The Caribou Vikings held off a late charge from the No. 3 Washington Academy Raiders in Class B quarterfinal action at the Cross Insurance Center on Friday night.

Caribou spread the floor for much of the second half, controlling the ball and staying in front of the Raiders, eventually finishing off WA in a 51-44 win.

The Vikings opened up a 10-point lead early in the 3rd quarter. Washington Academy was able to cut the lead to 5 points with less than a minute left, but was forced to foul in the waning seconds of the game. Senior guard Donovan Savage converted 9 of 10 free throws in the 4th quarter, sealing the win for the No. 6 Vikings.

Presque Isle Gets Rolling, Beats John Bapst

( Jeff Tuttle, Townsquare Media Bangor)

The Presque Isle Wildcats took to the floor Friday night in defense of their regional  title, taking on the No. 6 seed John Bapst Crusaders in the first Class B semifinal match-up at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor.

Presque Isle, the No. 3 seed, turned in a strong second half and came away with a 51-35 win over the Crusaders.

Bapst started strong and held a 26-16 lead at the half. Presque Isle stormed back after halftime, tying the game at 26 with 4:20 left in the 3rd, outscoring the Crusaders 22-4 in the quarter. The Wildcats then pulled away in the final quarter, outscoring Bapst 13-5 in the 4th.

Hermon Hawks Upset MDI Trojans in North Quarterfinal

(Jeff Tuttle, Townsquare Media Bangor)

The Hermon Hawks came into the Cross Insurance Center Friday and upset the No. 2 MDI Trojans in the second Class B girls quarterfinal of the night.

The young Hermon team, the No. 7 seed in the tournament, played a steady game against the Trojans, finishing off MDI in a 49-39 win.

The Trojans were without several of their key players on Friday. Senior forward Keely McConomy broke her finger in practice on Tuesday. Sierra Tapley has been out most of the year with a torn ACL, and senior Kelsey Shaw fouled out with about 3:20 minutes left to go in the contest before finishing with 13 points.

Hermon was led by junior forward Emi Higgins who played well in the paint against Shaw and finished with 15 points. Higgins was named McDonald’s Player of the Game.

Friday, Feb. 12, 2016

Cross Insurance Center, Bangor

CLASS B
Presque Isle 51 def. John Bapst 35 [GIRLS]
Hermon 49 def. MDI 39 [GIRLS]
Caribou 51 def. Washington Academy 44 [BOYS]

Augusta Civic Center, Augusta

CLASS A
Hampden 42 def. Nokomis 40 [GIRLS]
Lawrence 63 def. vs. Skowhegan 42 [GIRLS]

Portland Expo, Portland

CLASS A
Brunswick 61 def. Mt. Ararat 52 [BOYS]
Greely 63 def. Marshwood 50 [BOYS]