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Maine High School Basketball Tournament Saturday Scores + Highlights

Monty Rand (1,4) Skip Hawkes (2), Walter Churchill (3)

Presque Isle Looks Tough Against Gardiner, Stays Unbeaten [GIRLS]

After witnessing the Hermon boys upset top-seed Oceanside Saturday afternoon, the No. 1 seed Presque Isle girls team weren’t taking any chances, and built a big lead against No. 8 Gardiner in their quarterfinal match-up.

By the end of the third period, Presque Isle was up 52-27, and when the buzzer sounded, the Wildcats walked away with a 67-42 win.

Hannah Graham and Krystal Kingsbury were named co-players of the game.

Presque Isle now has won 63 games in a row, and is looking to win its third title in as many years. But first, the Wildcats will have to get past a Foxcroft Academy team who gave them all they could handle in their most recent match-up.

Bangor Rams and Oxford Hills Battle in Augusta [BOYS]

The No. 3 Bangor Rams (13-5)  started off 3-4 from beyond the arc in their Eastern Maine Class quarterfinal match-up against No. 6 Oxford Hills (11-7) at the Augusta Civic Center on Saturday afternoon.

While Bangor was able to build a 26-20 at the half, foul trouble contributed to a rough second half for the Rams who ended up losing 44-41. Bangor did cut the lead to 3 with just 26 seconds left after Xavier Lewis hit a 3-pointer and scored again on a turnover.

Andy Fleming led Oxford Hills with 24 points, and was named player of the game.

Bangor and Oxford Hills had met once during the season, with Bangor earning a 51-49 win in South Paris in January.

Nokomis Warriors Outpace John Bapst Crusaders [GIRLS]

The Noklomis Warriors got off to a fast start in the first game of the Saturday session, and didn’t let up, defeating the John Bapst Crusaders 42-22.

Senior Taylor Shaw finished with 19 points for Nokomis.

Nokomis leaves the game at 19-0, and the second seed in the Eastern Maine Class B girls bracket. The Warriors have reached the Eastern Maine finals in the past two years, but have lost to Presque Isle, who sits atop the bracket. The Wildcats play at 4:35 p.m.

First, however, the Warriors will have to get through the MDI Trojans in the semi-finals on Wednesday. MDI defeated Ellsworth Friday night.

Caribou Vikings Hold Off Winslow Black Raiders, 63-61 [BOYS] [BOX SCORE]

No. 4 Caribou and tough No. 5 Winslow shot out the Cross Center lights in the second game of the Saturday session, but when the final buzzer sounded, the Vikings held on for the 63-61 win.

The game was tied at 61 with 4 seconds left, when Caribou’s Donovan Savage sunk two free throws to put the Vikings in the lead for good. Donovan Savage finished with 16. Dayne Savage finished with 18.

There were more than a dozen lead changes in the game. Caribou will now take on the winner of the 3:05 p.m. match-up between Oceanside and Hermon.

Here’s what the rest of Saturday’s tournament schedule looks like:

Cross Insurance Center

Class B East Girls

Foxcroft Academy Ponies 33, Waterville Purple Panthers 20
Presque Isle Wildcats 67, Gardiner Tigers 42

Class B East Boys

#8 Hermon Hawks 66, #1 Oceanside Mariners 63 OT

Class D East Boys

Hodgdon Hawks 57, Fort Fairfiled Tigers 42
Easton Bulldogs 41, Bangor Christian Patriots 37

Augusta Civic Center

Class D West Boys

#6 North Haven 42, #3 Greenville 36
#2 Hyde 69, #7 Seacoast 35
#4 Valley 70, #5 North Yarmouth, 47
#1 Forest Hills 60, # 8 Vinalhaven 45

Class A East Boys

#6 Oxford Hills 44, #3 Bangor 41
#2 Brunswick 72, Mt. Ararat 54
#4-Messalonskee vs #5-Edward Little, ppd. to 8:30 a.m. Monday
#1-Hampden Academy vs #8-Lewiston, ppd. to 1 p.m. Monday*

Portland Expo

Class B West Boys

#6 Poland 77, #3 Spruce Mtn. 69
#2 Morse 63 #7 Lake Region 61 3OT
#4 Yarmouth 45, #5 Cape Elizabeth 43
#1 Greely 41, #8 York 38

Class A West Boys

#3 Bonny Eagle v. #6 Sanford, ppd. until 10 a.m. Saturday
#2 Falmouth v. #7 Cheverus, ppd. until 11:30 a.m. Saturday

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