The Brewer Witches survived a second half rally by the Skowhegan Indians and escaped with a 49-44 win on Wednesday night at Brewer High School.

Brewer started hot, with Brandon Glidden, Cameron Monroe and Aaron Newcomb each knocking down a triple in the first quarter. They continued to shoot the ball well in the second-half, building a 31-20 lead at the break.

Skowhegan's Marcus Christopher took over the game as the Witches cooled off in the third quarter. The 6-4 senior scored 17 of his game-high 26 points in the second half.

The Indians continued to feed Christopher the ball in the low post throughout the second half. If he wasn't scoring at the basket, he was getting to the free throw line, as seven of his second half points came at the charity stripe.

Skowhegan slowly chipped away at Brewer's lead, cutting the deficit to just two points in the fourth quarter. After that, the Indians' offense stalled and defensive miscues killed their comeback attempt.

On three separate occasions the Indians left a man open while defending an inbounds pass. Two of those mistakes led to fast-break points and allowed the Witches to ice the game.

Newcomb led Brewer with 11 points while Colby Smith added 10 and Glidden and Monroe each scored 9 for the Witches.

The Witches snapped a five-game loosing streak, winning their first game since opening-night, when they defeated Nokomis 59-34.

The Indians, last season's three seed in the Class A North tournament, lost for the fourth consecutive time and fell to 2-5.

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