Jeff Tuttle, Townsquare Media Bangor

The first gold basketballs of the 2016 high school tournament will be handed out tonight as the Class B schools get together at the Cross Center in Bangor.Peter Austin's Ellsworth team will try to win its first state championship since 1966 as they put their 17-4 record up against the South champions from Lake Region High School in the 9pm game.

The Eagles were led in the regional tournament by senior center Bruce St. Peter and junior point guard Bryce Harmon.

Lake Region brings a veteran team to Bangor with a record of 19-2 on the season.

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The first game of the night will have the 20-1 Houlton Shiretowners facing the 17-4 Gray-New Gloucester Patriots.

Houlton will try to win back-to-back state championships after claiming the gold ball last year in Class C. The Shires did not take their foot off the pedal after moving up to Class B this season thanks to a talented group of underclassmen.

Sophomore Kolleen Bouchard is the go to player for the Shires and scored 64 points in their three games in the regional tournament.

The Patriots were the number two seed in the South and are looking for the first gold ball in school history.

You can hear live coverage of the games tonight starting at 7pm on Sports Radio 92.9 The Ticket, and on our free mobile app form Radio Pup.