Machias Survives Upset-Minded Bangor Christian [BOYS]

The Bulldogs and Patriots went back and forth for 30 minutes before Machias gained some breathing room in the game's final minutes to win 49-44 at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor.

Bangor Christian raced out to an 18-7 lead early in the second quarter, before Machias battled back to take a 24-20 lead into the intermission.

The two sides remained tightly contested throughout the second half, until the Bulldogs opened up a nine point lead with just over a minute to play.

Jacob Godfrey led Machias with 16 points, while James Mersereau added 14 points for the second-seeded Bulldogs.

Machias is through to the Class D semi-finals, where they'll face Easton on Thursday at 2:05 p.m. in a #2 vs. #3 match-up.

Easton Cruises Past Wisdom [BOYS]

No stranger to playing in Bangor, the Easton boys fed off that experience as they knocked off No. 6 Wisdom, 55-34, at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor,

Easton held Wisdom to just two points in the first quarter before building a double-digit lead in the second which they would not relinquish the rest of the way.

Jacob Flewelling earned McDonald's Player of the Game honors by scoring a game-high 19 points, while Jordan White chipped in with 14 points for Easton.

Jack Guerrette had 17 points in the losing effort for Wisdom, while Codey Cyr also notched 10 second-half points.

Easton now advances to face Machias, with that Class D semi-final to take place Thursday (2/23) at 2:05 p.m.

Houlton Holds Off Mount Desert Island Trojans [GIRLS]

MDI gave the top-ranked Houlton scare Saturday afternoon, but, ultimately, the Shiretowners held on for a quarterfinal victory at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor.

The Trojans started slow, scoring only four points in the first quarter and trailing 22-12 at the half. But MDI  turned up the pressure in the second half and closed the gap to a single point in the fourth quarter.

However, with two minutes left in the game, the Shiretowners (18-1) made some key baskets to rebuild the lead, and No. 8 MDI was unable to close the gap, falling to the defending state champions 47-39. [FULL STORY]

Top-Seed Hermon Holds On Against Washington Academy [BOYS]

The top-seed Hermon Hawks had all they could handle from the No. 9 seed Washington Academy Raiders in the final boys quarterfinal at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor.

The Raiders earned an invitation to the tournament after winning a prelim game. But they controlled much of the quarterfinal match-up with Hermon before the Hawks were finally able to pull ahead in the final minutes and edge out the Raiders 55-51.

Isaac Varney led the Hawks with 25 points, including tow key free throws with three seconds left to make it a two-possession contest. Varney was named player of the game.

Hermon Hawks Edge Winslow Black Raiders [GIRLS]

In a game with no fewer than 18 lead changes, the No. 4 Hermon Hawks outlasted the No. 5 Winslow Black Raiders in a quarterfinal match-up Saturday afternoon in Bangor.

Hermon (15-4) advances to a semifinal appearance after its 35-33 victory over the Black Raiders, who end the season at 17-3.

Emi Higgins scored 13 points for Hermon. Alex Allain and Madisyn Curtis each added 7. [FULL STORY]

Orono Red Riots Defeat Presque Isle In Tough Contest [BOYS]

Orono and Presque Isle were both riding long winning streaks heading into Saturday’s quarterfinal match-up at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor. One of them had to end.

The No. 4 Red Riots and No. 5 Wildcats had nine-game and eight-game streaks, respectively. But when the buzzer sounded, Orono came away with its tenth straight victory, a 54-46 win over a tough Presque Isle team.

Senior guard Nate Desisto led the Red Riots with 23 points. Orono improves to 15-4 with the win. [FULL STORY]

The Presque Isle Wildcats edged out the John Bapst Crusaders Saturday morning in a Class B North quarterfinal match-up at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor.

No. 2 Presque Isle (15-4) hung on for the 37-36 win after Bapst (12-8) was forced to foul in the final seconds of the contest.

Emily Wheaton, who averages 20 points a game for the Wildcats, left the game with an ankle injury in the fourth quarter. Wheaton finished with nine points before the injury. She was named player of the game. [FULL STORY]

Here's the full Saturday schedule:

Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017

Cross Insurance Center, Bangor

No. 2 Presque Isle 37 def. No. 7 John Bapst 36 [GIRLS]
No. 4 Orono 54 def. No. 5 Presque Isle 46 [BOYS]
No. 4 Hermon 35 def. No. 5 Winslow 33 [GIRLS]
No. 1 Hermon 55 def. No. 8 Washington 51 [BOYS]
No. 1 Houlton 47 def. No. 8 MDI 39 [GIRLS]

No. 3 Easton 55 def. No. 6 Wisdom 34 [BOYS]
No. 2 Machias 49 def. No. 7 Bangor Christian 44 [BOYS]

Augusta Civic Center, Augusta

No. 3 Valley 73 def. No. 6 Vinalhaven 50 [BOYS]
No. 2 Gould 76 def. No. 7 Temple 63 [BOYS}

No. 3 Oceanside 53 def. No. 6 Nokomis 49 [BOYS]
No. 7 Cony 60 def. No. 2 Hampden 48  [BOYS]
No. 5 Messalonskee 53 def. No. 4 Gardiner 46 [BOYS]
No. 8 Skowhegan 54 def. No. 1 Medomak 53 [BOYS]

Portland Expo, Portland

No. 3 Wells 44 def. No. 6 Maranacook 29 [BOYS]
No. 2 Spruce Mountain 88 def. No. 7 Lisbon 66 [BOYS]
No. 4 Oak Hill 59 def. No. 5 Lincoln 46 [BOYS]
No. 1 Yarmouth 71 def. No. 9 Gray-NG 44 [BOYS]

No. 3 Cape Elizabeth 50 def. No. 6 Brunswick 49 [BOYS]
No. 2 Falmouth 48 def. No. 7 Biddeford 34 [BOYS]

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