Maine High School Basketball Tournament Saturday Scores + Highlights
The Cross Insurance Center in Bangor played host to two major upsets Saturday in the Class B quarterfinal round. Meanwhile, in Augusta, the defending Eastern Maine Class A champion Hampden Academy Broncos continued their winning ways.
Hamdpen Broncos Trample Brunswick in Class A Quarterfinals
Nick Gilpin scored 20 points in leading the Hampden Broncos over the Brunswick Dragons in a Class A Boys quarterfinal match-up Saturday night at the Augusta Civic Center.
Hampden, the defending Eastern Maine champions and No. 2 seed in the 2015 tournament, defeated the Dragons 63-46.
Jake Black added 15 for Hampden. Todd Hanson led the Dragons with 10 points.
Hampden will paly No. 3 Messalonskee in the semifinals at 7 p.m. on Wed., Feb. 17 at the Augusta Civic Center.
Hampden defeated Messalonskee twice this season, but both games were very close.
Gardiner Girls Return Favor, Upset Top-Seeded MDI Trojans
The Gardiner Tigers girls shocked the top-seeded MDI Trojans Saturday afternoon, leading from start to finish and coming away with a 62-50 win.
It was the upset of the tournament thus far with the Tigers spoiling MDI's perfect record, and coming immediately after the underdog MDI boys team upended the No. 4 Gardiner boys on the Cross Center floor.
The Gardiner girls, who came in to the tournament as the No. 9 seed at 8-11, started the game with a 14-4 run. It seemed MDI had settled down, though, closing the gap to 14-13 at the end of the first quarter, but Gardiner pulled away from the Trojans, leading 27-21 at the half and extending that lead to 20 points with two minutes left in the third quarter.
The Tigers had little trouble with the MDI pressure, routinely breaking the press and coming away with easy shots in the second half.
MDI was able to close the gap to 9 points with two minutes left, but was unable to complete the comeback despite forcing several turnovers in the late stages of the game.
Morgan Carver led the Tigers with 23 points and was named the McDonald's Player of the Game. Logan Granholm added 15 for the Tigers. Mary Tolman scored 12.
For MDI, Kelsey Shaw scored 20 points before fouling out. Sarah Phelps added 9 points in the loss.
Gardiner will play Camden Hills in the semifinal round at 3:35 p.m. on Wed., Feb. 18.
Energized MDI Boys Upset Gardiner Tigers
In the first game of the afternoon session at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor, the MDI Trojans boys upset Gardiner Tigers 57-53 in quarterfinal action.
The Trojans came into the tournament as the No. 12 seed, advancing to the quarterfinals after winning a peliminary contest against their arch-rival Ellsworth Eagles. It was tight game on Saturday against the No. 4 Gardiner Tigers, who came into the game with a 14-5 record.
The Trojans, who came in with just six wins, proved too much for the Tigers, with freshman Andrew Phelps hitting two key shots in the final two minutes.
Riley Swanson led the Trojans with 17 points and both Aaron Snurkowski and Russell Kropff added 10 points.
Kropff was named McDonald's Player of the Game, scoring all 10 of his points in the second half and 8 of those in the fourth quarter.
For the Tigers, Seth MCFarland had 18 points and Elijah Fish added 13.
The late games in Augusta (including the Edward Little-Brewer boys game) have been postponed. Please see the revised schedule below.
Cross Insurance Center, Bangor
Eastern Class B Quarterfinals
#2-Winslow 46 def. #7-Oceanside 40, [BOYS]
#4-Camden Hills 49 #5-Oceanside 45 [GIRLS]
#12-Mt. Desert Island 57 def. #4-Gardiner 53 [BOYS]
#9-Gardiner 62 def. #1-Mt. Desert Island 50 [GIRLS]
#1-Medomak Valley 60 def. #8-MCI 39, [BOYS]
Eastern Class D Quarterfinals
#3-Fort Fairfield 54 def. #6-East Grand 29 [GIRLS]
#7-Van Buren 43 def. #2-Shead 30 [GIRLS]
Western Class B Quarterfinals
#6-Lincoln Academy 53 def. #3-Morse 48 [BOYS]
#2-Cape Elizabeth 68 def.. #7-Greely 51, [BOYS]
#4-Lake Region 41 def. #5-Spruce Mountain 37 [BOYS]
#1-Yarmouth 79 def. #9-Gray-New Gloucester 48 [BOYS]
Augusta Civic Center
Western Class D Quarterfinals
#3-Hyde 64 def. #6-Searsport 41 [BOYS]
#2-Valley 73 def. #7-Vinalhaven 49, [BOYS]
#4-Seacoast Christian 49 def. #5-Richmond 39, [BOYS]
#1-Forest Hills 79 def. #9-North Yarmouth Academy 48, [BOYS]
Eastern Class A Quarterfinals
#3-Messalonskee 58 def. #6-Oxford Hills 42 [BOYS]
#2-Hampden Academy 63 def. #7-Brunswick 46 [BOYS]
#4-Lewiston (11-7) vs. #5-Cony (11-7), [BOYS] 8 p.m. [POSTPONED to 10 a.m. Monday]
#1-Edward Little (17-1) vs. #8-Brewer (8-11), [BOYS] 9:30 p.m. [POSTPONED to 11:30 a.m. Monday]