Tourney Thriller Still Motivating Ellsworth & Caribou [VIDEO]
The Cross Insurance Center hosted one of the best nights of basketball in recent memory on February 17th, 2016. Orono upset top seeded Old Town that night, while Ellsworth and Caribou played a game that few Eagles’ fans would forget.
Bryce Harmon hit a half-court shot to end regulation to keep the hopes alive for Ellsworth, while Bruce St. Peter knocked down a jumper in the waning seconds of overtime to send the Eagles to the North Region Championship with a 42-40 win.
Ellsworth would go on to take its first regional title since 1988 after besting Orono in the championship game. It was a moment that Harmon, who now enters his senior season in 2016-17, won’t forget.
“I just envisioned all the hard work that the 2015 team went through,” said Harmon on his shot, “I knew I was going to try to get the best shot I could get.”
Caribou had been so close to completing a second consecutive upset win after taking down Washington Academy in the quarterfinals
“They disappointment for us didn’t start for us until after the game when we got beat. We felt like in overtime that we were going continue play the same way in we had play in regulation and we had been pretty successful with that. They scored two more points than we did at the buzzer,” said Caribou Head Coach Chris Casavant.
It’s now a brand new season and the Eagles will have a much different team from the one that won that championship a year, after graduating nine seniors.
“We still have a long ways to go, I’m just hoping to make the playoffs right now,” said Ellsworth Head Coach Peter Austin. “It’s going to be a lot new faces along with Harmon and [Zach] Harris. We’ll see what happens, we’ll just try to win each game and see what happens.”