For a while, it looked like Bonny Eagle would get their revenge. A strong third quarter put the Scots up 4 going into the final period. But Thornton Academy reeled off a 23-8 fourth quarter, including going 11-12 from the line, to get the win.
Wyatt Benoit had 26 for the Trojans, including 12 of their 27 free throws.
In a rivalry double-header in Rockland, Oceanside got a sweep over Medomak Valley, but not without some stress.
In the boys game, Medomak led at the half, but Oceanside ripped off a 31-8 third quarter. The Panthers couldn't come back and the Mariners move to 2-0 on the year. Carter Galley had 31 in the win. Kory Donlin went for 28 & 13 in the loss.
In the girls game, Oceanside led by 16 at the half, but the Panthers kept chipping away, eventually getting within one late in the 4th quarter before Oceanside ended on an 11-4 run. Bailey Breen had 26 for Oceanside, while Kytana Williamson led Medomak with 20.
Let go around the state!
Freeport's 21-9 4th quarter wasn't enough as Greely held on to win by 8...Gabe Hagar's 22 led Lincoln Academy over Winslow...Evans Sterling had 26 as Mount Blue beat Messo...Brady Plante's 24 led OOB to victory...Jameson Weir had 30 for MDI in their win over Bapst...Izzy Stewart put up 21 & 18 for Richmond over Carrabec...Avery Clark had 20 as Bangor cruised...Maddie Fitzpatrick had 26 as Cheverus crushed Oxford Hills...Maya Gayle's 12 & 11 got Deering by Falmouth...Caitlyn McCoy's 22 led Leavitt to a win over Erskine...The Mt. Ararat used a 14-5 4th quarter to stun Marshwood. Sarah Theriault had 15 & 17 in the loss...Tessa Ferguson's 26 fueled OOB...Emma Lizotte had 26 as TA crushed Bonny Eagle to move to 3-0...Kirsten Bigelow and Liana Hartwell each had 10 steals for Valley...Molly Hay's 26 weren't enough as Richmond beat Carrabec 44-43.
If you were worried about the relegated teams dominating in the lower classes (and a lot of people were), you probably shouldn't have.
The Waterville boys are 0-3 in C North, as are the Wiscasset girls in D South.
Somewhat predictably, the Noble boys (2-1) are doing well in A South, but there were a lot of people who felt that Noble should refuse the demotion. At least, there were in my DMs.
Obviously, I'll keep an eye on it. But so far, it looks like it was the right move.
In awesome news, this website is expanding.
The news today is that Gorham's Thomas Curtis will be doing a newsletter dedicated to AA basketball, which you should absolutely subscribe to. If you're new, just click the subscribe button, but if you're already signed up, you can easily add it.
If you click on "Account" in the top right corner, you'll see this.
Click on "Manage" and you'll see an option to subscribe to the new newsletter.
I'm really excited about what this will add to the site. And he's already got his first entry. Check it out!
In football news, we have our Fitzpatrick finalists.
When last we saw Maranacook--newest members of B North--they were playing a thriller against C South's Mount Abram. Tonight, they're back in their old stomping grounds of B South, hosting Jace Bessey and the Spruce Mountain Phoenix. Bessey, of course, is one of the more electric scorers in the state and is coming off a school record 44 points (in 23 minutes) in the opener. But Maranacook has their own scorer in Keagan McClure, younger brother of Mr. Basketball.
Could we have an old-fashioned shootout on our hands? Hopefully!
As always, the rest of today's games are after the jump.