Woodland wins first boys ‘D’ title

Posted Feb. 28, 2009, at 5:11 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — Senior guard Chad James scored 18 points as Woodland won its first state championship in boys basketball with a 49-43 victory over Richmond in Saturday’s Class D final at the Bangor Auditorium.

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Backcourt mate Ben Sears added 13 points for the 16-7 Dragons, while junior forward Corey Rolfe scored nine points and grabbed a game-high 14 rebounds.

Bruce Carver led Richmond (17-3) with 13 points and nine rebounds, while Eric Murrin scored 12 points and Kyle O’Brien came off the bench to score 10.

Woodland jumped out to a 17-point first-half lead, but Richmond — making its third state-final appearance in the last four years but seeking its first gold ball since 1986 — crept within 33-20 on a 40-foot 3-pointer by Murrin at the halftime buzzer.

The Bobcats kept coming, drawing within 35-31 on an inside basket by Murrin midway through the third quarter.

But James countered with a 3-pointer to end a nine-point Richmond run, and Woodland then pushed its lead back to 43-35 on a layup and a jumper by Sears early in the fourth quarter.

The Dragons then made 6 of 8 free throws down the stretch to preserve the victory.

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