May 26, 2018
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Winslow boys hold off Medomak Valley

By Pete Warner, BDN Staff


   BANGOR — Justin Murray went 13-for-14 from the foul line on his way to a game-high 30 points Saturday afternoon to lift Winslow to a 64-58 Class B boys quarterfinal basketball victory over Medomak Valley of Waldoboro at the Bangor Auditorium.

   Murray scored 11 points in the last three minutes, seven seconds of regulation to help the fifth-seeded Black Raiders (16-3) win their eighth straight contest. Winslow advances to Wednesday’s 8:35 p.m. semifinal against No. 1 Camden Hills (19-0), a 79-44 winner over No. 8 Caribou on Saturday.

   Fourth-seeded Medomak Valley, which beat Winslow 47-40 in their only regular-season meeting, finished the season at 14-5.

   Senior center Mike McCann contributed 18 points and nine rebounds for coach Scott Wood’s Black Raiders. The effort included the 1,000th point of McCann’s career.

   Winslow prevailed in large part because of its ability to get to the foul line. The Black Raiders went 22-for-29 and outscored the Panthers 22-11 from the stripe.

   Winslow had some difficulties while committing 17 turnovers, but outrebounded Medomak Valley 33-27.

   Sophomore center John Murray led the way for the Panthers, providing 26 points on 10-for-16 shooting while grabbing eight rebounds.

   Isaac Durkee contributed 12 point and six rebounds for Medomak Valley, while Isaac Greenrose added eight points.

   Winslow took the lead for good in the second quarter with Medomak Valley’s Murray on the bench with two fouls. With the game tied at 20, McCann opened a key run for the Black Raiders with a free throw.

   Justin Murray then drained a 3-pointer, which elicited a MV timeout, before making a steal that led to another 3-pointer. Jesse Audet followed with a low-post move off a Murray feed that gave Winslow a 29-20 lead with 2:43 to play in the first half.

   John Murray’s play led a fourth-quarter rally by the Panthers, who got as close as one point on two occasions. The last came with 23 seconds left, when Durkee hit a 27-foot 3-pointer to make it 59-58.

   However, two McCann free throws with 18.4 seconds left made it a two-possession game and the Black Raiders hit three of four from the line down the stretch.




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