April 22, 2018
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Hampden holds off Erskine Academy, to face Bangor in semifinals

By Ernie Clark, BDN Staff

AUGUSTA, Maine — Senior guard Christian McCue scored 18 points, nine in the fourth quarter, as top-ranked Hampden Academy subdued No. 9 Erskine Academy of South China 53-38 in an Eastern Maine Class A boys basketball quarterfinal at the Augusta Civic Center on Saturday night.

Erskine hung with Hampden for much of the game thanks to 5-foot-7 junior guard Devin Duncan, who scored a game-high 20 points, including four 3-pointers.

But Hampden’s defense kept the other Eagles largely in check and pulled away in the final minutes with a game-ending 9-2 run after Erskine drew within 44-36 on a 3-pointer by Tom Grady with 4:27 left.

McCue then scored on a drive and matched two free throws by Duncan before the Broncos’ Cam Scott converted two more free throws after an Erskine turnover to give Hampden a 50-38 lead with 1:42 remaining.

Fred Knight and Zach Gilpin each added 10 points, with Knight scoring eight in the first half to help stake Hampden to a 28-18 lead at the break.

Hampden advances to Wednesday night’s semifinals to play No. 5 Bangor, a 48-31 winner over No. 4 Lawrence of Fairfield in Saturday evening’s earlier quarterfinal.

Erskine Academy ends its season with an 8-12 record.

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