BANGOR, Maine — Hayden Ciomei of Deer Isle-Stonington and Mike McClung of Central Aroostook of Mars Hill were the centers of attention Saturday night in their Eastern Maine Class D boys quarterfinal victories at the Bangor Auditorium.
Ciomei, a junior, scored 22 points to lead four Mariners in double figures as the sixth-seeded squad knocked off No. 3 Washburn 67-57. McClung, a senior, posted 21 points to power the Panthers past No. 10 Greater Houlton Christian Academy of Houlton 88-62 in the day’s final basketball game.
The Mariners (13-7) and the Panthers (18-2) will square off in a semifinal 2:05 p.m. Thursday.
In the first game of the evening session, the Mariners closed the first quarter on a 7-2 run that gave them a 19-11 lead after one quarter, but the Beavers closed the gap to four points (28-24) with three minutes to go before halftime.
From that point, the Mariners rode a 21-5 wave through the end of the first half and over the first 5:15 of the third quarter to take a 20-point lead (49-29). The Beavers never got closer than nine after that.
Ciomei scored seven of his 11 second-half points, including a 3-pointer, during that long run, and junior forward Tim Cormier and junior guard Sam Grindle added six each.
“We have seen streaks this year where Hayden has shown what he can do,” Mariners coach Glenn Billings said. “We knew he was due for a breakout game, and I was glad it was tonight.”
The other key was rebounding.
“We didn’t give them a lot of second chances,” Billings said.
Cormier and Grindle finished with 14 points apiece for Deer Isle-Stonington, and junior guard Connor Morey had 10.
Junior guard Mitch Worcester scored a game-high 31 points to pace the Beavers (17-3), senior guard Jordan McLaughlin posted 11 and senior center Chase Chandler had 10.
In the late game, freshman guard Chandler Brewer backed up McClung with 16 points, senior forward Brendan York registered 15 and junior forward Steven Decker had 14.
The Panthers shot 33 for 62 from the floor (53.2 percent).
“Overall, as a team I thought we shot well,” CAHS coach Tim Brewer said. “And I was happy … we moved the ball well.”
York scored 12 of his in the first quarter and McClung eight as the Panthers grabbed a 33-11 lead after one period.
For Brewer, it wasn’t just a matter of feeding the ball inside. That’s where getting ball movement was important.
“It opens things up for others [to shoot from outside],” he said. “They [the perimeter players] have to contribute to open things inside.”
McClung also set the tone defensively as he blocked three shots by the Eagles in the first quarter and five for the game.
CAHS pushed the margin to 49 points in the third quarter, then emptied its bench in the fourth.
“We had some younger players who were able to get some minutes,” Brewer said. “It was good for them to get out there, get their legs under them and get the jitters [of playing in the auditorium] out.”
Senior forward Micah Wiley led the Eagles (10-10) as he scored his team’s first seven points, including a game-opening 3-pointer, on the way to a game-high 26. Senior center Ethan Holmes contributed 16 points and sophomore guard Deyrell Vargas tallied 10.