PORTLAND, Maine — Cape Elizabeth’s boys’ basketball team has relied on a mixture of experience and youth this winter, and it paid huge dividends Saturday morning and afternoon in a Western Maine Class B quarterfinal game against Wells at the Portland Exposition Building.
The Capers, ranked third, never trailed, but were pushed throughout and the Wells Warriors even managed to tie the score in the second half. Every time it was challenged, Cape Elizabeth rose off the deck and responded and the Capers went on to win 57-51 behind 17 points from senior Chris Robicheaw (who made four 3-pointers) and 16 from classmate Henry Babcock.
Cape Elizabeth (14-5) will meet the winner of the No. 2 York-No. 7 Greely quarterfinal matchup in Thursday’s semifinal round, 7:30 p.m. at the Cumberland County Civic Center.
Cape Elizabeth rode three Robicheaw 3s to an early 16-9 lead. Wells never buckled, however, and thanks to 11 first-half points from senior Dylan Stevens, only trailed by five at the break, 27-22.
The Warriors pulled within a point in the third, 33-32, but Babcock got back to break up a Stevens layup attempt, then at the other end found an open Robicheaw, who drained a 3 to push the lead to four. Wells made it a 37-37 game later in the frame on a Stevens 3, but Cape Elizabeth sophomore Eddie Galvin made a layup to put his team on top to stay.
Down the stretch, the Capers made 14 of 16 free throws in the final stanza and finally put the finishing touches on the win.
Galvin added 11 points in his first postseason game on the Expo floor.
Wells (11-9) was paced by Stevens’ game-high 23 points. Junior point guard Jake Moody was held to 12 points — just two in the first half. The Warriors were doomed by 21 turnovers.