ORLANDO, Fla. — A Maine Athletic Club team of players who recently completed their freshman year of high school played up a class but still managed to advance to the medal round of the 2013 Division II AAU Boys Basketball National Tournament being held over the weekend at ESPN’s Wide World of Sports complex.
The MAC 15-and-under team was scheduled to open medal-round play against Team Heat of Yuma, Ariz., on Sunday morning, with a win in that contest advancing the squad to another game Sunday afternoon.
The MAC team consists of Jake Black, Conary Moore, Nick Chasse, Nick Gilpin and Brendon McIntrye, all of Hampden Academy; Hunter Smith of Foxcroft Academy; Riley Robinson of Dirigo of Dixfield and Andrew Fleming of Oxford Hills of South Paris, and is coached by Rick Moore of Hampden.
MAC advanced to the medal round with a 2-1 effort in pool play capped off by a must-win 71-64 victory over the previously undefeated Tennessee Lightning on Saturday afternoon.
MAC trailed 33-29 at halftime and 49-47 entering the fourth quarter, but the Maine team tied the game with 2:12 left when Gilpin recovered a deflection by teammate Moore and fed McIntyre for a basket.
MAC then outscored the Tennessee team 12-4 the rest of the way to secure the victory.
McIntyre and Moore combined for 15 fourth-quarter points for the winners, with McIntrye scoring 16 of his team-high 20 points after intermission.
Moore and Gilpin each finished with 15 points.
MAC opened pool play with a 53-50 overtime loss to a team from Miami, Fla., despite placing four scorers in double figures, with McIntryre scoring 14 points, Gilpin and Fleming with 11 points each and Moore with 10.
The Maine squad then used dominant defensive play to defeat the Philadelphia Rebels 51-27. Black led the MAC offense with 13 points.