A schedule shuffle prompted by Mother Nature’s intrusion on the original game plan has meant that the Bangor and Brewer boys and girls basketball teams will play a season-ending varsity double-header at the Cross Insurance Center on Friday, Feb. 7.
The twin bill rekindles a similar practice done by the schools in recent years at the former Bangor Auditorium.
Brewer is playing most of its varsity home games at the Cross Center this season while renovations are underway at the school.
The Witches were scheduled to host Bangor at the Cross Center on Saturday, Jan. 11, but that boys game and a girls matchup between the two schools slated for Bangor High School the same day were postponed due to inclement weather and perilous travel conditions.
Under the revised schedule, the Brewer at Bangor boys game will be held Jan. 29 at Red Barry Gymnasium, with the first girls meeting of the season between the rivals now slated for Jan. 30, also at Bangor High School. Those dates will include both varsity and subvarsity contests.
The varsity-only rematches will be played Friday, Feb. 7, at the Cross Center with the girls game at 5:30 p.m. followed by the boys game at 7.
The subvarsity rematches will be played Feb. 6 at the Center Street gym in Brewer.
While Brewer is playing most of its varsity games at the Cross Center, the Witches will play a Feb. 1 varsity double-header against Messalonskee of Oakland at Memorial Gymnasium on the University of Maine campus in Orono.
In what is being publicized as “Pack the Pit” day, the Brewer girls will face Messalonskee at 12:30 p.m., followed by the boys game at 2 p.m.
A fantastic finish for Windjammers
One of the unlikeliest finishes imaginable in high school basketball took place at Rockport last Friday night when Camden Hills rallied from a four-point deficit with 0.4 seconds — that’s 0.4 seconds — remaining in overtime to defeat neighboring Oceanside of Rockland-Thomaston 88-83 in double-overtime.
Oceanside led 77-73 when one of its players was fouled with 0.4 seconds, but as that play ended one or more of the Mariners left the immediate bench area in celebration thinking the game was over.
That resulted in a technical foul assessed against Oceanside, but the Mariners still had two free throws coming to extend their lead to as many as six points.
Both free throws were missed, then Camden Hills made 1 of 2 technical free throws to make it a three-point game.
That’s all the Windjammers needed, though it made coach Jeff Hart’s play designing task even more challenging.
Had the Windjammers made both free its throws, Hart had planned to set up a play in which the person inbounding the ball from midcourt would throw the it toward the rim where a teammate — likely senior guard Colin Morse — would attempt to tip it in before time expired.
But with Camden Hills facing a three-point deficit, Hart opted to run Chandler Crans through a screen to beyond the 3-point line on the same side of the court as the inbounder. Crans then got square to the hoop as he received the ball and quickly redirected it into the basket for a stunning game-tying 3-pointer.
Camden Hills then outscored Oceanside 11-6 in the second overtime to secure the victory.
The Windjammers followed that victory with a 68-60 win over another local rival, Medomak Valley of Waldoboro, on Monday night. In that game Camden Hills had to withstand a spirited comeback bid by the Panthers that had narrowed their game-long deficit to as few as two points with 1:38 left in the fourth quarter.
“I think of these rival games kind of like NFL divisional games, they’re always tough to win,” said Hart after the Medomak Valley victory, which improved the Windjammers’ record to 11-2. “It’s tough to blow somebody out that you play twice every year and you’ve been playing every year since you first picked up a basketball.”