The Maine Athletic Club 17-and-under AAU boys basketball team has won its first two games of pool play at the 32nd annual Eddie Ford Kentucky Hoopfest being held at the Louisville Exposition Center in Louisville, Kentucky.
The 40-team tournament is being held in advance of the AAU 11th Grade National Championships to be played in Louisville, Kentucky, beginning Tuesday.
MAC, coached by Carl Parker, opened Hoopfest play with a 47-35 victory over Team PFAB of Memphis, Tennessee, on Thursday. Messalonskee High School of Oakland standout Nick Mayo paced the Maine contingent with 32 points and 12 rebounds while Houlton’s Kyle Bouchard added 11 points.
MAC then eased to a 51-19 win over the Georgia Ballers early Friday. Mayo again led the way with 18 points, while Chris Hudson of Hodgdon (10 points), Justin Martin of Winslow (9), Dayne Savage of Caribou (8), Ben Malloy of Bonny Eagle of Standish (4), and Nason Lanphier of Winslow (2) also contributed offensively.
Other members of the squad are Jack Simonds of Falmouth and Matt Murray of Cony.
MAC was scheduled to play its final pool-play game Friday evening against Fieldhouse Selec Merrillville of East Chicago, Indiana, before advancing to a single-elimination championship tournament slated for Saturday and Sunday.
Bouchard, a first-team Bangor Daily News All-Maine selection last winter after leading Houlton to the Class C state championship, is the lone returning player back from last year’s MAC U17 squad that went 4-3 at the AAU 11th Grade Nationals after winning the silver bracket championship of the AAU Supershowcase that preceded the 2013 nationals.