|Brunswick High School||Hampden Academy|
At Hampden, Zach Gilpin scored 15 of his game-high 22 points after intermission as undefeated Hampden Academy rallied from a rare halftime deficit to hold off stubborn Brunswick 55-43 in a Eastern Maine Class A boys basketball game Friday night.
Hampden (10-0) is now the lone remaining unbeaten team in the division after Lawrence of Fairfield knocked off previously unbeaten Edward Little of Auburn 67-53, also on Friday night.
But it wasn’t easy for the Broncos.
Hampden, which had defeated its first nine opponents by an average of more than 28 points per game, found itself trailing Brunswick 24-23 at the break thanks to a cool shooting effort (28 percent) from the field during the first two periods along with 13 first-half points by Dragons’ junior guard Blake Gordon.
But the Broncos struck quickly to open the third quarter, with Matt Palmer making a pair of 3-pointers on back-to-back possessions — the second igniting an 11-0 run that gave Hampden a 37-26 lead on two Gilpin free throws with 4:33 left in the period.
Gordon finally answered for Brunswick with a follow-up basket, but Gilpin then converted a three-point play off a lobbed inbounding pass to the rim by Palmer and point guard Cam Scott followed with a jumper to give the Broncos a 42-28 cushion with 1:06 remaining in the quarter.
Brunswick crept back within 42-34 on a 3-pointer by Gordon 55 seconds into the final period, but Gilpin answered with a four-point play — he was fouled while making a tough baseline jumper, and added that free throw as well as the first of two additional free throws when Brunswick was whistled for a technical foul after the original play.
That gave Hampden a 46-34 lead, and Brunswick got no closer than 10 points the rest of the way.
Gilpin made 11 of his 15 free-throw attempts en route to his scoring total, while Palmer finished with 11 points for Hampden and Tyler Norris had 10 points and a game-high 11 rebounds.
Gordon led Brunswick with 18 points and nine rebounds, but managed just five points on 2 of 9 shooting after intermission against Scott’s pressure defense.
The Dragons are now 6-4, with their losses coming to teams — Hampden, EL, Lawrence and Bangor — with a combined 34-5 record.