BOYS BASKETBALL

Ellsworth 47 at Old Town 53

Jan. 03, 2013, at 7 p.m.

OLD TOWN, Maine — Garrett Libby scored 14 of his game-high 24 points during the fourth quarter Thursday night to lift Old Town to a 53-47 Class B boys basketball victory over Ellsworth at MacKenzie Gymnasium.

The win lifted the Coyotes to 6-2, while Ellsworth fell to 3-5.

Ellsworth took a 36-32 lead into the final quarter, but Libby scored seven points in the first 58 seconds of the period — on a runner from the lane, a long 3-pointer from the left wing and a layup after a steal — to give Old Town a 39-36 lead with 7:02 remaining.

Ellsworth’s Steven Mahon scored on a spin move in the lane to make it a one-point game, but Old Town’s Garvey Melmed followed with a 3-pointer of his own and Libby then tipped in his own miss to give the Coyotes a 44-38 cushion with 5:13 left.

Ellsworth later pulled within 48-45 on a 3-pointer by Josh Bean with 2:18 to play and then got the ball back, only to have Bean miss another 3-pointer to tie the game.

Old Town’s Adam Richardson was fouled with 1:12 remaining and made both ends of a one-and-one to restore the Coyotes to a five-point lead, but Bean answered those free throws with two of his own to cut the Eagles’ deficit to 50-47 with 55.5 seconds to play.

Old Town’s Eddie Gonnella missed the front end of a one-and-one with 28 seconds left, but Richardson rebounded the miss for the Coyotes and Libby was fouled in the ensuing action.

Libby made 1 of 2 from the line to give Old Town a two-possession lead at 51-47 with 20.3 seconds left, and after Mahon missed a 3-pointer Libby added two more free throws with 6.2 seconds remaining.

Old Town’s center tandem of Richardson and Zach Bartlett combined for 17 points and 12 rebounds, with each grabbing six rebounds and Bartlett scoring all 11 of his points during the first half.

Libby added seven rebounds while Melmed contributed seven points, eight rebounds and four assists.

Mahon led Ellsworth with 14 points and four assists, while Bean had nine points and seven rebounds, Jake Maguire scored eight points, Brandon Braley added seven points and freshman Bruce St. Peter pulled down six rebounds.

Old Town, which finished with a 36-25 rebounding advantage, used that inside dominance to build a 10-2 lead on a follow-up basket by Gonnella two minutes into the contest.

But Ellsworth used its transition game to erase that deficit fairly quickly, with the Eagles drawing within 17-16 by the end of the opening period and forging a 27-27 tie at intermission.

Three-pointers by Bean — his first points of the game — and Braley gave Ellsworth a 33-27 lead at the outset of the third quarter, and while a Libby 3-pointer rallied Old Town within 34-32 a buzzer-beating follow-up basket by Jeff Weeks restored Ellsworth to a four-point lead entering the final period.

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