|Lewiston High School||Hampden Academy|
HAMPDEN, Maine — Matt Palmer scored 18 points and grabbed nine rebounds as undefeated Hampden Academy cruised past Lewiston 68-46 in an Eastern Maine Class A boys basketball game Friday night.
The defending regional champion Broncos are now 8-0 this season — defeating their opponents by an average of 29.3 points per game.
Lewiston, the only team to defeat Hampden Academy during the 2011-12 regular season, falls to 3-5.
Lewiston, missing two starters and one of its top reserves due to a combination of disciplinary issues and illness, rallied from a game-opening 13-2 blitz by Hampden to within 20-18 after Adam Poliquin made the first two baskets of the second quarter.
But the threat merely served to arouse the Broncos, who turned up the defense and made the extra passes on offense to close out the first half with an 18-3 run — including two 3-pointers and jumper from the top of the key by Palmer — good for a 38-21 advantage at the break.
The Hampden run grew to 34-7 midway through the third quarter as junior forward Zach Gilpin returned from first-half foul trouble with seven quick points and senior forward Tyler Norris followed with a right-handed drive through the lane and then a left-handed version of the same play to give the Broncos their largest lead at 54-25 with 3:16 left in the period.
Zach Gilpin finished the game with 14 points and Norris 12, while freshman guard Nick Gilpin scored nine points and junior guard Cam Scott added six points, four steals and four assists.
Sophomore forward Quintarian Brown led Lewiston with nine points, while sophomore Isaiah Harris added eight points, six rebounds and two blocked shots.