At Rockport, eighth-ranked Camden Hills jumped out to an 8-0 lead less than two minutes into the game and never trailed in defeating No. 9 Nokomis of Newport 62-46 in an Eastern Maine Class B boys basketball preliminary-round game Wednesday night.
The win advances the Windjammers (13-6) to a regional quarterfinal Saturday against top-seeded Medomak Valley of Waldoboro (16-2). Medomak Valley edged Camden Hills twice during the regular season, by 63-60 at Waldoboro on December and 95-91 in four overtimes at Rockport on Jan. 31.
Nokomis ends its season with a 10-9 record.
Junior forward Colin Morse led a balanced Camden Hills attack with 14 points and nine rebounds, while senior guard Connor Hart had 12 points, six rebounds and six assists and junior forward Jayson Kuhn scored 11 points. Junior forward Chandler Crans added nine points and seven rebounds for the Windjammers, who amassed a 35-24 advantage on the backboards.
Senior guard Spencer Hartsgrove led Nokomis with a game-high 19 points, while junior forward Andrew Cartwright had 13 points and six rebounds and senior guard Drew Wing contributed six points, seven rebounds and five assists.
Connor Graffam made a layup on Camden Hills’ first possession and Kuhn followed with a pair of 3-pointers from the left corner to stake coach Jeff Hart’s club to an instant eight-point lead, and Nokomis was left to play catch-up the rest of the way.
Camden Hills made 4 of 6 shots from beyond the arc in building an 18-8 lead by the end of the first quarter, and Nokomis got no closer than seven points as the Windjammers led by as many as 13 points at 30-17 during the second quarter before late baskets by Chandler Foss and Wing drew the Warriors within 30-21 at intermission.
Camden Hills again stretched their lead out to 12 points during the third quarter, the final time at 39-27 when Morse scored off an inbounding pass from Connor Hart with 2:47 left in the period.
But Nokomis had one more comeback left, with a follow-up basket and a 3-pointer by Hartsgrove and a drive by Cartwright helping coach Carl Parker’s club pull within 40-34 less than a minute into the fourth quarter.
But Camden Hills quickly regrouped, initially working the ball into the low post to Hart for a close-range shot that ignited a 10-0 Windjammers’ run within a 92-second span that put the game away.
Terron Bailey followed with a 3-pointer and Hart scored again on a drive to prompt a Nokomis timeout with 5:55 remaining, and Morse came out of the break with a 3-pointer from the right corner to cap off the run and give Camden Hills a 50-34 cushion with 5:30 left.