EM Class A finals
Girls, No. 3 Messalonskee 41, No. 1 Skowhegan 37
Boys, No. 1 Edward Little 58, No. 10 Lawrence 50
EM Class C semifinals
Girls, No. 3 George Stevens 49, No. 7 Orono 30
Girls, No. 5 Washington Academy 48, No. 1 Calais 42
Boys No. 2 Calais 75, No. 6 Lee 35
Boys, No. 5 Stearns 51, No. 1 Washington Academy 49
EM Class D semifinals
Boys, No. 2 Central Aroostook 61, No. 3 Shead 49
Boys, No. 4 Woodland 47, No. 9 Bangor Christian 39
WM Class A semifinals
Girls, No. 1 Deering 53, No. 4 Noble 26
Girls, No. 3 Biddeford 32, No. 2 Scarborough 29
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EM Class A Finals
Edward Little claims crown
Ernie Clark, BDN Staff
AUGUSTA — Lawrence of Fairfield’s Cinderella run through the Eastern Maine Class A boys basketball tournament came up against an obstacle just too tall Friday night. Top-seeded Edward Little of Auburn used its considerable height advantage to dominate the backboards and get Lawrence in foul trouble as the Red Eddies won their first regional title since 1957 with a 58-50 victory over the 10th-ranked Bulldogs at the Augusta Civic Center. Junior forward James Philbrook led Edward Little to its 14th straight victory with game-high totals of 18 points and 11 rebounds. The win advances the Red Eddies to next Saturday night’s state championship game against the winner of the Western A final between Thornton Academy of Saco and Westbrook. Lawrence, which needed help from other teams in the final week of regular-season play just to qualify for the playoffs, ends its season at 12-10. Philbrook and 6-5 senior Shane Cirello (15 points and seven rebounds) helped Edward Little amass a 36-19 rebounding advantage, including 18 offensive rebounds against a Lawrence squad whose top players, 6-4 senior Brooks Spaulding amd 6-1 classmate Matt Perkins, battled foul trouble throughout the game. EL threatened to take control of this game on several occasions, but couldn’t put the stubborn Bulldogs away until the final seconds.
Messalonskee shuts down Skowhegan to win title
By Ernie Clark, BDN Staff
AUGUSTA — Limited to just one 3-point field goal through three periods Friday afternoon, Holly Oliver stepped up when Messalonskee of Oakland needed a leader and propelled the Eagles to a 41-37 victory over top-ranked Skowhegan in the Eastern Maine Class A girls basketball final at the Augusta Civic Center. The 5-foot-11 junior guard had an assist and a basket during a run of six straight Messalonskee points early in the fourth quarter after Skowhegan had taken its first lead since the end of the first quarter. Then she helped secure the victory with four straight free throws in the game’s final 46 seconds to give Messalonskee its first regional championship since winning the Class B state title in 1987. Oliver finished with nine points and six rebounds to go with 11 points from Kaitlyn Deering and seven points each from Ariana Perry and Hannah Dexter. Brown had 10 points and five rebounds for Skowhegan. The win advances third-ranked Messalonskee (19-2) to Saturday night’s Class A state final, also at the Augusta Civic Center, while Skowhegan ends its season at 17-4. This game was an intense, physical battle between two central Maine rivals that had split two regular-season meeting, and defense proved pivotal to Messalonskee’s success as the Eagles limited Skowhegan 6-footers Kaley Brown and Mackenzie Smith to a combined 15 points and 10 rebounds while also holding the Indians’ perimeter shooters to a 1-for-11 afternoon from beyond the 3-point arc. Neither team led by more than five points in the contest, including a 27-22 Messalonskee lead on a 3-pointer by Perry with 3:48 left in the third quarter.
Girls EM Class C semifinals
George Stevens pressure wears down Red Riots
BY RYAN McLAUGHLIN, BDN STAFF
BANGOR — BANGOR — Even though its lead at halftime was only five, George Stevens Academy had Orono right where it wanted them. With their tenacious fullcourt pressure wearing down the seventh-ranked Red Riots, the No. 3 Eagles of Blue Hill forced one Orono mistake after another while gradually pulling away for a 49-30 Eastern Maine Class C quarterfinal victory at the Bangor Auditorium Friday. Coach Donald Allen’s club, now 17-3, takes on either No. 5 Washington Academy or top-ranked Calais in tonight’s 7:05 p.m. regional championship game while the Red Riots, who only graduate two seniors, cap off a stellar season 14-7. Stevie Theoharidis fueled a balanced GSA offense with 15 points on 6-for-12 shooting while India Frazier put in 13 and Maddie Park contributed eight. Theoharidis and Frazier were particularly affective in the second half, where Theoharidis scored 13 points and Frazier nine, as the Eagles focused on attacking the basket once their athleticism had wore down the Red Riots. Frazier was also a force on the backboards, grabbing eight rebounds, including six in the second half. George Stevens pulled away with a 12-6 third-quarter run to take an 11-point lead into the fourth while the Eagles went 12-for-14 from the foul line in the second half to maintain a double-digit advantage. The Eagles’ defense limited Orono to six second-half field goals while forcing 20 turnovers on the game and collecting 12 steals as a unit. Elizabeth Fox’s 10 points paced Orono.
Washington Acad. advances to finals
BY ANDREW NEFF, BDN STAFF
BANGOR — After losing on a buzzer-beating 3-pointer in regulation and then in overtime to the Calais girls, Washington Academy of East Machias was ready for a rematch. Andi Flannery scored 14 of her game-high 15 points in the second half to lead the fifth-seeded WA Raiders past the top-seeded Blue Dev-ils 48-42 in an Eastern Maine Class C semifinal at the Bangor Auditorium Friday afternoon. The 15-6 Raiders advance to the East final for the first time in the program’s history, according to head coach Gary Wood, and will take on No. 3 George Stevens Academy Saturday at 7:05 p.m. Saturday. Flannery combined with Irene Lewey for 15 rebounds. Lewey also had 10 points. Shannon Brown led the 15-3 Blue Devils with 14 points and 14 rebounds. Courtney Hill had 10 points.
Boys EM Class C semifinals
Blue Devils overpower Pandas
BY RYAN McLAUGHLIN, BDN STAFF
BANGOR — It’s tough enough to beat the Calais boys basketball team when it places four players in double figures in the scoring column. But when the Blue Devils limit you to just 25 percent shooting from the floor, forget about it. Those assets doomed a young Lee Academy team Friday night, as coach Ed Leeman’s second-ranked club ended the first half on a 24-8 run and cruised to a 75-35 victory over the No. 6 Pandas at the Bangor Auditorium. The 15-4 Blue Devils advance to tonight’s 8:35 p.m. regional championship game in search of their fourth straight Eastern Maine title, while Lee completed its season 13-8. Aggressiveness on the backboards allowed coach Randy Harris’ Pandas to stay close early, but all hopes of Lee pulling its second tourney upset vanished when the Blue Devils scored the final 10 points of the first quarter after Lee’s Ryan Beers had converted a conventional 3-point play. Jeremy Carr sparked Calais’ balanced offense with 18 points, with Cal Shorey and Jordan Leeman scoring 14 apiece and Ryan Cavanaugh 12. If the Pandas had any thoughts of making a second-half comeback, they vaporized rather quickly. Leeman converted on a steal and breakaway layup and a putback to jumpstart an 18-3 run over the first 4:18 of the third. Shorey was also a force inside with three blocked shots. Calais was fairly consistent on both ends of the floor, shooting 32-for-51 (63 percent) offensively while forcing 19 Lee turnovers and committing just eight themselves. Beers was the lone Panda in double figures with 12 points while Tyler Doty contributed eight.
Stearns knocks off Washington Academy
By Andrew Neff, BDN Staff
BANGOR — The Stearns Minutemen of Millinocket showed they are not your typical No. 5 seed while matching top-ranked Washington Academy of East Machias point for point in a tightly contested Eastern Maine Class C semifinal Friday night. In the end, it was WA’s Raiders who couldn’t quite match up as they fell two points short. The Minutemen foiled a last-minute WA rally by hitting three of four foul shots in the final 44 seconds. The 18-2 Minutemen used rebounding, solid defense, and execution down the stretch to upset the Raiders 51-49 at the Bangor Auditorium. Garen Manzo led the Minutemen, who will take on three-time defending regional champ Calais in a 9 p.m. championship game Saturday, with 15 points and eight rebounds. Zach Sadlon had 12 points and seven rebounds, Brandon McLaughlin scored 10 points and grabbed seven rebounds, and Cory Barnett grabbed 13 rebounds for Stearns. Bryce Colbeth had a double-double with game-high totals of 21 points and 22 rebounds to pace the 18-2 Raiders. Noah Von Rotz added 12 points.
Boys EM Class D semifinals
Central Aroostook defeats Shead
BY RYAN McLAUGHLIN BDNSTAFF
BANGOR — While Manny Martinez was Mr. Outside, as usual, for Central Aroostook, Caleb Kelly was Mr. Inside for the Panthers of Mars Hill. Kelly scored a game-high 21 points and grabbed 10 rebounds while Martinez hit three 3-pointers and was 9-for-10 from the foul line en route to 20 points in helping the second-ranked Panthers earn a return trip to the Eastern Maine Class D final with a 61-49 victory over Shead of Eastport at the Bangor Auditorium Friday morning. Coach Tim Brewer’s club improves to 18-3 and takes on No. 4 Woodland in a rematch of last year’s regional final today at 10:35 a.m. while the Tigers wrap a solid campaign 17-4. The first half was tight with three lead changes, but the last of those changes put CAHS on top for good, as it closed the first half on a 9-4 run, capped by sophomore forward Kelly’s putback at the buzzer to put his team pu seven at halftime. The Panthers’ quickness and fullcourt pres-sure gradually wore down the bigger Tigers in the second half, and Shead managed just one field goal over the first five minutes of the final quarter as Central Aroostook stretched its lead to nine. The Pan-thers would hit their free throws down the stretch to maintain control. Shead was forced into 17 turn-overs by an in-your-face CAHS defense. Wayne Clossey led the Tigers with 18 points while David Medei-ros added 12.
Woodland ends Bangor Christian’s run
BY ANDREW NEFF, BDN STAFF
BANGOR — The Woodland boys used a defensive adjustment and better shot selection in the second half to end Bangor Christian’s Cinderella tournament run. Ben Sears led the No. 4 Woodland Dragons with 16 points and the 14-7 Dragons pulled away from the No. 9 Patriots by hitting seven of eight free throws in the last minute at the Bangor Auditorium Friday morning. Aaron St. Pierre and Chad James each scored 13 for the Dragons, who will face No. 2 Central Aroostook of Mars Hill in the Eastern Maine Class D championship game Saturday at 11 a.m. Brett Bradford led the 9-12 Patriots with 19 points. Tyler Alexander had 16 points and Jon Johnson had 11 rebounds.