BANGOR, Maine – The No. 3 Lee Academy boys basketball team used its strong inside game to overcome a strong outside game from No. 6 Penquis of Milo en route to a 50-42 victory Tuesday morning in an Eastern Maine Class C quarterfinal.
The Pandas, now 15-4, will face the winner of Tuesday’s second quarterfinal between No. 2 Calais and No. 7 Madawaska.
Youssou Ndoye, a 6-foot-9 junior center, led Lee with 13 points and 13 rebounds. His size made it hard for the Patriots to work inside, but they went 8-for-16 from 3-point range to keep things close. Penquis’ Justin Artus, who came off the bench, hit a 3-pointer at the end of the second quarter to tie the game at 21 apiece.
Lee Academy, however, forced five Penquis turnovers in the third quarter and Ndoye scored six points to counter the Patriots’ shooting and had a 9-point lead at the end of the period. Penquis continued to shoot well in the fourth, but couldn’t overcome the Pandas’ lead.
A.J. Harris added 13 points and Tony Esho had 12 for Lee.
Artus led Penquis with 16 points.