ORLANDO, Fla. — Houlton’s Kyle Bouchard scored 24 points and grabbed nine rebounds Saturday night as the Maine Athletic Club edged E1T1 of Florida 48-47 to advance to the silver bracket of the AAU boys 17-and-under national Supershowcase basketball tournament.
The Maine team was scheduled to play its first silver bracket game — for teams that placed second in their respective pools — at 6 p.m. Sunday.
Bouchard scored 20 points in the second half in helping MAC rally from a deficit of as much as eight points early in the fourth quarter, and his free throw with 2.7 seconds left provided the margin of victory as MAC overcame the absence of center Mike McDevitt of Greely of Cumberland Center and the loss midway through the game of guard Cam Scott, both with ankle injuries.
Zach Gilpin of Hampden added 13 points and six rebounds for MAC, while Xavier Lewis of Bangor and Andrew Cartwright of Nokomis of Newport each had five points and four rebounds to help their team finish 2-1 in pool play.
Maine Athletic Club opened pool play Friday with a 61-51 victory over the Georgia Wizards.
Georgia capitalized on 17 first-half turnovers by MAC to build a 30-17 halftime lead, but the Maine team outscored the Wizards 19-6 in the third quarter to draw within 37-36 entering the fourth quarter.
Two quick baskets, the second a dunk by Cartwright off a feed from Bouchard, gave MAC the lead for good, and a later dunk by Gilpin snuffed out any late comeback hopes for the Georgians.
Cartwright finished with team-high totals of 15 points and 10 rebounds. Gilpin had 13 points and six rebounds, McDevitt had 11 points and nine rebounds and Bouchard had 10 points, seven rebounds and seven assists.
In Saturday’s first game, the Virginia Squires, a highly touted club from Richmond, Va., that features one of the top players nationally in the high school class of 2014, Devin Robinson, handed MAC a 79-52 defeat.
The Virginia team led the contest from start to finish, extending a 19-10 first-quarter lead to 43-24 at intermission — with McDevitt going out with his ankle injury during the second quarter. MAC stayed within 49-32 midway through the third period before the Squires scored 14 of the final 20 points in the quarter to expand their lead to 63-38.
Bouchard’s 24 points and eight rebounds led MAC, while Gilpin added 11 points.