A free throw by Andrew Fleming with six seconds remaining in overtime Saturday gave the Maine-MBR 16-and-under boys basketball team a 62-61 victory over Minnesota in the Classic Division of the AAU Division I 10th-Grade National Championships in Louisville, Kentucky.
The Maine squad, 2-2 overall at the nationals and 1-0 in the single-elimination Classic Division, was scheduled to play a team from Richmond, Virginia, on Sunday.
Maine-MBR trailed by six points with three minutes left in the fourth quarter before a 3-pointer by Falmouth’s Tom Coyne, an offensive put-back by Hampden Academy’s Conary Moore and a jumper by Fleming with four seconds left tied the game at 56-56 and forced overtime.
Minnesota scored the first four points of the extra period, but a steal and layup by Nick Chasse of Hampden Academy made it a two-point game.
A Minnesota free throw made it 61-58 with 14 seconds left, but Coyne tied the game with a 3-pointer with nine seconds remaining.
After a timeout, Maine-MBR was whistled for a foul before the ball was inbounded but Minnesota missed both free throws. Coyne missed a jumper at the other end but Fleming, who will be a junior at Oxford Hills of South Paris this fall, was fouled while attempting a follow-up shot and made the second of two free throws to give the Maine team a one-point lead with six seconds left.
A 3-point attempt by Minnesota missed wide right as time expired.
Fleming led the Maine contingent offensively with 18 points while Coyne scored 10 and Hunter Smith of Foxcroft Academy in Dover-Foxcroft and Brendan McIntyre of Hampden Academy each added nine points.