Kory Winch of Hampden Academy (left), pictured battling for position with Bangor's Matt Fleming during a recent game, sparked the Broncos to victory over Brewer on Thursday night. Credit: Pete Warner | BDN

BREWER, Maine — Guards Kory Winch and Bryce Lausier combined for 38 points Thursday night as Hampden Academy defeated Brewer 62-46 in a Class A North boys basketball matchup.

Winch, a senior, scored 10 of his game-high 21 points in the first quarter to stake the Broncos (10-2) to an early lead, and he also grabbed 11 rebounds while limiting Brewer senior guard Brandon Glidden to five points.

“I know I haven’t played well here the last couple of years,” said Winch, “so I made it a point to come out and get my team started and get myself going a little bit and try to break the curse, so to speak.”

Lausier, a junior guard, added 17 points and seven rebounds for Hampden while junior forward Mikey Raye scored nine points.

Senior forward Trevor Pearson and sophomore forward Dylan Huff scored nine points apiece for Brewer (5-7), while freshman guard Aaron Newcomb added seven.

Marc Hutchings, the senior center for Hampden who eight days earlier suffered multiple injuries in an early morning pickup truck accident, was released from the hospital Wednesday and surprised many of his teammates by joining them on the Broncos’ bench for the game.

This game proved much more competitive than the earlier meeting between the teams this season, a 71-39 Hampden victory on Dec. 21. But the more veteran Broncos simply had more size and experience than the youthful Witches, who had won four of their previous five games.

“They’re just so tough and they play so physical, their guards are strong,” said Brewer coach Ben Goodwin of Hampden, the defending Class A North champion. “It’s just tough to get good looks against them, and a full game of battling against them is hard.”

Winch scored 14 points and grabbed eight rebounds during the first half as Hampden gradually moved out to a 34-22 intermission lead.

Winch made his first four shots, including two from beyond the 3-point arc, as the Broncos outscored Brewer 9-2 over the final three minutes of the opening quarter to take a 17-11 advantage.

“Kory hit a couple of threes to get us started and we got him some quality touches around the hoop, too, because he can score in the paint for a guard,” said Hampden coach Russ Bartlett. “I thought he got us off to a great start offensively and really was consistent the whole game on the defensive end because his job was to guard (Brewer senior Brandon) Glidden and I think in the two games he held him to one basket.”

Lausier then scored seven of his 10 first-half points during the second quarter, including a 3-pointer to open the period. Brewer used a follow-up basket by freshman guard Colby Smith and a 3-pointer and a drive by Huff to pull within 24-18 midway through the period.

Hampden capped off the half with freshman T.J. Henaghen one-timing a lead pass from Winch into the basket from the lane as time expired as Hampden matched its largest lead of the half.

Ross Webb opened the second half with a 3-pointer as Hampden’s lead grew to 37-22, and while Brewer did get back within 44-36 on a Newcomb jumper late in the third quarter, a Henaghen layup and a 3-pointer by Lausier gave the Broncos a 49-36 cushion entering the final period.

“I thought we were very consistent,” said Bartlett. “We never had a 10-0 run but we were consistent every possession and obviously to go through February we’ve got to be able to do that.”

Ernie Clark

Ernie Clark is a veteran sportswriter who has worked with the Bangor Daily News for more than a decade. A four-time Maine Sportswriter of the Year as selected by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters...