July 21, 2019
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McCormick’s late-game heroics help No. 1 Cony boys avoid upset in Class A North

Airman 1st Class Kerelin Molina | USAF
Airman 1st Class Kerelin Molina | USAF
A basketball swishes through a hoop in this file photo.

Top-seeded Cony High School of Augusta came from behind to defeat No. 8 Medomak Valley High School of Waldoboro, as a Simon McCormick layup with seven seconds left gave the No. 1 Rams a 73-71 win in the Class A North boys’ quarterfinal late Saturday night at the Augusta Civic Center, Village Soup reported.

McCormick finished with 28 points, including a late game-tying three-pointer and the winning bucket, according to Don Shields of 105.5 FM, The Wolf.

Medomak Valley held a 40-36 lead at halftime and was up 53-47 after three quarters, according to Drew Bonifant of the Kennebec Journal.

Cony came seconds away from being the third Class A North boys’ team to lose to a lower seed on Saturday, after No. 3 Mt. Blue and No. 2 Hampden Academy each suffered upset losses earlier in the day. Freshman Patrick McKenney scored 17 points for Medomak Valley, Shields wrote.

The Rams will next play in the semifinal round against No. 4 Lawrence High School Wednesday night back in Augusta at 8:30 p.m. Cony continues its season with a 15-4 record, while Medomak Valley goes home for the year with a 12-7 mark.

Cony edged the Panthers in a regular season matchup last month, 62-58, as the Rams combined to go 11-for-20 from beyond the three-point line in that contest, according to the Kennebec Journal.

Medomak Valley reached the Class A North finals in two of the last three years, falling just short of the state title game in each 2016 and 2018. Last year, the Panthers lost to Hampden Academy in the regional final, 43-21.

Cony reached the semifinals in each of the last two tournaments, falling to Hampden Academy last year, 58-43, and to Oceanside High School of Rockland, 67-61, in 2017.

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