Wells High School kept its chances for a third straight state title game appearance alive Saturday. The No. 8 Warriors built a big lead over three quarters, then held off a fourth-quarter rally by the top-ranked Mountain Valley High School for a 62-52 upset victory in the Class B South boys’ quarterfinal in Portland.
Wells built a slim 11-8 lead after one quarter and took a more commanding 33-16 advantage into halftime behind the efforts of Caleb Corey and Tyler Bridge, who scored 13 and nine points, respectively, in the first half, according to Jeff Mannix of sports talk radio 96.3FM, The Big Jab.
The Warriors held a 45-29 lead after three quarters, but the No. 1 Falcons went on a 12-4 fourth quarter run to close the gap to 49-41 with just less than four minutes to go. But Wells kept Mountain Valley at arm’s length the rest of the way to hang onto a 10-point victory.
Bridge finished with 19 points to lead the Warriors, while Corey added 14 and senior Matt Sherburne scored another 15, Mannix reported. Jacob Blanchard scored 12 to lead the Falcons, followed by Casey Cormier with 11, he reported.
The Warriors reached the state championship game in each of the last two seasons, losing to Hermon High School in 2018 and Mount Desert Island in 2017.
Wells is getting hot at the right time. The Warriors convincingly defeated Lisbon High School, 60-44, in a preliminary round game Thursday to earn the right to face the No. 1 Falcons in Saturday’s quarterfinals.
Wells improves to just .500 with the win, at 10-10, while Mountain Valley’s season ends at 16-3.
The Warriors move on to face No. 4 Gray-New Gloucester High School, which topped No. 5 Spruce Mountain of Rockland Saturday, 45-34.