BANGOR, Maine — Caribou had no answers for Ellsworth junior Jackson Curtis throughout the first half.
But then the Eagles had an even more difficult time controlling the Vikings’ multi-faceted offensive attack in the second.
The result was Caribou’s 65-58 victory in the Class B North semifinal contest Wednesday afternoon at the Cross Insurance Center.
Ellsworth, behind Curtis, got off to a blistering start on the heels of losing the two regular season matchups by decisive scores of 70-56 and 83-51. Curtis hit a 15-footer on his team’s first possession, got position inside for a layup and then nailed a 3-pointer, all in the first 2:16 of the game to make it 7-0.
Although Caribou responded with seven unanswered points, five by senior captain Austin Findlen, the Vikings never were able to take the lead in the first half and went into intermission down 35-29.
“They had just come off a big win against MDI, so we expected them to come out like they did,” said Viking junior point guard Alex Bouchard. “They were playing with that momentum and it was tough for us on both ends of the floor.”
“It felt like they couldn’t miss in the first half,” said his teammate, junior forward Parker Deprey.
The Vikings finally went to work in the second half behind Deprey and Bouchard. Caribou outscored Ellsworth 22-7 as Deprey tallied seven points and Bouchard hit consecutive 3-pointers late in the third quarter to pull ahead by nine (51-42).