There will be no early exit from the Class A North tournament for the Hampden Academy boys basketball team this year — but just barely.
The top-ranked Broncos, ousted in their postseason opener a year ago as the No. 2 seed, had nearly as much difficulty in its 2020 Augusta Civic Center debut Saturday night while outlasting eighth-rated Mt. Blue of Farmington 57-54 in the quarterfinals.
Senior guard Bryce Lausier scored eight of his game-high 23 points in the final eight minutes of play to help Hampden survive a fourth-quarter challenge when it trailed by a single point at one stage and never led by more than four points.
That came after the 18-1 Broncos trailed the 8-11 Cougars by eight at intermission.
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...
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