Few teams were able to contain Bangor High School’s big three of Henry Westrich, Sam Martin and Andrew Szwez this winter.
But given a third chance, the Deering Rams discovered the magic formula and sent the defending state champions home with a 57-51 victory over Bangor in a Class AA North boys basketball semifinal at the Cross Insurance Arena in Portland on Wednesday afternoon.
Senior guard Askar Houssein scored 29 points — including five deep 3-pointers — to provide the offensive punch for No. 3 Deering of Portland, which had averaged 46 points per game in two regular-season losses to second-seeded Bangor.
“We wanted to force him to put it on the ground,” Bangor coach Brad Libby said, “but when you’re shooting from 3 feet beyond the 3-point line we’re usually pretty happy with that. He played extremely well.”
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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