Neither Bryce Lausier nor Mikey Raye — the two senior leaders of Hampden Academy’s boys basketball team — knew just how bad things were getting during Saturday’s Class A state championship game against York at the Cross Insurance Arena in Portland.
The Broncos trailed 36-25 with 2:41 left in the third quarter after York had scored eight unanswered points to extend its halftime lead and seemingly harness all of the game’s momentum.
But this Hampden team was already battle tested after winning its three North regional tournament games by a combined seven points. And that energy helped the Broncos mount a 23-1 blitz to surge past the previously undefeated Wildcats 65-56 and capture their first gold ball since 2015.
York, which was seeking its first state championship since winning the 1991 Class B crown, ended its season at 21-1.
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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