At Hampden, senior forward Brian Fickett came off the bench to score 12 first-half points that propelled undefeated Hampden Academy to a 58-39 Eastern Maine Class A boys basketball victory over Bangor on Friday night.
Top-ranked Hampden’s second win of the season over its main rival improved the Broncos’ record to 11-0, while fourth-seeded Bangor fell to 8-4.
Hampden had made just 2 of its first 13 field goal attempts in the game before Broncos’ coach Russ Bartlett inserted Fickett into the contest with Bangor holding an 8-6 lead late in the first quarter.
The rugged Fickett worked his way inside the Bangor defense for three consecutive baskets, the first off an assist from Nick Gilpin and the other two after entry passes into the lane by Matt Palmer for a personal 6-0 run that ultimately gave the Broncos the lead for good.
Bangor center Conner Adams scored with 20 seconds left in the period to pull the Rams within 12-10, but Hampden then extended its run to 18-4 by outscoring Bangor 12-2 during the first 3:40 of the second quarter.
Fickett contributed six more points to the surge with a 15-foot jumper, a drive through the lane and a layup as the Broncos stretched their lead to 24-12 on a baseline jumper by Zach Gilpin with 4:28 left in the first half.
Bangor tried to rally from a 28-15 halftime deficit via the 3-point route, with back-to-back long range shots by Alex Campbell and Ben Hughes narrowing the deficit to 33-25 midway through the third quarter.
But the Rams were unable to put together an extended run against a Hampden defense that forced 17 turnovers and allowed Bangor just 11 field goals on 29 percent shooting from the field.
And with Gilpin scoring 14 of his game-high 20 points after intermission a comeback wasn’t in the offing for the Rams.
Gilpin, a 6-foot-5 junior forward, also pulled down seven rebounds for Hampden, while Fickett finished with 14 points and point guard Cam Scott had nine points and six rebounds. Palmer dished out a team-high five assists for the Broncos.
Senior guard Sean Tocci led Bangor with 16 points, including three of the Rams’ seven 3-pointers and a 7-of-7 effort from the free-throw line. Campbell, a junior guard, added nine points, six rebounds and six assists for coach Ed Kohtala’s club.