LEWISTON — It was as if Xavier Lewis never left.
Lewis, playing his first basketball game back in Bangor after a year with Lawrence, scored half of the Rams’ 24 points in a hectic second quarter and finished with 26 points in leading the Rams to a convincing 78-49 victory over Lewiston in Friday night’s Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference opener.
“They had some bigs out there and, I wouldn’t say it was killing us on the boards, but it was hurting us a little bit early,” Lewis said. “We just countered it with some speed and we went into the second quarter knowing we were going to make a run.”
Lewis did most of his scoring inside and in transition as the Rams went small in the second quarter and turned a two-point lead into a 14-point bulge. The Blue Devils pulled to within nine a couple of times in the third quarter but were held to just two field goals in the final 11 minutes as Bangor pulled away.
Quintarian Brown led the Blue Devils with 20 points, while Isaiah Harris added 13 points and 10 rebounds. Liam Harrigan added 11 points off the bench for the Rams, while Connor Adams chipped in with 10 points and seven rebounds.
Lewis started attacking the hoop early in the second quarter and sparked a 13-5 Bangor run. He scored back-to-back buckets on a nice crossover dribble and runner followed by a baseline drive to make it 23-14. Another Harrigan 3-pointer moments later put the lead into double digits for the first time.