BANGOR, Maine — Conner Adams scored 15 points and grabbed 13 rebounds Friday night as the Bangor boys basketball team defeated Brewer 56-49 at Red Barry Gymnasium.
The win was the third straight for coach Ed Kohtala’s club, now 3-1 with a game at Brunswick on Saturday. Brewer dips to 2-3.
The final scored matched the largest lead of the night for either team in the tightly contested game, but the inside play of Adams and Nick Ashey proved decisive in the second half.
Adams, a junior center, had 13 points and seven rebounds after intermission, while Ashey, a junior forward, came off the bench to contribute four points and six rebounds for the Rams.
Bangor, which trailed 42-38 after three periods, outscored Brewer 10-1 over the first five minutes of the fourth quarter, taking the lead for good at 45-43 on back-to-back baskets by Adams midway through the period.
A layup by Ashey off a feed from junior guard Alex Campbell gave the Rams a 48-43 cushion before Brewer freshman Matt Pushard finally answered by driving for a three-point play to draw the Witches within two points with 2:16 left.
Senior guard Sean Tocci took a pass from Ashey and made a 3-pointer from the right side to restore Bangor to a five-point advantage, marking the start of a run of six unanswered points that gave the Rams their largest lead of the night at 54-46 on a free throw by junior guard Hunter Boyce with 30 seconds remaining.
Boyce and senior forward Matt Cosgrove each had eight points for Bangor, while Campbell had seven points and six assists and Tocci also scored seven points.
Pushard led Brewer with 16 points, while Ian Burgess scored 13 — 11 in the first half — and freshman guard Logan Rogerson added eight, six during the third quarter when the Witches rallied from a 27-26 deficit to take their largest lead of the night at the end of the period.