|Edward Little High School||Bangor High School|
At Bangor, senior guard Sean Tocci’s four-point play with 13.1 seconds remaining Friday night rallied Bangor to a 43-41 Class A boys basketball victory over Edward Little of Auburn.
Bangor, fifth ranked in Eastern Maine Class A entering the contest, is now 12-4 on the season. Second-ranked Edward Little, which edged the Rams 52-50 in their earlier meeting of the season on Dec. 29, is now 14-2.
Edward Little held a 41-37 lead with two minutes remaining, but Tocci took a steal in for a layup to cut the Bangor deficit to two points with 1:58 to play.
The Red Eddies committed another turnover on its next possession and later missed the front ends of two 1-and-1 situations, but Bangor came up empty on 3-point shots by Tocci and Alex Campbell before getting the ball back after a missed EL free throw with 24.7 seconds left.
Bangor worked the ball around the perimeter until Tocci was left open beyond the top of the key, and he made the 3-pointer as he was being fouled and added the free throw to give the Rams a stunning two-point lead.
Edward Little was unable to generate a quality shot in the final seconds, with Quin Leary’s contested shot from the top of the key missing as time expired.
Campbell led Bangor with 10 points, all in the first quarter as coach Ed Kohtala’s club built a 17-11 lead.
Tocci and senior forward Tyler Kenney each added nine points, with all of Tocci’s scoring coming in the fourth quarter, while junior center Conner Adams scored eight points.
Sophomore forward Lew Jensen led Edward Little with 12 points on four 3-pointers, while senior forward Sean Ford scored 10 points.
The Red Eddies, playing without starting point guard Ian Mileikis (mononucleosis), made just 4 of 15 free-throw attempts during the game.