BOYS BASKETBALL

Lawrence 37 at Hampden 62

Dec. 18, 2012, at 7 p.m.

HAMPDEN, Maine — Junior forward Zach Gilpin scored 17 points and grabbed six rebounds Tuesday night as Hampden Academy overwhelmed Lawrence of Fairfield 62-37 in an early season showdown of Eastern Maine Class A boys basketball powers.

Tyler Norris added 15 points, five rebounds and five assists as the defending regional champion Broncos improved their record to 4-0 after a victory during which they led by as many as 35 points.

Lawrence is now 3-1.

The Bulldogs, playing without starting center Nick Noiles (strep throat), hung within 13-6 at the end of the first quarter and 17-8 midway through the second period.

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But Hampden maintained a dominant early performance on the backboards and a defensive effort that shut down Lawrence leading scorers Spencer Carey and Xavier Lewis, and once the Broncos tightened up their offense the game quickly became one-sided.

Hampden outscored Lawrence 11-2 over the final 4:39 of the second quarter to take a 28-10 halftime lead, then scored 13 unanswered points early in the third period to extend its advantage to 41-12 when Gilpin drove into the lane for a three-point play that began with a left-handed runner and then followed up with a 3-point jumper from the left corner.

Norris, a senior forward, soon followed with one basket from the lane and another after grabbing an offensive rebound to help cap off the 20-1 run that gave the Broncos a 48-13 lead at the end of the third period.

Brian Fickett came off the Hampden bench to contribute eight points and five rebounds, while freshman Nick Gilpin scored seven points.

Chris Doyen and Cole Robinson, both reserves, led Lawrence with seven points each while Lewis was limited to three points and Carey was held scoreless.

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