Championship court action

Mid-Knight, Cushing best in Midcoast Youth Basketball League

Mid-Knight girls cap unbeaten campaign, Cushing nips defending champ Fuller in boys finale
By Ken Waltz | Feb 16, 2017
Photo by: Ken Waltz Scene from the Fuller Auto Mall, in black, and Cushing, in green, Midcoast Youth Basketball League boys championship game on Feb. 11 in Rockland.

Rockland — As the white, fluffy stuff swirled around the outside of the Rockland Community Building like a shaken snow globe on Saturday, Feb. 11, plenty of hot, exciting court action happened inside the cozy confines of the gymnasium as four teams looked to score coveted Midcoast Youth Basketball League titles.

The fifth- and sixth-grade championship games for boys and girls included two unbeaten, No. 1 teams, as well as a second-place squad and a last-place team that did not win a regular-season contest.

Click for photos from the boys championship game.

Click for photos from the girls championship game.

Watch video below of championship games.

Well, as the old basketball adage goes, games are won on the court and not on paper and anyone, on any given day, can beat an opponent and, in doing so, elevate to amazing heights.

That happened in the boys game as the No. 6 Cushing Cobras, winless during the regular season, won three straight postseason games to secure the crown. Cushing (3-7) beat No. 1, unbeaten Fuller Auto Mall (8-1), the defending champions, 37-35 in a down-to-the-wire finale.

In the girls championship game, Mid-Knight Auto (9-0) bested No. 2 Brooks Trap Mill (6-3) 32-19.

The final regular-season boys standings were: Fuller Auto Mall 7-0, Machias Savings Bank 5-2, R&D Trash Removal 3-4, St. George 3-4, Southend Grocery 3-4 and Cushing 0-7.

Previously in the single-elimination boys playoffs, No. 6 Cushing beat No. 3 R&D Trash Removal 41-37, No. 4 St. George defeated No. 5 Southend Grocery 56-45, No. 6 Cushing bested No. 2 Machias Savings Bank 59-52 and No. 1 Fuller beat No. 4 St. George 66-49.

The final regular-season girls standings were: Mid-Knight Auto 7-0, Brooks Trap Mill 5-2, Fisher Engineering 5-2, St. George 3-4, KDK 1-6 and Vinalhaven 0-7.

Previously in the single-elimination girls playoffs, No. 3 Fisher Engineering beat No. 6 Vinalhaven 56-23, No. 4 St. George downed No. 5 KDK 21-11, No. 1 Mid-Knight Auto beat No. 4 St. George 25-18 and No. 2 Brooks Trap Mill bested No. 3 Fisher Engineering 48-39.

Cushing, coached by Travis Doughty, includes Landon Benner, Logan Meklin, Ben Tripp, Kavie Maloney, Dominick Tobey, Alex Collins, Isaiah Meklin, Devin Secotte, Blane Poland, Hunter Monroe, Jace Doughty and Jakob Doherty.

Fuller, coached by Dan Jacques, includes Miles Murray, Duncan Natale, Victor Shabani, Ian Erskline, Alex Bartlett, Max Crute, Melvin Dennis, Nate Thompson, Rhys Jones and Hayden Jacques.

Mid-Knight, coached by Luke Knight, includes Abby Waterman, Grace Van Buskirk, Riley Wellman, Colette Black, Justice Gendron, Alexa Finley and Aliza Gamage.

Brooks Trap Mill, coached by Garth Hersey, includes Alidia Hatch, Grace Webber, Hannah Erickson, Carly Hussey, Jillian Barnard, Abby Hersey, Alaina Prior, Angelina Grigor, Holly Davis, Emily Sykes and Dasia Hustus.

Boys final, semifinals

In the championship game, Fuller led 9-6 after one quarter, but Cushing gained a 16-13 edge at halftime. Fuller regained a 28-24 cushion at the third-quarter break. However, Cushing outscored Fuller 13-7 in the fourth quarter to secure the crown.

Keying the champs were Isaiah Meklin with 13 points; Benner, eight; Logan Meklin and Collins, six; and Maloney, two. The team made 3-of-8 foul shots (38 percent).

For Fuller, Bartlett tossed in 21 points; while Jones and Jacques added six and Natale two. The team made 7-of-10 foul shots (70 percent).

Earlier in the playoffs, Cushing beat Machias 59-52, as Machias led 11-6 after one quarter, but trailed 24-22 at halftime and 45-39 after three quarters.

For Cushing, Collins scored 19 points; Isaiah Meklin, 18; Logan Meklin, 10; Benner, eight; and Maloney and Secotte, two.

For Machias, Carter Galley poured in 22 points; Cody Benner, eight; Logan Brazier, seven; Cohen Galley, seven; and Larry Robbins, six.

Also Fuller bested St. George, as the team led 18-13, 29-21 and 43-41 at the breaks.

For Fuller, Jacques and Barltett tossed in an amazing 27 points; while Jones and Natale added six.

For St. George, Jack Elwell tallied 23 points; Zeke Miller, nine; Nathan Iliffe, six; Colby Hooper, three; and Dylan Benner and Connor Curtis, two.

Girls final, semifinals

In the championship game, Mid-Knight drove to a 13-2 first-quarter lead and never looked in the rear view mirror. The champs led 16-10 at halftime and 28-10 after three stanzas.

Waterman was tough to stop as she scored 19 points to key Mid-Knight. Wellman added six points; Black, four; and Van Buskirk, one. The team made 2-of-7 free throws (29 percent).

For Brooks, Hussey scored six points; Sykes and Hersey, four; Hatch and Erickson, two; and Davis, one. The team made 1-of-7 foul shots (14 percent).

Earlier in the playoffs, Brooks beat Fisher Engineering 48-39, after leading 14-2, 24-13 and 37-29 at the breaks.

Hussey scored 16 points; Sykes; 10; Hatch, six; Webber adn Davis, four; and Barnard, Erickson and Prior, two.

For Fisher, Audrey Mackie tallied an impressive 26 points; while Searra Hansen added seven; Lexi Knowlton, four; and Asia Libby, two.

Also, Mid-Knight outlasted St. George 25-18, after leading 10-3, 18-11 and 18-16 at the breaks.

For the winners, Waterman scored 11 points; Wellman and Black, six; and Gendron, two.

For St. George, Breannah Morris scored six points; Mya Simmons, four; Gwen Miller and Ella Wirkala, three.

Midcoast Youth Basketball League
Midcoast Youth Basketball League championship game on Feb. 11 in Rockland. (Video by: Ken Waltz and Holly Vanorse Spicer)
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