Oceanside, Camden Hills to battle for KVAC Class B crownNo. 1 Mariners, No. 2 Windjammers meet Feb. 8 at Cony High School
Augusta — As if two epic regular-season games were not enough, Midcoast high school boys basketball fans will get another dose of competitive court fun between Oceanside and Camden Hills as the Midcoast rivals will meet for the Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Class B championship on Saturday, Feb. 8 at 7 p.m. at Cony High School.
Perhaps the game will be a prelude to the Eastern Class B title game in the coming weeks at the new Cross Insurance Center in Bangor as the Mariners of Rockland/Thomaston will finish No. 1 and the Windjammers of Rockport No. 2 in the region.
But, first things first. The rivals will meet in Augusta on Saturday in what is sure to be a competitive affair, if the teams' two regular-season games and recent history are any indicators.
During the season, Oceanside defeated Camden Hills 84-67 in Rockland then the Windjammers returned the favor with an unbelievable 88-83 double-overtime victory in Rockport, a game which saw the Mariners lead late only to see Camden Hills make several unbelievable plays/shots and comebacks.
The KVAC title game participants are determined by the two league teams with the most Heal Points at the end of the regular season.
In the final Maine Principals' Association Heal Point Standings for Eastern Class B, Oceanside (16-2, 159.8765 points) is first and Camden Hills (15-3, 130.7099 points) second.
Morse of Bath (second in Western Class B, 14-4, 129.9691 points) made a late-season push to be the second team in the KVAC boys title game but fell just shy — 0.7408 of a point, in fact — of Camden Hills.
In the girls KVAC Class B title game, Nokomis of Newport (second in Eastern Class B, 18-0, 149.5370 points) will face Lincoln Academy of Newcastle (fourth in Western Class B, 15-3, 108.4877 points) at 5 p.m. at the same site.
Between championship games, the league's all-conference teams and players/coaches of the year will be announced.
The league championships always are fun warm-up act for the regional tournaments.
Midcoast boys teams have met several times for the league crown in recent years. For at least the last seven years, either Camden Hills, Rockland/Oceanside or Medomak Valley of Waldoboro have been in the KVAC Class B title game.
A little recent league boys court history:
2012-13 — Medomak Valley won by default over Oceanside (games not played due to weather).
2011-12 — Medomak Valley beat Gardiner.
2010-11 — Camden Hills beat Medomak Valley.
2009-10 — Camden Hills beat Mount View of Thorndike.
2008-09 — Camden Hills beat Rockland.
2007-08 — Camden Hills beat Maranacook of Readfield.