Presque Isle tops Medomak Valley for 'Summer Hoopfest' crownFive Town Basketball fundraiser July 18-20 draws teams from near and far
Presque Isle, one of the teams in the tournament that traveled the farthest — all the way from Aroostook County — took home the inaugural championship during the 2014 Camden Hills "Summer Hoopfest" Friday through Sunday, July 18-20.
The high school girls varsity basketball was a fundraiser for Five Town Basketball, which represents young court athletes from Camden, Rockport, Appleton, Lincolnville and Hope.
Presque Isle (8-0) beat Medomak Valley of Waldoboro (6-2) 80-66 in the championship game. Medomak Valley's only losses came to Presque Isle, which was 5-0 in the qualifying round and 3-0 in the playoffs.
There were 42 games played during the three-day event.
"Hoopfest went off without a hitch," said Juan Alcala, Five Town Basketball president. "Great turnout, great games."
Alcala said Five Town Basketball thanks the fans, coaches, players, volunteers and sponsors. "If it was not for everyone involved, this fundraiser would not be successful," he said.
Fourteen teams participated, including Presque Isle, Belfast, Medomak Valley of Waldoboro, Camden Hills, Lincoln Academy of Newcastle, Machias, Washington Academy of East Machias, Mount Desert Island, Central of East Corinth, Ellsworth, Mount View of Thorndike, John Bapst of Bangor, Oceanside of Rockland/Thomaston and Gardiner.
Games were played at Lincolnville Central School and Point Lookout in Northport.
While it was the 16th year of the "hoopfest" tournament, in the past it was a round robin format with no playoffs. However, that changed this year to a playoff format with the top eight teams qualifying for Sunday's final game and Presque Isle came out on top.
This year's event raised about $3,000 for the Five Town basketball program.
The game format for Friday and Saturday was two 20-minute running halves. The championship games on Sunday were four eight-minute quarters.
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