The Georges Valley boys basketball team has been fighting tooth and nail all season to remain in the Western Class C playoff picture and another hard-nosed, 32-minute effort Wednesday night against Lisbon helped the Buccaneers’ postseason quest stay in focus.

With a solid all-around performance, the Buccaneers (4-5) kept the Greyhounds of Lisbon Falls at arm’s length for most of the night, which resulted in a 50-40 win.

While a win over Lisbon, which is winless (0-9) and last in Western Class B may not seem like much on the surface, the improving Bucs will take any victory over a Mountain Valley Conference Class B opponent.

Georges Valley is seventh (13.0556 Heal Points) in the most recent Maine Principals’ Association Heal Point Standings for Western Class C.

On Wednesday, the Bucs led 14-8, 25-18 and 35-30 at the quarter breaks before shaking off the pesky Greyhounds over the final eight minutes.

Pacing the Bucs were Ben Wallace with 15 points; Dylan Maloney, 12; Logan Cross, nine; Alex Grierson, five; Frnkie Colletti, three; and Alec Young, Dean Cline and Ketch Cowan, all two. Georges Valley made three 3-pointers, two from Wallace and one from Cross, and netted 15-of-25 free throws (60 percent).

Young finiished with 10 rebounds; Cross four rebounds; Cowan three assists; Grierson 11 rebounds and a whopping 10 blocked shots; Colletti nine caroms; Maloney eight rebounds and three steals; Wallace five assists and three blocks; and David Arsenault four rebounds.

For the Greyhounds, Scott Eck netted 18 points; Mike Degou, six; Tobey Harrington and Steve Obie, both four; Chris Whitney, three. Andy Tupper and Alex Branson, both two; and Ethan Audie, one. Lisbon made three 3-pointers, including two from Eck, and sunk 9-of-18 free throws (50 percent).

In the first half, Wallace netted eight points and Maloney six to push the Bucs in front to stay. In the second half, Wallace scored seven points, Maloney six and Cross five for the hosts.

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Village NetMedia Regional Editor/Sports Director Ken Waltz can be reached by phone at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail at kwaltz@villagesoup.com.