There were a bundle of high school basketball games on the docket Thursday night with the end of the regular season scheduled for Friday, Feb. 5. While some Midcoast teams are gearing up for their respective regional playoffs, set to begin next week, others were hoping to wrap up their seasons with strong finishes Thursday.

The following is a recap of reported games:


Vinalhaven 61, North Haven 25 … At North Haven, the Vikings handed the Hawks a lopsided loss, as the visitors look forward to the Western Class D playoffs. Vinalhaven led 23-8, 33-10 and 43-13 at the quarter breaks.

Bobby Beckman tossed in 17 points for the winners, while Ryan Jones added 15; Dana Tolman, seven; Justin Newton and Brian Stanley, both five; Nathan Hopkins, four; and Tyler Chilles, two.

Riley Venger netted nine points for the Hawks, while Jack Walker and Chase MacDonald each added six; and Jeremy Page and Craig Waterman both two.

Vinalhaven was 3-of-9 (33 percent) from the foul line, while North Haven did not attempt a free throw.

The Vikings (10-6, 63.9803 points)) are sixth in Western Class D, while the Hawks (1-13, 1.1905 points) are 13th and will not make the playoffs. Richmond (15-1, 87.2825) is the top team in the 14-team region. The top eight teams qualify for the playoffs in Western Class D.

Vinalhaven will likely play No. 3 Valley of Bingham (11-6, 82.1126 points) in the quarterfinals of the regional tournament the week of Feb. 15-20 at the Augusta Civic Center. During the regular season, the Vikings split two games with Valley, winning 49-38 and losing 48-45.

Medomak Valley 60, Lincoln Academy 56 (OT) … The Panthers ended the campaign on a positive note with a hard-fought overtime victory over the host Eagles of Newcastle. The game was tied 47-47 at the end of regulation.

The Panthers shot lights out in the overtime, including hitting all five floor shots, two of them 3-pointers. “It was a total team effort tonight,” said Medomak Valley coach Nick DePatsy. “Everyone chipped in on both ends of the court. Our seniors stepped up and led us tonight. Isaac Durkee had a tremendous game too.”

Durkee paced the Panthers, who led 12-8, 23-16 and 34-30 at the quarter breaks, with 20 points, while Alex MacKenzie added 11; Jason Vinal, nine; Dan Aubel, eight;  and Alden Ahlholm, Isaac Greenrose and Dustin Osier, all four. Medomak Valley netted six 3-pointers, including three from Durkee and two from Vinal, while also making 8-of-18 free throws (44 percent).

MacKenzie also grabbed 11 rebounds, Ahlholm six caroms, Durkee made six steals and Vinal dished out five assists.

For the Eagles, Brandon Reilly had 13 points; Andrew Feltis, 11; Ben McLain and Ethan Wajer, both 10; Everett Martin, nine; and Pat Mullin, three. Lincoln Academy netted three 3-pointers and 15-of-22 free throws (68 percent).

Durkee was immense in overtime for the Panthers as he scored seven points. Vinal and Durkee both netted treys in the extra frame.

The Panthers appear a lock for the fifth spot in the upcoming Eastern Class B playoffs. Medomak Valley (14-4, 110.1852 points) is fifth and Ellsworth (14-3, 120.9877 points) fourth. It appears the Eagles will stay in that spot, but might move up to third with a final win Friday, Feb. 5. Thus, the Panthers will play either Ellsworth or Presque Isle (17-1, 123.4568 points), which is currently third, in the quarterfinals on the weekend of Feb. 12-13 at the Bangor Auditorium.

Camden Hills (16-2, 140.4321 points) sits atop the region. The top 10 squads in the 19-team region qualify for the playoffs, with Nos. 7-10 and Nos. 8-9 facing off in prelims playoffs.

Lincoln Academy (11-7, 83.1790 points) is sixth in Western Class B and is playoff-bound.

Sumner 77, Searsport 67 … At Searsport, the host Vikings could not hang with the visiting Tigers in the final game of the regular season and fell by a 10-point margin. Sumner led 16-12, 39-26 and 64-46 at the quarter breaks.

Rocky Faunce poured in 27 points for the Vikings, while Shane Seekins added 14; Evan Kingsbury, 13; Buddy Ellis, six; James Seekins, five; and Allen Connor, two.

Brett Deniger netted 28 points to lead the Tigers, while Gabe O’Brien added 12 and Matt Dyer and Tommy Bell both 10.

The Vikings (5-13, 16.5123 points) are 16th in Eastern Class C, while Sumner (7-11, 24.8184) is 11th. Washington Academy of East Machias (17-1, 118.9542) is the top team in the 20-team region. The top 10 teams qualify for postseason play.


Vinalhaven 56, North Haven 28 … At North Haven, the visitors doubled up the host Hawks as they prepare to participate in the Western Class D playoffs — in the first or second spots — beginning next week. Vinalhaven led 15-8, 31-14 and 45-20 at the quarter breaks.

Jenn Guptill led the Vikings with 12 points, while Chelsey Moyer and Izza Drury each added eight; Amelia Davidson and Ashley Hamilton, both six; Alex Slivinsky, four; and Alana Watt, Bianca Barroso, Chrissy Martin, Blake Reidy, Eliza Davidson and Jenny Candage, all two.

Olivia Brown paced North Haven with nine points, while Abigail Campbell added eight; Erin Cooper and Cody Joyce, both four; and Leta Hallowell, three.

Vinalhaven netted 3-of-8 free throws (38 percent), while North Haven made 4-of-11 (36 percent).

The Vikings (14-2, 93.0377 points) currently are the top team in Western Class D, but could drop to second with No. 2 Greenville and No. 3 Richmond facing off Friday, Feb. 5 to end the regular season. The top eight teams qualify for the playoffs in the 16-team region. The Hawks (8-8, 23.9599 points) currently are ninth, but might sneak into the postseason. The Hawks are less than a Heal Point — 0.4672 of a point — behind eighth-place Greater Portland Christian.

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