The Georges Valley boys basketball team picked the best possible time to play its best of the 2009-10 season and that stellar performance Wednesday night has earned the Buccaneers a trip to the coveted Augusta Civic Center to essentially play one of their own.

The No. 9 Buccaneers (10-9) pulled out a stunning 66-61 double-overtime win over host and No. 8 St. Dominic (11-8) Wednesday in a Western Class C prelim playoff game.

With the dramatic victory, the Bucs will move on to face No. 1 Livermore Falls (15-3) on Monday, Feb. 15 at 8:30 p.m. in a quarterfinal playoff game in Augusta. The Andies are coached by Travis Magusson, a GVHS graduate and former standout three-sport athlete for the Bucs.

“Going up to Augusta is kind of a big venue and hopefully we can control ourselves and do what we need to do,” said Georges Valley coach Scott Johnson.

Interestingly, the quarterfinal game will pit Magnusson and current Buc coach Johnson against one another. Magnusson and Johnson, both Buc alums, are the first and second all-time scorers in GVHS basketball history.

“The main thing we want to do is be competitive, not beat ourselves,” said Johnson. “[Livermore Falls is] number one [and] we met them earlier in the year [and] they beat us by 25 in their gym.”

Georges Valley earned a trip to Augusta thanks to a comeback and the heroics of several Bucs on Wednesday in Lewiston.

St. Dom’s led 13-5 after one quarter before the Bucs roared back to within 16-14 at halftime. The Bucs led 30-28 after three quarters before regulation ended in a 46-46 tie. The first four-minute overtime ended in a 53-53 deadlock before the Bucs outscored the Saints 13-8 in the second overtime.

“I think were pretty evenly matched overall when you get right down to it,” said Johnson. He continued by saying his team, last night and most nights, “play hard. The guys really play hard.”

St. Dom’s coach Ryan Deschenes felt similarly. “We made some plays, they made some plays and fortunately, for them, they made some bigger plays down the stretch.”

Keying the offensive charge for the Bucs were Logan Cross with 23 points, Ben Wallace 18, Alex Grierson 16, Dylan Maloney six and Daniel Arsenault three. Georges Valley made 12-of-23 free throws (52 percent). Cross, Wallace and Grierson were superb for 32 minutes, with Grierson dominating the boards.

For the Saints, Peter Keaney tossed in a game-high 34 points followed by Nathan Poulin with 11 points; Chris Bryant with seven; Tim Day, six; Kurt Johnson, two; and TJ Novella, one.

St. Dom’s made 15-of-24 foul shots (63 percent).

“Overall, we rebounded well, we played very good defense [and] we did a very good job,” Johnson said. “We could have shot foul shots a little bit better, but we can work on that stuff.”

While the first half was close, the game did not really heat up until the second half. Then, it was categorized a bouncing lead back and forth with plenty of tied scores in between.

There were plenty of heroics in the game. At the end of regulation, with the hosts leading 46-44, Cross converted a layup for the Bucs with 3.4 seconds remaining to force OT and preserve the Buc season.

The first overtime started out in the Bucs’ favor, but the Saints were hot on their heels. With Georges Valley leading 53-51 at the end of the first overtime, Keaney scored with 3/10ths of a second left to tie the game 53-53 and force the second OT.

The second overtime took a more definitive turn, hailed in by a 3-point shot from Cross. From there, the Bucs kept themselves one step ahead of the Saints and sealed the win.

“We can’t hang our heads for our effort,” said Deschenes. “We were really, really resilient. We could have folded in, we could have said ‘Hey, it was a good season, we’ll fold it in,’ but we fought back [and] gave ourselves a chance to win.”

The Bucs lost two regular-season games to the Saints, including 59-54 Dec. 4 in a season-opening clash and 53-42 Jan. 8. Georges Valley lost to Livermore Falls 62-35 in the teams’ lone regular-season meeting.

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