While many expected Friday’s night state Class B boys basketball championship between Eastern titlist Camden Hills and Western champion Falmouth to be a barnburner, no one could have predicted the type of game the thousands of screaming fans at the Bangor Auditorium would be treated to Friday night.

And while the Windjammers hoped to sail to their second straight state title, it was the Yachtsmen who set sea and knocked off the defending state champions. And Falmouth needed overtime to do it.

Falmouth held Camden Hills to just seven points in the second quarter and pulled away from the Windjammers in overtime as the Yachtsmen prevailed with a thrilling 72-65 victory.

The win gave Falmouth (21-1) its first state Class B boys basketball championship. Camden Hills’ season ends at 20-3 overall.

The Windjammers led 19-15 after the first eight minutes, before the Yachtsmen jumped ahead and took a 32-26 lead at intermission. Falmouth clung to a 51-50 lead after three quarters before Camden Hills drew even at 62-62 at the end of regulation.

The Yachtsmen then outscored the Windjammers 10-3 over the final four minutes in overtime.

Tyler McFarland, who fouled out of the contest with 8.3 seconds remaining in regulation, led all scorers in Friday’s state final with a whopping 34 points. Also scoring for the Windjammers were Keegan Pieri with 18 points; Cam Gartley, Jimmy Weferling and Casey Scott, all four; and Joel Gabriele, three.

For the Yachtsmen, Stefano Mancini dropped in 27 points, while Ryan Rogers added 14; Sam Horning and John Roberts, both 11; Jahrel Registe, two; and Michael Lafond, one.

“I thought we played great,” said Camden Hills coach Jeff Hart. “I thought we stepped up to the situation. When you’re on that type of a stage and you’re looking for your team to perform, and I thought we made our mistakes, but we’re a really good team.”

It was the eighth time since 1998 the Windjammers had played for the state title under coach Hart, winning in 1999, 2001, 2002, 2005 and 2009, while losing in 1998, 2007 and 2010. A Hart-led squad also played for the 1994 state crown, losing to Mountain Valley of Rumford.

“It feels great, and it feels extra special because we beat a very good team,” said Falmouth coach Dave Halligan. “When you play the best it makes it extra special and we see Camden [Hills] as the best team in the state.”

Camden Hills seemed content to sit back and shoot from the outside in the first half, which worked fine for the Windjammers in the first quarter when many of their shots found the net. However, after scoring just seven points in the second quarter, the Windjammers made an adjustment heading into the second half to attack the basket and to do so with their best player.

And McFarland attacked the rim in a big way.

The junior was immense in the second half, dropping in 20 points and seemingly willed Camden Hills back into the game it had been down as many as 10 points in the third quarter.

But when McFarland drew his fifth foul after getting tangled under the basket with Falmouth’s 6-foot-7-inch Roberts, Camden Hills managed only one hoop the rest of the way.

Roberts hit 1-of-2 free throws at the line to tie the game 62-62 and that gave Camden Hills a chance for a game-winning shot attempt with 6.7 seconds remaining.

The Falmouth defense did not allow Camden Hills much room, with a half-court heave by Pieri falling short as regulation ended and the four-minute overtime beckoned.

“We were going to just flatten out and let Keegan come [to the basket],” said Hart. “We took a little longer getting the ball inbounds than we wanted and we didn’t get much of a good look.”

Rogers scored on a runner in the lane to put Falmouth ahead 64-62 on the Yachtsmen’s first possession over overtime, while Pieri answered with a 3-pointer from the wing to put the Windjammers up by one point.

Mancini then put up a close-range shot that rattled out, but collected his own rebound and converted on the layup to give Falmouth the lead it would not relinquish.

Scott came up with a key block on a layup attempt from Rogers that triggered a Camden Hills fastbreak, which ended on a missed field goal attempt from Gabriele. After a tussle for the loose ball ended with the ball in the hands of Horning, the 6-4 senior flung it backwards over the Camden Hills defense and in stride to a streaking Rogers, who laid in a pivotal hoop for the Yachtsmen.

“That was a momentum changer right there,” said Halligan.

Mancini then iced the game with four free throws over the final 1:02.

After Registe scored on a tip-in to start the fourth quarter, McFarland converted on a pretty spin move in the lane followed by another wide-open layup after faking out a Falmouth defender underneath with roughly five minutes to go.

Then Mancini, who had been sitting on the bench with four fouls since midway through the third quarter, reentered the game and immediately made an impact for the Yachtsmen. The sharp-shooting senior hit two free-throws followed by a 3-pointer over McFarland to put Falmouth up 58-54.

McFarland then scored the next six points — four of which came at the line and the other on an off-balance runner in transition — to give Camden Hills a brief two-point lead with 1:28 remaining.

Roberts then converted on a 3-point play after tipping in an offensive rebound on a shot attempt from Rogers to give Falmouth back the lead, but Pieri drained a jumper from the foul-line extended with 33 seconds left to put Camden Hills up 62-61.

That set the stage for Falmouth’s final possession, which resulted in McFarland’s fifth foul.

Despite the disappointment of falling in the state final, coach Hart felt his team played well against the talented Yachtsmen and already has his sights set on next season.

“We’ll be back,” he said. “We’ll be back in [the state title game] next year.”

Pieri and McFarland combined to score the first 16 points of the game for the ‘Jammers, with Gabriele canning a 3-pointer to end the first-quarter scoring for the Eastern Class B champs.

The Yachtsmen defeated No. 7 York 59-49 and undefeated No. 3 Mountain Valley 67-37 before taking the Western B crown from the top-seeded Capers 53-40 Feb. 20.

The Windjammers defeated No. 9 Mount Desert Island 54-39 in the quarterfinals, emerged victorious over No. 5 Medomak Valley 69-48 in the semifinals and sailed past No. 2 Ellsworth 82-49 to clinch the Eastern Class B title.

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VillageSoup Associate Sports Director Mark Haskell can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail at mhaskell@villagesoup.com.