Unlike the Augusta Civic Center, where Oceanside has realized remarkable postseason success over the years, that has not been the case for the Mariners at the Cross Insurance Center.

In fact, some would say the relatively-new Bangor facility is the Rockland-based team's house of horrors.

On so many levels, the CIC certainly has not been a home away from home for Oceanside.

That venue again was not kind to the Mariners on Saturday morning, as No. 4 Oceanside (13-6) lost 58-52 in overtime to No. 5 Maine Central Institute of Pittsfield (15-4) in a Class B North high school boys basketball quarterfinal playoff game.

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Oceanside and MCI split on the regular season as the Mariners earned a 69-41 win on Jan. 17 in Rockland, while the Huskies grabbed a 58-54 victory on Feb. 1 in Pittsfield.

On Saturday, the teams were tied 43-43 after regulation, before MCI outscored Oceanside 15-11 in the four extra minutes.

Oceanside is 0-4 in the building — losing twice in overtime — and lost those four games by a combined 18 points.

Those defeats were: 58-52 in overtime to MCI in 2019, 39-38 to Winslow in 2018, 46-40 to Winslow in 2015 and 68-63 in overtime to Hermon in 2014. In other recent years, the Mariners realized strong success when in postseason games played in Augusta.

Oceanside coach Matt Breen downplayed being snakebit by the CIC building.

“It has more to do with us,” he said. “We have to execute. It’s a nice arena, it’s a great place to play. We’ve just got to execute and, I have to make better play calls and we need to make better decisions and we didn’t do that today.”

In Saturday's playoff encounter, Oceanside, which was ahead 8-7, 25-17 and 33-29 at the quarter breaks, led by as many as eight points in the second half.

For the Mariners, Cooper Wirkala tallied 18 points; Jack Lombardo 11; Amos Anderson and Jaden Martin, eight; and Trevor Reed, seven. Oceanside made 10-of-14 free throws (71 percent) and six 3-pointers, including three from Lombardo, two from Martin and one from Wirkala.

Wirkala, who became the first Mariner boy (and second player ever in school history, along with Kennadi Grover) to reach 1,000 career points, made all seven of his free throws in the game, including six in OT.

For MCI, Jaroslav Ruta tallied 22 points to lead the charge, while Joe Cloutier added 10; Hayden Caldwell and Gavin McArthur, eight; Daniel Garamvolgyi, seven; and Matt Glidden, three. The Huskies were 11-of-21 (52 percent) from the foul line and got treys from Garamvolgyi and Cloutier.

The Mariners did a superb job in the first half containing MCI taller interior players — 6-foot 6-inch Jose Ignacio Montes-Valverde and 6-4 Ruta — particularly Anderson, who had nice blocked and altered shots, but Ruta took over at times in the second half and aided the Huskies in negating an eight-point deficit as time wound down toward the end of regulation.

“On defense we just needed to work to get around [Ruta],” said Breen. "[If] we get around, he doesn’t catch on the block and he doesn’t score. We were a little slow doing that. We gave up too many offensive rebounds, we didn’t control the boards like we were supposed to. And then offensively we had that 8-point lead…we weren’t trying not to score, we were trying to open up lanes for penetration.”

Oceanside had two key turnovers in the final 1:21 of overtime as MCI continued to hit foul shots and kept the Mariners at arm's-length.

In overtime, Cloutier converted a nice up-and-under move in the paint to give MCI a 45-43 lead. Caldwell followed with two foul shots to make it 47-43 and McAuther scored on the low block to give the surging Huskies a 49-43 advantage.

The Mariners called timeout, but, it appeared, the damage had been done.

Oceanside tried to stay alive as Wirkala drilled a 3-pointer with 1:55 left to make it 49-46, but McAuthur's hoop in transition made it 51-46.

Wirkala added two free throws — to close the gap to three points (51-48) — with 1:32 left.

But, perhaps the pivotal moment of the extra time came when Ruta scored with 1:23 left to make it 53-48 and his foul-shot attempt, to complete the conventional three-point play, missed, but the Mariners could not control the rebound and MCI retained possession.

Oceanside had trouble getting the ball back before Cloutier made two free throws, but the second was negated due to a violation, which gave MCI a 54-48 lead with 59.1 seconds left.

Wirkala answered with two foul shots seven seconds later, but Ruta scored down low to make it 56-50 before Ruta fouled out with 27.2 seconds remaining.

Again, Wirkala, not to be denied in crunch time, answered the bell with two more foul shots to bring the Mariners within 56-52, but the higher seed got no closer, as Caldwell netted two free throws with 19.4 seconds left for the 58-52 final.

Oceanside will graduate seniors Reed, Lombardo, Wirkala, Anderson, Dustin Cote, Martin and Zach Cody from this year's squad.

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