PURCHASE, N.Y — After the Sternmen suffered a loss in their first home contest in franchise history to the New York Generals 92-88 on Saturday, June 5, Midcoast had more than three weeks to regroup before another court battle ensued between the squads — this time far from the coast of Maine.

After an hours-long ride out of New England, the Sternmen, a professional men’s basketball team, faced off against the undefeated Generals on the road on Saturday, June 25, and had another contest which came down to the wire, but, this time, the final score was on Midcoast’s side in a 93-92 comeback victory.

Midcoast’s next contest, on Saturday, July 17 against Buffalo Blaze, will be at the Flanagan Community Center, on the corners of Limerock and Union streets, in Rockland. The Sternmen had planned to play home contests at Point Lookout in Northport before that gym closed.

On June 25, the Sternmen trailed 92-91 with 9.5 seconds to play, as the Generals attempted to get a shot to fall to increase their lead off an inbounds play with minuscule amount of time on the shot clock.

A deep three for New York from the top of the key did not fall, and Sternman Carter Skaggs was fouled as he went for the rebound.

To this point in the contest, Skaggs only made-baskets came from three-pointers, but Skaggs netted his only two free throws of the night to push Midcoast ahead 93-92 with 4.6 seconds remaining.

After a Generals’ timeout, New York got an excellent look from the right corner, as Shane Gatling put up a trey that rolled halfway down the cylinder, but came out. The Generals corralled the offensive rebound and put up another shot at the buzzer, which was too strong, as the Sternmen hung on.

New York (3-1) led 22-20 after one quarter, but Midcoast (2-2) came back and led 44-41 at halftime, while the Generals retook the advantage 71-67 after three stanzas.

Trevon Butler led the Sternmen offense with 33 points, while Skaggs added 20; Joey Puddister, Jaylen LeRoy and Kahlif Jackson, 11; Isaiah Brathwaite, three; Thomas Enerva, two; and Izaiah Winston-Brooks and Mike Akanji, one.

Midcoast drained 11 treys on the night, as Skaggs netted six —all of his field goals were three-pointers — Puddister, three; and LeRoy, one.

Ian Helps keyed New York with 15 points, as Brandon Johnson and Shane Gatling tallied 14; Isiah Wald, nine; Curtis Jenkins, seven; Tyree White, Brandon Johnson, Nikeem Deleon and Don Jarrett, six; Randy Stephens, four; Paris Purcell and Justin Kusiappouh, two; and Justin Iton, one.

Gatling and Brandon Johnson netted two treys on the night, while Brandon Johnson, Jarrett, Wald and Jenkins hit one.

Midcoast finished 23-of-32 (71 percent) from the foul line, while New York was 18-of-22 (81 percent).

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