The Undefeated Spruce Mountain Phoenix of Jay defeated the Lisbon Greyhounds 41-25 to capture the 2022 MVC Boys Basketball Championship. Spruce Mountain had defeated Lisbon 56-55 in their only meeting during the regular season, and the Greyhounds were looking for revenge.
In a defensively postured game, Spruce Mountain jumped out to a 13-1 first quarter lead behind Frosh sensation Jace Bessey’s 8 points.
The teams swapped hoops in the second period and the Phoenix went into the half-time break with a 21-9 lead.
It was Lisbon who turned up the defense in the third period, holding the Phoenix to single baskets by Bessey and Owen Bryant. Sophmore Caden Boone scored 8 points for Lisbon in that stanza to cut the deficit to 25-19.
But Bryant, a senior, scored 10 of his 14 points in the fourth period as the Phoenix outscored the Greyhounds 16-6 to give the Jay squad the victory and the league title.
Bessey also scored 14 points for Spruce Mountain with sophomore Ian York chipping in with 6. Boone led Lisbon with 12 points, with Levi Tibbets scoring 6 and senior Mason Booker adding 5.
The 17-0 Phoenix will enter the Maine Principals Association’s tournament as the #1 seed in Southern Maine Class B. Lisbon, 14-3, is the #5 seed in that division.
The undefeated Hall-Dale girls, ranked #1 in Southern Maine Class C, defeated the Carrabec Cobras 46-36 to capture the 2022 Mountain Valley Conference Basketball title. In the game played at Lewiston High School, The Bulldogs jumped out to a 20-7 lead after the first quarter behind the scoring of KK Wills, who had 8 points in the stanza.
The Hall-Dale defense continued to stymie the Cobras in the second period and held a commanding 32-16 halftime lead behind Hayden Madore's 11 points.
Carrabec’s defense stiffened in the third period, but they were only able to outscore the Bulldogs 7-6.
In the final period, Carrabec got 6 points from Molly Hay and 5 from Cheyenne Cahill and outscored Hall-Dale 12-8. But it was not enough to overcome the first-half deficit and Hall-Dale remained perfect on the season and are the MVC Champions.
In their only meeting during the regular season in December, Hall-Dale beat Carrabec 50-48.
Madore finished with 17 points for Hall-Dale to lead all scorers. Amanda Trepanier scored 10 and Wills finished with 9.
Hay led the Cobras with 11 points. Cahill scored 10 before fouling out and Courtney Rollins chipped in with 8.