Central Maine wins 74-67
by the Beacon Sports Staff
Sunday’s Yankee Small College Conference basketball championship game between Central Maine Community College Mustangs and Southern Maine Community College SeaWolves lived up to all the expectations a championship game would have.
The largest lead SMCC sported was four in the first quarter; Central Maine’s largest lead would be eight in the third quarter. The contest was so close that after three quarters of play, the SeaWolves held a one-point lead (50-49). The teams found themselves tied 16 times and there were 18 lead change, a line that will not make it into the statistic box.
The Wolves opened the final quarter of play padding their one-point lead to three on an Elise Hebert layup. CMCC would respond with a three-pointer of their own, curtesy of Kristen Huntress, knotting the score at 52. The Mustangs would take a one-point lead on a free throw. SMCC’s Amanda Brett, who earned Offensive Player Award for the tournament, would push the Wolves lead back to three on a layup and a jump shot. The Mustang’s responded by scoring the next four points, grabbing another one-point lead (57-56) with a bit more than five minutes remaining.
Freshman Marley Groat would drain two consecutive three-pointers tying Central Maine and giving the Wolves a three-point lead with 4:14 left in the contest. It would take the Mustangs 2:07 seconds to knot the score at 62 and take a one-point lead on Rebecca Devila’s free throws. The SeaWolves would be outscored 12-5 in the closing minutes of the game as the Wolves were forced to send Central Maine to the line in order to get the ball back after they failed to find offensive answers when the Wolves had the ball. Central Maine would score their final 13 points of the game from the free throw line.
With the win, Central Maine received an automatic bid to the United States Collegiate Athletic Association National tournament in Uniontown, Pennsylvania. The tournament is scheduled to take place March 7-11. According to unnamed sources the SMCC women’s squad will receive an at-large bid to the national tournament. The Beacon wishes the Lady’s squad, as well as the men’s squad, the best of luck in Uniontown.