Thursday, December 12, 2013
It was a sea of purple and white for the Class A boys' state final - those being the school colors for both Deering and Hampden Academy.
Prior to 2001, Deering had been in only one state basketball final, in 1937, when it lost to Winslow.
In the past 12 seasons, Deering has played in five state championship games, with the last three against Hampden Academy.
JOSH BRITTEN of Yarmouth has worn bandage strips on his right shoulder in recent games. That shoulder was operated on last year, and when the season began, he wondered how it would hold up.
Fortunately, he shoots left-handed. The shoulder was fine all season, although he did get it banged up in the final regular-season game against Falmouth, thus prompting the bandages for precautionary measures.
Britten, who scored 54 points in a game this season, started the Class B state final Friday night like he might challenge his career high. He scored his team's first nine points and had 22 at the half, but added only scored seven in the second half as Gardiner's constant defensive pressure tired him out a little. Still, it was one of the top performances in recent years in a state final.
Yarmouth won 65-53 for the school's second basketball state championship, and first since 1968.Tweet
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