February 22, 2013

Western Class C boys' basketball: Boothbay gets in gear, pulls away from Madison

The top-seeded Seahawks get a stern challenge but take control late to earn a 55-41 victory.

By Paul Betit pbetit@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

AUGUSTA - Top-seeded Boothbay Region finally got into its transition game late in the third quarter and pulled away from fourth-seeded Madison for a 55-41 win in a Western Class C boys' basketball semifinal Thursday night at the Augusta Civic Center.

click image to enlarge

Boothbay's John Hepburn, left, defends Madison's Dylan Price during a Western Class C boys' basketball semifinal Thursday at the Augusta Civic Center. Boothbay broke away from a 35-35 tie to earn a 55-41 victory.

Joe Phelan/Kennebec Journal

click image to enlarge

Austin Kane of Madison shoots as Andrew Hallinan of Boothbay holds his ground in a Western Class C semifinal in Augusta. Top-seeded Boothbay won, 55-43.

Joe Phelan/Kennebec Journal

More tournament coverage:

John Hepburn, a sophomore, scored 20 points to help send the Seahawks into Saturday night's regional final against second-seeded Waynflete.

Boothbay (18-3) started the fourth quarter with an 8-2 run to open a 50-39 lead.

"We got in transition a little bit and got some baskets before they had a chance to set up their defense," Boothbay Coach I.J. Pinkham said. "When both teams are playing a zone defense like that it's really a drag. It doesn't go very fast and that tends to slow us down."

The teams looked like mirror images through the first three quarters. Boothbay point guard Anthony DiMauro put in an offensive rebound with 1:25 left in the third quarter to snap a 35-35 tie and put the Seahawks ahead for good.

"In the second half we rebounded a lot better," Pinkham said. "We didn't give up many second shots. They got one shot and then we got the rebound, and that was a big difference in the second half."

Madison (12-8) scored just one basket in the fourth quarter, and that came when Steven Lawrence put in an offensive rebound with 14 seconds left.

The Seahawks held a 26-25 lead at the end of the first half.

Madison was up 25-18 after Raymond Miller sank his second 3-pointer in less than two minutes, but Boothbay finished the first half with an 8-0 run.

A lot of Hepburn's points came on offensive rebounds.

"He misses a number of shots but he follows them up," Pinkham said. "He's there all the time putting them back up."

Hepburn, a 6-foot-2 forward, simply wouldn't give up on the ball.

"You just can't get down when you miss (a shot)," he said. "You just have to go back and get it, and I don't quit until the ball's in."

The Seahawks also got 13 points from Andrew Hallinan and 10 from DiMauro.

Lawrence and Austin Kane each scored 11 points for Madison.

Staff Writer Paul Betit can be contacted at 791-6424 or at:


Twitter: PaulBetitPPH


Were you interviewed for this story? If so, please fill out our accuracy form

Send question/comment to the editors

Further Discussion

Here at PressHerald.com we value our readers and are committed to growing our community by encouraging you to add to the discussion. To ensure conscientious dialogue we have implemented a strict no-bullying policy. To participate, you must follow our Terms of Use.

Questions about the article? Add them below and we’ll try to answer them or do a follow-up post as soon as we can. Technical problems? Email them to us with an exact description of the problem. Make sure to include:
  • Type of computer or mobile device your are using
  • Exact operating system and browser you are viewing the site on (TIP: You can easily determine your operating system here.)



Clearing the Bases - Friday
Pitching, pitching, pitching

More PPH Blogs

Winter sports 2013-2014

High School Football 2013

Fall sports photos