SANFORD — It took until the final seconds, but Sanford finally was able to secure its first victory of the season on Monday, as the Spartans held on for a 54-52 victory over Noble in an SMAA boys basketball game at Veterans Memorial Gymnasium.

Frank Veino sank two free throws with 11 seconds left for Sanford (1-5), which loomed large as the Spartans fouled Noble’s Nolan Smeeton while attempting a 3-pointer down three with 1.6 seconds left. But Smeeton could only make 1-3 from the line as the Knights (0-6) still search for their first victory.

Smeeton led the Knights with 17 points, while the Spartans were paced by Connor Yuill (19) and Tye Laviolette (16).

WINDHAM 72, BIDDEFORD 54

BIDDEFORD — Patrick Pearl scored a career-high 24 points, but it wasn’t enough for host Biddeford to hold off an efficient-shooting Windham in a 72-54 loss in an SMAA boys basketball game at Tiger Gymnasium on Monday.

The Eagles (4-2) made eight 3-pointers and were 18-22 from the free-throw line as they pulled away after a close first half.

Jason Vadnais chipped in 10 points for the Tigers (1-5), while Austin Dutremble scored eight – paced by a pair of 3-pointers.

Girls Hockey

YORK 1, BIDDEFORD 0

BIDDEFORD — Katherine Bertolini scored a power-play goal with 50 seconds left in regulation to lift visiting York to a 1-0 victory over Biddeford in a Western Maine girls hockey game at Biddeford Ice Arena on Monday.

Addison Fredette assisted on the goal for the Wildcats.

Sophia Stephens stopped all 23 shots she faced for York, while Ailaina Keely turned away 22 of 23 shots for the Tigers.



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