AUGUSTA — Any chance of a comeback from the Messalonskee boys’ basketball team came crashing down from distance in the span of 1 minute, 12 seconds.

Oceanside’s Keenan Hendricks, Nick Mazurek and Nate Raye each sank 3-pointers during that span to push a six-point lead up to 15 midway through the fourth quarter, and the Mariners secured a 64-51 win in a Class A North quarterfinal Saturday night at the Augusta Civic Center.

Oceanside, the No. 5 seed, shot 9 of 19 on 3-pointers and was led by Hendricks, who finished with 21 points to go along with five rebounds. Sam Atwood sank a trio of 3-pointers on his way to 11 points and seven rebounds, while Mazurek added eight points and eight rebounds.

Fourth-seeded Messalonskee – which was limited to 35.3 percent shooting – got 14 points and nine rebounds from James Lathrop. Nate Violette finished with 17 points.

“We got a lot of the shots we wanted,” said Messalonskee Coach Peter McLaughlin. “Typically we hit those shots and I don’t know if it’s the floor, I don’t know what it is, but my thing is we gave up 60-odd points tonight against a team that we had to limit offensively. When they weren’t hitting their outside shots, they were dominating the paint with offensive rebounds.

“We didn’t do the little things that need to be done to advance in this tournament. Unfortunately, that’s what it comes down to.”


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