Basketball title games coming to Portland’s CIA

The Maine Principals’ Association and America East have worked out an agreement that will allow the Class AA and Class A state championship games to be held at the Cross Insurance Arena this year.

America East will hold its tournament, including quarterfinal and semifinal games, at the CIA in Portland on March 3 and 4, with practices scheduled for March 1 and 2.

The MPA and America East agreed to have the practices end by 4 p.m. on March 1 and 2, allowing the Class AA and Class A title games to be played at the CIA later on those nights.

The Class A boys’ and girls’ title games will be held on Thursday, March 1, at CIA; the Class AA boys’ and girls’ title games will be held on Friday, March 2, at CIA with a split session.

“The concession that America East afforded us to that they decided to arrange all their practice sessions earlier in the day on Thursday and Friday, and they would give up the facility for the evening,” said Dick Durost, the executive director of the MPA. “This is something we’ve talked about for several months.

“This really is a win for everyone involved.”

The MPA was unable to hold any of its state championship games in Portland last year because of a conflict with the America East tournament schedule.

The Class B state championship games will be held in Bangor on Friday, March 2. The Class C and Class D state championship games will be held at the Augusta Civic Center on Saturday, March 3.


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