Seventh-seeded Cape Elizabeth made 13 of 14 free throws in the fourth quarter and defeated No. 2 Spruce Mountain, 44-35, in a Class B South boys’ basketball quarterfinal Friday at the Portland Expo.

The Capers (8-11), led by Will Bowe with 15 points, advanced to meet No. 6 Wells on Tuesday at the Expo.

Cape Elizabeth got off a blistering start, making three 3-pointers in the first quarter. Bowe had 10 points, and Nate Mullen’s 3 at the horn made it 17-7.

Spruce Mountain (14-5) then settled down and held Cape Elizabeth scoreless for much of the second quarter. The Phoenix got as close as a point before another Bowe 3-pointer helped the Capers hold a 20-18 advantage at halftime.

After nearly five scoreless minutes to start the second half, the Phoenix took their first lead on a 3-pointer by Brandon Frey. Two Mullen free throws put Cape Elizabeth ahead to stay, however, and Nolan Smith scored five quick points to send the Capers to the fourth quarter with a 27-23 lead.

The Capers iced the win at the free-throw line and advanced to the semifinals for the sixth year in a row, giving longtime coach Jim Ray his 350th career victory.
Mullen finished with 11 points for Cape Elizabeth.

The Phoenix were paced by Frey with 10 points and Jack Bryant with eight.

WELLS 61, LISBON 36: Caleb Corey’s fourth 3-pointer that just beat the halftime buzzer staked the No. 6 Warriors (9-10) to a 30-21 halftime lead, and they used their rebounding dominance to break it open in the third quarter on their way to Class B South quarterfinal win over the third-seeded Greyhounds (10-9) at the Portland Expo.

Corey finished with 22 points, 16 in the first half. Gavyn Leighton added 19 points and Nate Chandler scored 11 for Wells.

Lisbon’s Mason Booker scored 10 points, all in the first half. DJ Douglass, a 1,000-point scorer, was held to nine points, six coming in the fourth quarter after Wells had built a 58-27 lead.

LAKE REGION 60, MOUNTAIN VALLEY 37: A buzzer-beating 3-pointer by Evan Willey at the end of the third quarter helped the fifth-seeded Lakers (9-10) pull away from the fourth-seeded Falcons (9-10) in a Class B South quarterfinal at the Portland Expo.

Willey, a 6-foot-6 junior who can play inside or on the perimeter, hit four 3-pointers and scored 26 points. Noah Duprey added 12 points.

Mountain Valley was paced by Cooper Davis with 14 points.

MARANACOOK 59, FREEPORT 57: The top-seeded Black Bears (17-2) held off determined No. 8 Freeport (10-9) in a Class B South quarterfinal at the Portland Expo.

Freeport tied the game 57-57 with 18 seconds to play on Gabe Wagner’s third 3-pointer of the quarter (and sixth of the game). Maranacook quickly took the ball down the court, and Cash McClure dished off to Joey Dupont for the winning hoop with 3.8 seconds to play.

Freeport then threw a long pass to Wagner, who got his legs tangled with Dupont while trying to catch the ball along the sideline. There was no foul call, the ball went out of bounds, and Maranacook was able to inbound and kill the clock.

Wagner finished with 21 points and Colby Arsenault added 13 for Freeport.

Tim Worster led Maranacook with 20 points. Dupont (15) and McClure (12) also scored in double figures.

Maranacook will face Lake Region at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. Lake Region beat the Black Bears in the second game of the regular season.

WASHINGTON ACADEMY 56, MCI 45: Cecil Gray dropped in 19 points to lead the third-seeded Raiders (14-5) to a Class B North quarterfinal win over the sixth-seeded Huskies (13-7) at Cross Insurance Center.

Jax Lin and Andon Wood each chipped in with 13 points. The Raiders outscored MCI 22-11 in a decisive second quarter, building a 36-20 lead.

Owen Williams led MCI with 15 points. Gavin McArthur scored 12.

ELLSWORTH 58, WINSLOW 51: Jackson Curtis scored 26 points as the second-seeded Eagles (16-3) held off the sixth-seeded Black Raiders (12-8) in a Class B North quarterfinal in Bangor.

Colby Pomeroy led Winslow with 19 points.


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