Bucks Out Duel Eagles



BUCKSPORT — For two periods on Thursday, it appeared that the GSA Eagles would avenge an earlier loss.

Bucksport’s Brandon Flegel struggles to maintain his balance as he eyes the basket during the Golden Bucks’ come-from-behind 48-45 win over the George Stevens Academy Eagles.—HUGH BOWDEN
Bucksport’s Brandon Flegel struggles to maintain his balance as he eyes the basket during the Golden Bucks’ come-from-behind 48-45 win over the George Stevens Academy Eagles.—HUGH BOWDEN

BUCKSPORT — For two periods on Thursday, it appeared that the GSA Eagles would avenge an earlier loss.

But the Golden Bucks had other ideas.

Playing on their home court, the Golden Bucks rallied from a 10-point halftime deficit to nip the Eagles 48-45.

With junior Tom Crowe scoring 10 of his 17 points in the first period, the Eagles jumped in front 14-6 before Bucksport’s Cody Farrell hit a three-pointer ahead of the buzzer.

The Eagles held the Golden Bucks to just six points in the second period, and a pull-up jumper and two foul shots by Liam Russell gave the Eagles a 25-15 lead going into the halftime break.

But the Eagles had trouble penetrating the Bucksport zone defense in the second half, and the shots began falling for the Golden Bucks.

Bucksport cut the GSA lead to 32-29 by the end of the third period, and finally tied the game at 33-all when senior Coty Walker banked a shot off the glass at the 5:55 mark of the fourth quarter.

After GSA’s Elias Spriner put the Eagles back in front with a pair of free throws, Bucksport’s Cody Farrell hit a foul shot, then connected on a three-pointer to give the Golden Bucks a 38-35 lead.

Springer scored again for the Eagles, but Bucksport’s Brandon Flegel scored from inside and Tyler French followed with a three-pointer to give the Golden Bucks a 43-37 lead.

Two foul shots by GSA’s Michael Bryant and a one-hander from the perimeter by Nick Doolittle cut the Bucksport lead back to two.

Farrell scored on a drive to the basket, putting Bucksport back up 45-41, but GSA’s Bryant came up with another basket and Russell scored on a pass from Springer to knot the score at 45-all.

Bucksport’s Isaac Redman went the foul line on a one-and-one with 25 seconds to go, and hit the first of two shots for what proved to be the winning margin for the Golden Bucks.

The Eagles saw an opportunity to reclaim the lead go by the boards when the Golden Bucks came up with a steal, and Farrell put the icing on the cake for Bucksport when he hit a pair of foul shots with 1.7 seconds to go.

Farrell finished with 16 points and Redman and Flegel had 11 each for Bucksport.

Springer had nine points to go with Crowe’s 17 for GSA.

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