BANGOR – The Bucksport High School boys’ basketball team pulled away from Hodgdon in the fourth quarter of Friday’s Class C North semifinal to advance to the regional championship.
The No. 3 Bucksport Golden Bucks and the seventh-seeded Hodgdon Hawks swapped leads until the final period, where Bucksport secured its 49-44 win. Bucksport will play top-ranked George Stevens Academy for the regional championship.
Seniors Tyler Pye and Riley MacLeod paced Bucksport with 18 and 17 points, while MacLeod – a 6-foot-5 center – also grabbed 10 rebounds.
Hodgdon led 32-31 when the Golden Bucks opened the fourth quarter with six unanswered points between MacLeod, Pye and senior guard Hayden Craig.
Blake Woods scored for Hodgdon to cut Bucksport’s lead to 38-34, but Pye and senior forward Kyle Jackson both capitalized on steals with another four points for the Golden Bucks with just three minutes remaining.
Bucksport’s 42-34 lead was its largest of the game.
Hodgdon rallied in the final two minutes. A Woods field goal and a Jimmy Buzzell 3-pointer brought the Hawks within three points of tying the score.
Up just 47-44 with 8.3 seconds left, MacLeod hit two free throws and put the game away for Bucksport.
Buzzell led Hodgdon with a game-high 19 points.
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Bucksport players celebrate their Class C North semifinal win over Hodgdon on Friday. – PHOTO BY TIM SUELLENTROP