Bucksport players and fans celebrate as time winds down in their 49-44 Class C North semifinal win over Hodgdon on Friday. PHOTO BY TIM SUELLENTROP

Bucksport boys’ basketball team edges out Hodgdon in Class C North semifinal



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Bucksport’s Tyler Pye fights through three Hodgdon players to get to the basket in Bucksport’s Class C North semifinal victory on Friday. PHOTO BY TIM SUELLENTROP

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.

View more photos from the game here.

Bucksport players celebrate their Class C North semifinal win over Hodgdon on Friday. – PHOTO BY TIM SUELLENTROP

Taylor Vortherms

Taylor Vortherms

Sports Editor at The Ellsworth American
Taylor Vortherms covers sports in Hancock County. The St. Louis, Missouri native recently graduated from the Missouri School of Journalism and joined The Ellsworth American in 2013.

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