Bucksport’s Tyson Gray (standing, third from right) combined for 72 points in the Golden Bucks’ recent contests against Sumner, Deer Isle-Stonington and Narraguagus. Wins in all three games have the Golden Bucks on the verge of a Class C North playoff berth. KARIN BOS PHOTO

Bucksport boys’ basketball team notches key wins in Class C North playoff race

BUCKSPORT — The Bucksport boys’ basketball team is closing in on a Class C North playoff berth after earning vital wins against Sumner, Deer Isle-Stonington and Narraguagus.

On Wednesday, Bucksport avenged its early-season loss to Sumner with a 75-55 home win over the Tigers. Tyson Gray led the way with 22 points for the Golden Bucks, who got 19 from Logan Stanley and 16 from Ty Giberson. Kyle Brooks lead Sumner with 17 points.

Bucksport earned another important win Saturday when it topped Deer Isle-Stonington 70-57 in Deer Isle. Gray scored 31 points for the Golden Bucks, who used outscored Deer Isle-Stonington 30-9 in the second quarter en route to the victory. Nathan Thompson was the top scorer for the Mariners with 21 points.

On Tuesday, Bucksport hosted Narraguagus (2-13) and stretched its winning streak to three games with a 57-43 victory. Gray led the Golden Bucks (7-7) in scoring with 19 points.

The wins provided some breathing room for the Golden Bucks, who moved from the 14th and final playoff spot early last week to 12th place as of Tuesday evening. The team is looking to return to the Cross Insurance Center for the first time in three years after losing preliminary games the past two seasons.

Bucksport’s next game will be at home against Searsport at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 31. The Golden Bucks will then have Senior Day when they host Stearns at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2.

GSA boys rolling once again

The George Stevens Academy boys’ winning streak is now at 11 games after victories over Calais and Central.

GSA (13-1) defeated Calais 63-44 on the road Friday before beating Central (6-9) 73-49 on Tuesday in Corinth. The Eagles, who have not lost since falling 65-36 to Ellsworth on Dec. 14, are currently third in the Class C North standings.

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