Caribou fans cheer on their team during the second overtime period of the Class B boys’ basketball championship game March 2 at Cross Insurance Arena in Portland. The Vikings beat Cape Elizabeth 49-47 in double-overtime to win their first state championship since 1969. ELLSWORTH AMERICAN PHOTO BY MIKE MANDELL

Caribou boys edge Cape in double-OT classic to end 50-year Gold Ball drought

PORTLAND — The Caribou and Cape Elizabeth boys followed Saturday’s Class B girls’ game with an exciting finish as Caribou ended a 50-year state championship drought with a 49-47 win.

Caribou appeared set to win the game in regulation before Cape Elizabeth (14-8, No. 3 seed in Class B South) rallied from a five-point deficit with 30 seconds left to force overtime with the score tied at 43. After both teams scored four points in the first overtime, the Vikings (19-3, No. 2 seed in Class B South) scored the only basket of the second extra period.

Later in Portland, the Oxford Hills girls (20-2, No. 1 seed in Class AA North) defeated Scarborough (19-3, No. 2 seed in Class AA South) 55-45 to win the first state title in program history. The Bangor boys (20-2, No. 1 in Class AA North) then defeated Bonny Eagle (18-4, No. 2 in Class AA South) 58-48 to complete a dominant season at the Class AA level.

The Cross Insurance Center in Bangor hosted the C and D title games. The Southern Aroostook girls (20-2, No. 1 seed in Class D North) and Forest Hills boys (22-0, No. 1 seed in Class D South) claimed championships in the afternoon before the Boothbay girls (22-0, No. 1 in Class C South) and Winthrop boys (21-1, No. 1 in Class C South) won evening titles.

On Friday, the top-seeded Greely boys (19-3) and girls (22-0) swept the Class A games at the Augusta Civic Center. The girls earned a 54-42 win over Hampden Academy (17-5, No. 2 in Class A North) to repeat as state champs, and the boys triumphed 62-45 over Lawrence (13-9, No. 4 in Class A North) to win a third straight state title.

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