AUGUSTA — Any chance of a comeback from the Messalonskee High School boys basketball team came crashing down from distance in the span of 1 minute, 12 seconds.

Oceanside High School’s Keenan Hendricks, Nick Mazurek and Nate Raye each sank 3-pointers during that span of time to push a six-point lead up to 15 midway through the fourth quarter as the Mariners hung on for a 64-51 win in a Class A North quarterfinal Saturday night at the Augusta Civic Center.

“By that time you’re climbing a mountain trying to get back with four or five minutes left to go in the game,” Messalonskee coach Peter McLaughlin said of the Mariners’ hot stretch of shooting. “I’m proud of my guys. I can’t say enough. We have six amazing seniors that just have given everything for this program and I can’t say enough for them, but, unfortunately, it wasn’t enough.”

Oceanside shot 9 of 19 on 3-pointers for the game and was led in scoring by Hendricks, who finished with 21 points to go along with five rebounds. Sam Atwood sank a trio of 3-pointers on his way to 11 points and seven rebounds, while Mazurek added eight points and eight rebounds.

Messalonskee — which was limited to 35.3 percent shooting for the contest — got 14 points and nine rebounds from James Lathrop, while Nate Violette chipped in with a team-high 17 points.

“We got a lot of the shots we wanted,” McLaughlin said. “Typically we hit those shots and I don’t know if it’s the floor — I don’t know what it is — but my thing is we gave up 60-odd points tonight against a team that we had to limit offensively. When they weren’t hitting their outside shots they were dominating the paint with offensive rebounds.

“We didn’t do the little things that need to be done to advance in this tournament. Unfortunately, that’s what it comes down to.”

This story will be updated.

Evan Crawley — 621-5640

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Twitter: @Evan_Crawley


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