WINSLOW — It was Nick Girard’s only basket of the game. And it came at a big moment.

Girard hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer, lifting the Black Raiders to a come-from-behind 52-51 victory over Presque Isle in Winslow.

Winslow, which rallied from a 41-30 deficit entering the fourth quarter and improved to 4-1 with the victory, while Presque Isle suffered its first defeat and fell to the same 4-1 mark.

“It was an awesome team win,” said coach Ken Lindlof, whose team was without four players, including star forward Jason Reynolds. “We had people in foul trouble, people who weren’t there. Players had to step up and play serious minutes. … We stuck with it and battled all the way.”

Presque Isle missed a free throw with seven seconds left, and Winslow pushed the ball up the floor. A sequence of passes sent the ball to Girard, who had only hit two free throws to that point, and the senior drilled his shot from the corner to give the Black Raiders the dramatic win.

Antoine Akoa had 19 points and 10 rebounds for Winslow, which went 13-for-15 from the free-throw line, while Andrew Poulin scored 10 and Lucas Boucher and Brayden Rodrigue had eight apiece.

Xavier McAtee had 18 points for Presque Isle (4-1), while Noah Yarema scored 16.

 

MT. BLUE 65, LAWRENCE 56: Chandler Briggs knocked down four 3-pointers and collected the game-high 27 points as Mt. Blue (2-4) shook off Lawrence (2-3) for Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Class A victory in Fairfield.

The Cougars got down to business and built a sturdy 33-19 lead by halftime. Evans Sterling also helped Mt. Blue’s cause with 14 points.

Conner Nutting scored 20 points for Lawrence, while teammate Andrew Trombley had 11.

 

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LAWRENCE 47, MT. BLUE 43: Ali Higgins scored a game-high 18 points to pace the Bulldogs (4-0) to a double-overtime victory over the Cougars in Farmington.

Eva Stevens led Mt. Blue (2-5) with 13 points and Hannah Wilbur and KK Daggett added 11 apiece.

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