Ellsworth Loses Heartbreaker to Yarmouth 59-52 in State Gold Ball Game [STATS/PHOTOS]
The Ellsworth Eagles Boy's Basketball Team's dream of a perfect season and the first Gold Ball since 1966 came to a heartbreaking end on Friday night, March 4th at the Cross Insurance Center when they lost to Yarmouth 59-52 in overtime.
The Eagles were 4.5 seconds away from winning the Gold Ball and a 23-0 unbeaten season when Steve Walsh from Yarmouth hit a 3 pointer deep from the left baseline to tie the score. The Eagles were then outscored 15-8 in overtime.
Ellsworth led 16-13 at the end of the 1st Quarter. Yarmouth got into early foul trouble, and Ellsworth was shooting 1 and 1's with 1:42 left in the 1st Quarter. Ellsworth went 7-8 from the free throw line in the 1st Quarter.
The Eagles led 29-21 at the end of the 1st Half, but the Clippers weren't as aggressive defensively, and Ellsworth was 1-3 from the foul line as Yarmouth stopped fouling.
Ellsworth was up 35-27 at the end of the 3rd Quarter.
After Yarmouth took a brief lead late in the 4th Quarter Brett Bragdon hit a pair of free throws with 58.5 seconds left and again with 19.5 seconds to put Ellsworth back in the lead, until Walsh's 3-pointer tied the game.
In overtime Peter Psyhogeos had 10 points, going 8-8 from the free throw line, as Ellsworth was forced to foul. Matt Waeldner had 5 points in OT for the Clippers. For Ellsworth Chance Mercier had 7 points in overtime, including 2 3-pointers, but the deficit was too big.
For Ellsworth Chance Mercier had 17 points while Hunter Curtis had 15 points. Gage Hardy ended with 9 points. The Eagles were 15-21 from the free throw line an had 3 3-pointers, 2 by Chance Mercier and 1 by Eamon MacDonald.
For Yarmouth, Peter Psyhogeos had a game-high 27 points while Matt Waeldner had 16 points. The Clippers were 12-14 from the free throw line and had 5 3-pointers. Psyhogeos had 2 3-pointers, Steve Walks 2 3's and Matt Waeldner 1 3-pointer
Yarmouth ends the season with the Gold Ball and a 20-3 record.
Ellsworth's season comes to an end with a 22-1 record and the runner-up plaque.
Thanks to Walter Churchill for the photos.