YORK – Gray-New Gloucester and York High both recorded impressive wins and showed their success in Tuesday’s fast and entertaining boys’ inter-class basketball game.
With plenty of quick moves, ball moves, seven head changes and two draws, it was the Class B Wildcats that took their winning streak to seven games with a 68-66 win over the Robert E. Butler Gymnasium.
That ended Gray’s eight-game winning streak. The Patriots (9-4) had entered the game as the top-ranked team in Class A South. York, now 7-2, was third in the B South standings.
JP Frazier led York, scored a game-high 24 points with four 3-pointers and secured the win with two free throws with just under 20 seconds to play. Kevin Burke, a strong finisher inside, added 17 points.
“We’re getting a lot out of this win,” said Frazier, a six-foot guard with good ups and a smooth left-handed shot from the outside. “At the beginning of the season we had two exciting games. We didn’t win there. This was another close and we took the win. Showed some guts.”
York’s only losses were a one-point overtime setback for Yarmouth in the season opener and a three-point loss to Class A Marshwood, both quality teams. In his six previous wins, York had surpassed his opponents by more than 19 points per game.
“It’s definitely nice to finish a game like this,” said Will Bourgeois, senior from York, who scored seven points and was key in defending the rim against Gray’s drive-and-dish attack. “In this game, we really had to be on top of it because Gray-New Gloucester is one of the best shooting teams in the state. If you give them space, they’ll make it.”
Likewise, Gray kicked off season 1-3. The willingness to fight back was on display on Tuesday. The Patriots recovered from an eight-point deficit in the first quarter and led 32-28 at halftime. York racked up 25 points in the third quarter, propelled by Burke’s forays onto the track, to take a 53-47 lead after three quarters.
Then Frazier started the fourth quarter with a steal and washed home with both hands for the Hawaiian shirt with the York student section. Rather than get nervous, the Patriots responded with a 12-2 run of their own to take a 59-57 lead over a steal and layup from Aidan Hebert (10 points).
Nate Hebert kicked off the comeback with a cool three-pointer and then twice on the rim. Hebert led Gray-New Gloucester by 22 points. Jay Hawkes finished 19, including two late 3-pointers to make York sweat a little.
Frazier equalized with two free throws, Trevor Parker (12 points) hit his third well-timed three-pointer of the game, and Frazier turned the edge of a solid backdoor cut to give York a one-minute lead 64-59 to play.
“We’ve had a winning streak and of course we want to win every game, but this ensures that we have a bigger comeback next game,” said Gray’s Nate Hebert.
Gray-New Gloucester will get one of the best in Class B again on Thursday when it hosts Yarmouth.
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