The Lincolnville Central School boys basketball team used the long ball, accurate free-throw shooting and consistent efforts from three players to notch an important victory on its home court Saturday, Jan. 25 — namely, the Busline League small school division championship with a 45-41 win over Nobleboro Central School.

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The No. 2 Lynx finished the campaign 10-3, while No. 4 Nobleboro ended 9-4.

Lincolnville includes Dawson Allen, Gabe Kissh, Drew Kelly, Ivan Young, Trey Gilson, Justin Secotte, Mike Kremin, Braden Moulton, Hayden Marino, Ben Benson, Zach Markowitz, Ionut Lodge, Noah Lang, Tyler Gerry and Carson Whitney. The coach is Roman MacDonald.

Nobleboro includes Ian Walsh, Noah Steeves, Joel Hatch, Bryce York, Ethan Spear, Cody York, Ethan Burns, Travis Knof, Hunter Allen, Jordan Prentice, Mason Keene, Zach Tozier and Gage York. The coach is Josh Hatch.

The Lynx shot well in several areas en route to the victory, as Lincolnville made 7-of-10 free throws (70 percent) and drilled six 3-pointers, including three from Markowitz and two from Kremin.

Keying the champs were Kremin with 15 points; Lodge, 14; Markowitz, 11; Benson, three; and Gerry, two.

For Nobleboro, which made 2-of-10 foul shots (20 percent), Steeves dumped in 15 points; Hatch, 14; Spear, six; and Walsh, four.

Lincolnville led 18-7 after one quarter, 26-16 at halftime and 33-24 after three stanzas. Nobleboro made a push in the final eight minutes as it outscored the Lynx 19-12 during that span to make the score closer at the final buzzer.

Earlier in the playoffs, the Lynx defeated No. 7 Woolwich and No. 3 Islesboro to advance, while the Lions beat No. 5 Jefferson and No. 1 Vinalhaven to move on.