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Midcoast Elite ninth-grade boys earn trip to nationals

Area team turns in strong performances en route to tournament victories
By Staff | Apr 28, 2021

Derry, N.H. — The Midcoast Elite ninth-grade boys basketball team qualified for the national championship tournament thanks to stellar play in a recent weekend event.

On Saturday and Sunday, April 24-25, the area young players, who include athletes from Knox and Waldo counties, traveled to Hampton Beach/Derry, N.H. for the Class of Champions event.

When the final buzzer sounded, the Midcoast squad had earned the title and qualified for the Zero Gravity National Championships in mid-June in Boston, Mass.

In the team's first game of the tourney, MCE came out victorious against New England Storm 69-14, as Wyatt Evensen and Josh Vallee netted 14 points; Cohen Galley and Connor Sides, 10; Carter Galley, nine; and Kaleb Kennedy, Dylan Benner and Jason Leclerc four.

In game two, MCE got off to a quick start as it jumped to an early lead and eventually prevailed 54-37 over Mass Havoc of Springfield, Mass.

Carter Galley netted 18 points with four three-pointers for Midcoast, while Cohen Galley had 11 points with three trifectas. Sides added 10 points and six rebounds, while Vallee chipped in six points and five rebounds and Evensen eight points and five steals.

The next morning the local squad doubled Black Bear North of Bangor 54-27. The Galley twin brothers combined for 28 points, while Sides added 12; Ben Tripp, eight; and Vallee four. Eversen also turned in a strong offensive game.

The victory put MCE in the championship game against Mass Havoc. This time the rematch game was closer for much of the first half; however, a 12-0 run with three minutes remaining in half, including a step back three-pointer from Galley at the buzzer, pushed Midcoast's lead to 25 points.

Midcoast Elite never looked back and sailed to a 60-36 victory.

Carter Galley led the way with 23 points, followed by Cohen Galley with 18. Sides had six points and eight assists; Evensen, seven points and four steals; Tripp, two points and four rebounds; and Vallee, five points, five rebounds and three blocked shots.

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