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Sweet holiday gifts: MacMillan buzzer-beating trey highlights Vikings' sweep of Patriots

In much different games, Searsport basketball teams outlast visiting Bangor Christian
By Mark Haskell | Dec 22, 2017
Photo by: Mark Haskell Searsport's Liam MacMillan drives to the hoop against Bangor Christian on Dec. 21 during a high school boys basketball game. MacMillan's 3-pointer at the buzzer lifted the host Vikings to a 37-36 win over the Patriots.

Searsport — The Searsport basketball teams — and their fans — were sent home for the holidays especially happy — and with a couple of much-sought, hard-fought presents — on Thursday, Dec. 21 after a pair of early-season high school victories in a doubleheader with visiting Bangor Christian.

The boys posted a thrilling 37-36 win when Liam MacMillan hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer, while the Viking girls also earned a 51-34 win over the Patriots.

It was the second game in as many days for the Searsport girls, who fell 30-28 in a road game on Wednesday, Dec. 20 at Piscataquis of Guilford.

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The following is a recap of recently-reported results:

Boys basketball

Searsport 37, Bangor Christian 36

At Searsport Dec. 21, the Vikings got a 3-pointer at the buzzer by senior Liam MacMillan as the hosts picked up the thrilling one-point win. Searsport led 14-5 after the first quarter and 24-17 at halftime, while Bangor Christian rallied to take a 28-27 edge after three quarters.

MacMillan led the Vikings with an 11-point effort, while Ben Powell netted nine; Charlie Spiegel, seven; Isaiah Runci, six; Colby Snow, two; and Connor Kneeland, one.

Christian Boone led the Patriots with 16 points, while Dean Grass added eight; Brayden Reed, six; Austin Keid, four; and Robbie Deroche, two.

Searsport netted 6-of-12 (50 percent) free throws, while Bangor Christian finished 3-of-8 (37 percent).

Viking coach Dave Pepin had a simple message for his players after the third-quarter buzzer sounded, after the Patriots had gone on an 11-3 run to take the lead.

“I told them we’ve got to play good, hard defense, take care of the ball and rebound like we always preach,” he said. “If we’re not going to put shots down, we’re going to lose. If we start putting the ball in the basket, we’ve got a good chance. Whoever wins this quarter is going to win the game.”

The Vikings battled back to tie the game before the Patriots gained possession on a loose ball and skipped a pass to Deroche, who hit a long two-pointer to give the visitors a two-point lead with 12 seconds to play.

Pepin said, due largely to his team’s inefficiency at the foul line, he opted to go for the win.

“I didn’t like our chances going to the line to shoot two [foul shots] in that situation,” he said. “We set up a double-high ball screen for Liam, our forwards came up to the post and set screens on the two top guys in the zone and he had options to shoot it or drive. And he took a dribble backwards and hit a fadeaway three. Nothing but net.”

In the Maine Principals' Association Heal Point Standings for Class C North, Searsport (3-1, 1.6667 points) is 12th, while Houlton (4-1, 9.6296 points) is first in the 20-team region. The top 14 teams qualify for the playoffs.

Girls basketball

Searsport 51, Bangor Christian 34

At Searsport Dec. 21, the Vikings netted a 17-point win over the Patriots. The opponents were tied 8-8 after the first quarter before Searsport went on a 25-3 burst in the second quarter to take a 33-11 edge at halftime. The Vikings led 43-22 after three quarters.

Makenzie Alley led Searsport with a 19-point performance, while Mikaela Alley added 17; Ashten Wells, five; Audrey Walker and Brooklynn Alberts, four; Emma Spiegel, two; and Abby Stemp, one.

Kelsea DeRoche scored 12 points for Bangor Christian, while Briana Keib added 11; Rebekah Vadas, five; Hailee Veilleux, four; and Morgan Hobert, two.

The Vikings were 13-of-22 (59 percent) from the foul line, while the Patriots were 7-of-15 (47 percent).

In the Maine Principals' Association Heal Point Standings for Class C North, Searsport (3-3, 2.2222 points) is 16th, while Stearns of Millinocket (5-0, 9.3210 points) is first in the 20-team region. The top 14 teams qualify for the playoffs.

Piscataquis 30, Searsport 28

At Guilford Dec. 20, the Pirates held on for a two-point win over the Vikings. PCHS led 13-4, 21-8 and 23-13 at the quarter breaks.

Mikaela Alley scored 12 points for Searsport, while Makenzie Alley added 10; Ashten Wells, four; and Casey Snow, two.

Erin Speed tallied 13 points for Piscataquis, while Alivia Hunt added six; Olivia Riitano and Lexi Rowell, four; and Hope Adkins, two.

The Vikings were 4-of-12 (33 percent) from the charity stripe, while the Pirates were 7-of-20 (35 percent).

Courier Publications' sports staff can be reached by email at sports@villagesoup.com or by phone at 594-4401.

Bangor Christian at Searsport girls basketball
Searsport hosts Bangor Christian on Dec. 21 in high school girls basketball. (Video by: Mark Haskell and Zack Miller)
Bangor Christian at Searsport boys basketball
Searsport hosts Bangor Christian on Dec. 21 in high school boys basketball. (Video by: Mark Haskell and Zack Miller)
Searsport's Makenzie Alley. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Searsport's Audrey Walker. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Searsport's Brooklynn Alberts (23), as well as Bangor Christian's Rebekah Vadas, middle, and Hailee Veilleux. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Searsport's Makenzie Alley. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Searsport's Ashten Wells. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Searsport's Makenzie Alley. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Searsport's Mikaela Alley (20) and Brooklynn Alberts (23), as well as Bangor Christian's Rebekah Vadas. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Searsport's Audrey Walker, front, and Brooklynn Alberts. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Searsport coach Mel Grant talks to his players during a timeout. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Searsport's Brooklynn Alberts (23) and Mikaela Alley, right as well as Bangor Christian's Rebekah Vadas. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Searsport's Ashten Wells (32) and Brooklynn Alberts (23), among others. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Searsport's Ashten Wells, right, among others. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Searsport coach Mel Grant. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Searsport's Makenzie Alley (22) and Mikaela Alley (20), among others. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Searsport's Abby Stemp, right, and Casey Snow, left, among another. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Searsport's Casey Snow. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Searsport's Audrey Walker, middle. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Searsport's Emma Speigel. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Searsport's Makenzie Alley, front, and Ashten Wells, back, among another. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Searsport's Makenzie Alley,  left, among others. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Searsport's Ashten Wells. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
From left, Searsport's MacKenzie Cunningham, Ashten Wells and Makenzie Alley. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Searsport's Emma Spiegel. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Searsport's Casey Snow, left, among another. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Searsport's Mikaela Alley, right, and Bangor Christian's Briana Keib. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Searsport's Mikaela Alley. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Searsport's Makenzie Alley. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Searsport's Liam MacMillan, left, and Connor Kneeland. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Searsport's Colby Snow, left, and Connor Kneeland. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Searsport's Charlie Spiegel, middle, along with Bangor Christian's Luke Chandler, left, and Christian Boone. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Searsport's Ben Powell. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Searsport's Liam MacMillan. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Searsport's Liam MacMillan, left, and Bangor Christian's Jack York. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Searsport's Ben Powell, left, and Bangor Christian's Dean Grass. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Bangor Christian's Dean Grass, a Waldo County resident. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Searsport's Ben Powell, right, and Bangor Christian's Austin Keis. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Searsport's Colby Snow, facing, and Bangor Christian's Brady Reed. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Searsport's Ben Powell, middle, and Bangor Christian's Gabe Nason, right, among another. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Searsport's Ben Powell, middle, as well as Bangor Christian's Austin Keis, left, and Gave Nason. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Searsport's Isaiah Runci. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Searsport's Charlie Spiegel, right, and Bangor Christian's Christian Boone. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Searsport's Liam MacMillan, back left, as well as Bangor Christian's Christian Boone, left, and Jack York. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Searsport's Liam MacMillan, left. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Searsport's Charlie Spiegel, left, and Bangor Christian's Austin Keis. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Searsport's Charlie Spiegel, left, and Bangor Christian's Austin Keis. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Searsport's Colby Snow. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Searsport's Connor Kneeland (24) and Ben Powell (5), among others. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
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Mark Haskell
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Mark has been covering local sports throughout Knox, Waldo and part of Lincoln county since 2007. Haskell has a bachelor's degree in Mass Communication from the University of Maine and is also a 2000 graduate of Rockland District High School. He has won multiple Maine Press Association awards for writing and photography.

Mark loves iced coffee, cargo shorts, spending time with friends and family and suffers no longer after his beloved Philadelphia Eagles beat the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LII.

He resides in Thomaston with his wife Jenn, his sons Beckett and Austin and daughter Lila.

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