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Class C

*Tyler Niles, Sr., F, Calais, 15.7 ppg; Kyle Bouchard, Sr., F, Houlton, 21.5 ppg; Andre Paul, Sr., G, Calais, 15.0 ppg; Nate DeSisto, So., G, Orono, 10.3 ppg; Kyle Johnson, Sr., G, Calais, 9.7 ppg

Honorable mention: Damian Heeger, Sr, (Orono), Kyle Ham (Central), Keenan Collett, So., (Orono), Jordn Smith (Central), Travon Rhodes (Calais)


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Niles lifts Calais boys past Orono in overtime for Class C title – Bangor Daily News

By Pete Warner, BDN Staff
Posted Feb. 21, 2015, at 11:31 p.m.
Last modified Feb. 22, 2015, at 2:43 a.m.

Orono Red Riots 2014-15

Orono Red Riots 2014-15

BANGOR, Maine — Calais High School basketball fans, including former head coach Ed Leeman, call Tyler Niles “The Beast.”

On Saturday night, the senior forward demonstrated why he has earned that nickname.

Niles scored 18 of his game-high 29 points during the last 10 minutes, 4 seconds, and converted nine of 10 free throws in overtime to lift top-seeded Calais to a 60-57 victory over No. 7 Orono in the Eastern Maine Class C basketball championship game at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor.

“It was really nerve-wracking, I’m still shaking,” said Niles, who was chosen the Darling’s/BDN Most Valuable Player.

Coach Chris Woodside’s Blue Devils (19-2) advance to face Western Maine winner Dirigo of Dixfield (19-2) in next Saturday’s 8:45 p.m. state title game in Bangor.

Coach Jason Coleman’s Red Riots (14-8) gave Calais everything it could handle, but could not overcome Niles and Co.

Niles’ performance, which also included nine rebounds, was especially important because classmate Kyle Johnson encountered early foul trouble and fouled out late in regulation. Niles earned Darling’s/BDN Player of the Game honors.

Senior Andre Paul contributed 11 points and four rebounds for the Blue Devils, while classmate Nathan Newell added five points and four rebounds.

Orono received 17 points each from senior Damian Heeger and sophomore Keenan Collett, who pulled down eight rebounds. Nate DeSisto chipped in with six points.

The Red Riots sent the game into overtime after Jake Koffman made one of two free throws with 48.7 seconds to play in the fourth quarter. Calais wound up getting a good look at the basket on a drive through the lane by Niles, but the shot rimmed out.

In overtime, the Blue Devils did all of their damage from the foul line. Niles made his first eight attempts and Paul added two to help overcome three turnovers.

Orono hung tough and got within three points when Jackson Coutts drained a 3-pointer with 2.5 seconds left. And the Riots got the ball back without any time ticking off because of a team-control foul.

However, DeSisto’s 3-pointer from the left wing was off the mark as the horn sounded.

Orono boys rally to knock off Houlton in Class C semifinal – Bangor Daily News

Orono’s Damian Heeger (left) goes up hard for two against Houlton’s Christian Crane during the 2015 Eastern Maine basketball semifinal tournament game at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor Friday (Ashley L. Conti | BDN)

By Kevin Sjoberg, Presque Isle Star Herald
Posted Feb. 20, 2015, at 9:50 p.m.
Last modified Feb. 20, 2015, at 10:45 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine – Trailing by 11 late in the third quarter and struggling to get shots off against Houlton’s 2-3 zone, the Orono Red Riots knew it was time to up the tempo.

The team abandoned its man-to-man defense and switched to a full-court 1-3-1 zone, and it paid dividends. Orono went on a 27-13 run the rest of the way and stunned the defending state champion Shiretowners Friday night, 42-38, in the Eastern Maine Class C boys basketball semifinal at the Cross Insurance Center.

With the victory, the No. 7 Red Riots improved to 14-7 and moved into the championship game. They will take on the winner of Friday’s Calais-Central semifinal on Saturday at approximately 8:45 p.m.

Houlton, the No. 3 team, ended the season with a 16-4 mark.

“We were down big and knew that [switching into the 1-3-1] was the way to get back,” said sophomore forward Jake Koffman, who scored seven of his 11 points in the pivotal fourth quarter and also grabbed 11 rebounds to earn Darling’s/BDN Player of the Game honors.

Koffman said his team has struggled all season against a 2-3 zone, but that changed beginning late in the third with his team behind 25-14.

“We started attacked the gaps in their zone,” he said. “When we attacked and dished, that’s where we got easy layups or got to the line.”

“It all started with the defense,” Orono coach Jason Coleman said. “We weren’t taking the ball out of bounds. We were getting rebounds or steals and were getting downcourt before their zone got set.”

Houlton did manage to score six unanswered points on baskets by Christian Crane, Kyle Bouchard and Noah Holmes during a 1:12 stretch midway through the third to grab a 25-14 lead. But following a timeout, the Riots rallied to close out the period with a 7-2 run on a jumper in the lane by Nate Desisto, a layup by Keenan Collett and a conventional 3-point play courtesy of Damian Heeger.

Employing the 1-3-1 full-court zone at the beginning of the fourth, Orono’s rally continued. A driving layup by Collett cut it to 29-26, but Houlton scored six in a row to make it a nine-point game again with four minutes remaining.

Jackson Coutts’ 3-pointer ignited a 8-0 flurry to draw Orono to within a point and after the teams exchanged baskets and Crane went one of two from the foul line, Koffman scored on a putback with 34 seconds left to give the Red Riots the lead for the first time since early in the second quarter.

After Bouchard committed a player control foul on the Shires’ next possession, Damian Heeger drained a pair of free throws to make it a 3-point game. Bouchard missed a 3-point attempt with 10 seconds left and then committed his fifth personal foul.

Following a pair of misses from the foul line by Collett, Daniel Howe’s desperation three for the Shires with two seconds left fell short. A Desisto free throw with half a second left iced it.

“Orono hasn’t been to a semifinal since 1997, so with four sophomores in the starting lineup and down by 11 to the defending state champs, I couldn’t be prouder,” Coleman said.

The Riots did not commit a fourth-quarter turnover, compared to five by the Shires, who also went 1-for-5 from the line in the final period and 7-for-20 overall, while Orono hit six in a row at one point and was 7-for-11 as a team in the fourth.

For Orono, Desisto finished with nine points and Heeger, Coutts and Collett contributed six apiece.

Bouchard had 18 points, six rebounds and five assists in his final high school game to lead Houlton. Crane added 14 points on 5-of-8 shooting from the field and hauled in seven rebounds.


Orono Stuns Houlton To Earn Bid To Eastern Maine Finals – 92.9 The Ticket

Photo from 92.9 The Ticket

The Orono Red Riots.stunned the defending state champion Houlton Shiretowners Friday night, advancing to Saturday’s Eastern Maine finals in a packed Cross Insurance Center.

Orono, who came into the tournament as the No.7 seed, took the lead for the first time with less than a minute remaining and came away with a 42-38 win over the No. 3 Shiretowners.

Orono guard Nate Desisto, who had 9 points, was clutch in the final quarter hitting a key three-pointer to tie the game with 1:10 remaining. He also went 4-6 from the foul line in that final period, in which the Red Riots outscored Houlton 21-11 in the fourth quarter. Jake Koffman, another sophomore, had 9 points. Damien Heeger and Keenan Collett each added 6.
Houlton struggled from the line, missing 13 foul shots in the game, going 7 for 20 from the line.
Houlton standout Kyle Bouchard scored 18 points before fouling out of the game. Christian Crane added 16 points for the Shiretowners.
Houlton ends the season with a 16-4 record. Orono came into the game with a 13-7 record. The Orono boys last made the semifinals in 1997.

Read More: Orono Stuns Houlton To Earn Bid To Eastern Maine Finals |

Sports results, February 18 & 19 – Bangor Daily News

Houlton 1 at Old Town/Orono 9

Feb. 18, 2015, at 1:21 a.m.

At Alfond Arena in Orono Wednesday, Damien Spencer recorded two goals and two assists to lead Old Town-Orono to victory.

Jacob Dubay, Chris Hoxie and Lucas Shorette each chipped in with two goals and an assist for the Black Bears. Nick Boutin added a goal and an assist while Tyler Byther added two assists. Alex Ross, Darin Gardner and Seamus McKaig each contributed an assist. Chase Albert and Matt Blankenship combined for 29 saves.

Bill Phillips scored Houlton’s goal and Josh Malone assisted. Noah Blake made 23 saves.


Old Town/Orono 3 at Waterville 5

Feb. 20, 2015, at 6:38 p.m.

At Waterville on Thursday, Nick Denis and Michael Oliveria each recorded one goal and an assist to propel the Panthers to victory over the Black Bears of Old Town/Orono.

Cody Pellerin, Dalton Henderson and Jackson Aldrich each added a goal.

For Olt Town/Orono, Jacob Dubay and Chris Hoxie each had a goal and assist while Jacob Gallon chipped in a goal. Nick Boutin added an assist.

Waterville goalie Nathan Pinette made 27 saves on 30 shots and Chase Albert stopped 42 of 47 shots for the Black Bears.