2018-03-12 / Sports

Lisbon’s Unified run comes to an end

Lewiston downs Greyhounds, 42-30
Times Record Staff


It was bound to come to an end.

A Lisbon streak that began back during the first season of Unified high school basketball was closed out by Lewiston on Friday, with the Blue Devils, seeded third, defeating the Greyhounds, the No. 6 seed, 42-30 in the South quarterfinals.

Lisbon, the defending state Unified champs and threetime regional winner, finished 5-4, while Lewiston (7-2) will face second-seeded Westbrook in the semifinals next.

After a close first half that saw the host Blue Devils leading 18-16 at the break, Lewiston’s Hunter Landry and Breck Gagnon took over, with Gagnon scoring six quick points to open the second frame off of Landry setups. Gagnon had a game-high 13 points in the win, with Landry dishing out five assists and pulling in six rebounds.

“He is a great player and we just really work well together,” said Landry, who kept his ear-to-ear smile showing after the win. “It is one of the best experiences that I have ever had. I love it. It is a great environment with a lot of positivity. They realize that they defeated a good Lisbon team.”

“Yeah, it is tough to lose, but this experience over these last four years will stay with me forever,” said Lisbon student-coach Jonah Sautter.

The opening salvo of the second half carried Lewiston, which stretched its lead out to 10 points (28-18) on a layup by Theresa Morin midway through the frame.

Lisbon stayed within striking distance behind the play of Dawson Martel, who not only scored a team-high 10 points, but battled the taller Blue Devils inside throughout the contest.


Neither team took control in the first half, with five ties. Lisbon’s only lead was 2-0 when Michael Farrington scored inside. Wesley Lucas was a Greyhound presence, tallying six first-half points, with Farrington adding four, and Martel, Lynn Feely and Misty Coleman chipping in a bucket each.

On the other side, Gagnon paced the Blue Devils with six points in the opening 20 minutes, while Morin and Hawa Doorow picked up four points apiece. Nick Allen-Smith and Edwin Rivera also scored for Lewiston.

Sautter, who has been practicing for the McDonald’s All-Star Basketball Classic in Bangor, drove two hours to the Unified game today, arriving moments before the opening tip, then heading back north for tonight’s banquet.

“I knew that I was going to be in Bangor today, but I said that I couldn’t miss this game today. I had to be here for not only them, but for myself as well. This was special, working with these kids for the last four years. It is something I will always remember,” Sautter said.

Trailing 32-24, Lisbon made one final push, drawing to 34-28 on a putback by Lucas Francis.

However, Allen-Smith’s banking 3-pointer, the game’s only trey, pushed Lewiston into the driver’s seat. Allen-Smith had nine second half points to pace the Blue Devils, finishing with 11, while Morin tallied 10 points. Tommy Turgeon had five rebounds, while Noah Dixon picked up three steals.

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