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Exciting finishes highlight GRCC hoop
Seen here is action during the Prep League playoffs. (Times photos by Bruce Farrin)
College League champions are Rainey Builders. From left in the front row are Ethan Boutte, Cameron Chase and Jacob Lord. In the back are Roxanne Gorham (coach), Nick McInnis, Cam Bouchard, Alex Gorham, Will Bean and Pat Gorham (coach).
College League runnerups are Trendsetters. From left in the front row are Dillon McPherson, Denzel Gurney, Zach Blodgett and Andrew McDonald. In the back are Anthony Davis (coach), Draven Finnigan, Parker Davis, Keegan Davis, Jacob Blanchard, Keegan Hodgson and Rick Blanchard (coach).
Prep League champions are Andover Auto. From left in the front row are Delany Bouchard, Haley Boynton, Ethan Casey and Alyssa Cormeau. In the back are Saydie Garbarini, Casey Cormier, Ian Cameron, Riley Bedard and Ryan Casey (coach).
Prep League runnerups are Dupuis Towing. From left in the front row are Jacob Cunningham, Trevor Swett, Troy Swett and Liz Blodgett. In the back are Marcus Palmer (coach), Jacob York, Maleek Kelly, Cooper Davis, Garrett Blodgett and Ryan Palmer (coach).
RUMFORD -- It was a fun, exciting and competitive winter basketball season at the Greater Rumford Community Center and Championship Night did not disappoint.
In Prep League, action the semifinals took place on February 26. In the first game, Andover Auto defeated Towle's Corner Store, 33-23. Andover was led by Casey Cormier with 20 points. Towle's was lead by Abby Gauvin with 11 points. In game two, Dupuis Towing took advantage of a monster second half, pulling away from Glover’s Auto 42-24. Dupuis was led by Garrett Blodgett with 17 and Cooper Davis with 15. Glover’s got 13 points from Elijah Weston.
The College League semifinals took place shortly after. In game one, Rainey Builders pulled away late in the game to edge New England Financial, 46-39. Rainey’s was led by Alex Gorham with 13 points and Will Bean with 12. NEF got 14 points from Ian Brennick and 12 from Hunter Sorensen. The night cap had Trendsetters defeating Jarato’s, 67-45. Parker Davis had a monster game, pumping in 24 points, while younger brother Keegan had 12. Jarato’s Sam Nadeau led all scorers with 30 points.
These semifinal games set up a Championship Night that was one for the ages. Program Director Bob Anderson said it was the most exciting night of basketball the GRCC has seen in years.
In the Prep League Championship, Andover Auto’s Riley Bedard hit the gamewinning shot with seven seconds left to give his team a 41-38 win over Dupuis Towing. In the three previous meetings, Andover beat Dupuis by an average of 19 points.
Dupuis led the entire game and had a 10-point lead when Cooper Davis picked up his fourth foul late in the third and was forced to go to the bench.
Andover went on an 8-0 run to close out the third quarter and cut the Dupuis lead to two. The fourth quarter saw several lead changes and major back and fourth action. Andover was led by Casey Cormier with 22 points. Cooper Davis led Dupuis with 22 points of his own.
“This was a great atmosphere for a championship game. Both teams played well,” said Andover coach Ryan Casey.
“Before the game, I was just hoping the game would be competitive and we wouldn’t get blown out. My kids played phenomenal. But I tip my cap to Coach Casey’s team. They were fantastic all season,” said Dupuis coach Ryan Palmer.
In the College League Championship, the game was just as exciting as the first one. Rainey Builders squeaked out a 50-49 win over Trendsetters.
In the closing minutes is when things got exciting. Up by one with Alex Gorham at the line for two shots, the Rainey coaching staff called timeout after Gorham made the first one. After further discussion, it was noted that Rainey’s didn’t have any timeouts left. So Gorham got to shoot his second shot, then Trendsetters was rewarded two shots and the ball for the technical.
Gorham made his second shot, giving Rainey’s a two-point lead. Keegan Davis shot the technicals and made one out of two. After exchanging turnovers, Trendsetters got the ball with six seconds left. After going coast to coast, the lay-up rimmed out and Rainey’s prevailed, 50-49. It was the first time in five years a Rick Blanchard coached team did not win the championship.
“So this is what the second place trophy looks like,” joked Blanchard.
Rainey’s was led by Alex Gorham with 22 points and well over 10 rebounds. Will Bean chipped in with 10. “I liked how all the teams were evenly matched this year,” said Rainey coach Roxanne Gorham. “Every game was competitive, and it made for a very fun year.” Trendsetters were led by Draven Finnigan with 15 points and Parker Davis had 14.
The GRCC basketball league had eight teams in the league this year. The Prep league had Towles Corner Store, coached by Bob Anderson, Glovers Service Station by Vanessa and Tom Bartlett, along with Ryan Hemingway, Andover Auto by Ryan Casey and Dan Garbarini, and Dupuis Towing by Ryan and Marcus Palmer.
The College League had New England Financial, coached by Ryan Palmer, Jarato’s, coached by Pat Finnen, Trendsetters, coached by Rich Blanchard and Anthony Davis, and Rainey Builders were coach by Roxanne, Pat and Kelly Gorham.
The GRCC would also like to thank Eddie Paterson and Mark Richard for all the officiating they did throughout the season.