BANGOR-- Nicholas Guiod and Kyle Bouchard combined to shoot 22-24 from the free throw line in leading the Houlton Shiretowners to a 60-44 victory over Penquis in a Maine Principals' Association class C boys semifinal game played on Friday afternoon.
The Shiretowners shot 25-30 from the free throw line as a team.
Houlton scored the first eight points of the game and held a 14-6 lead after the first quarter.
The Shiretowners increased the lead to 28-11 on a Jacob Drew basket with 3:32 remaining in the second quarter.
Guiod made two free throws late in the first half to give Houlton a 32-19 halftime lead.
The Patriots went on a 10-2 run to start the second half and cut the deficit to 34-29 when Trevor Lyford converted a three point play.
Drew gave Houlton a 42-33 lead with 2:57 remaining in the third quarter.
Noah Allen made a three pointer to cut the Patriots deficit to 42-36.
Allen made another three pointer to get the Shiretowners lead down to 44-39 early in the fourth quarter.
Colton Larrabee made a three pointer for Penquis with 3:27 remaining in the fourth quarter to cut the deficit to 50-42
Guiod went 6-6 from the free throw line down the stretch as Houlton outscored Penquis 10-2 in the last 2:30 of the game.
Bouchard led the Shiretowners with 20 points, 13 rebounds, six assists, and two steals.
Guiod added 14 points (12-12 FT), four steals, and two assists.
Christian Crane chipped in with 11 points and three rebounds. Isaac Cone scored seven points.
Houlton (20-0) shot 17-31 (54.8%).
The Shiretowners will take on Lee Academy in the regional final on Saturday night.
Lyford led the Patriots with 23 points, five rebounds, and three assists.
Allen added 11 points. Larrabee chipped in with eight points, three steals, and two assists.
Penquis shot 17-37 (45.9%) from the field and 4-7 (57.1%) from the free throw line.
The Patriots finish the season with a 13-7 record.