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Chen comes up big in Pandas semifinal victory over Calais

The Lee Academy Pandas get ready for the second half of their semifinal game against Calais
The Lee Academy Pandas get ready for the second half of their semifinal game against Calais
Marc Calnan

BANGOR-- Jay Chen scored five points in overtime to lead the Lee Academy Pandas to a 61-57 victory over Calais in a Maine Principals' Association class C boys semifinal game played on Friday afternoon at Cross Insurance Center.

Calais started quickly as they scored the first seven points of the game.

The Pandas went on a 7-0 run of their own as they took a 21-17 lead with 6:59 remaining in the second quarter.

Calais outscored Lee 6-4 in the second quarter as the teams went into halftime with the score tied at 23.

The Pandas built their lead to 32-27 when Frank Tsoungui converted a three point play with 5:07 remaining in the third quarter.

Lee held a 41-37 lead after three quarters.

The Pandas took a 44-37 lead with 7:18 left in the fourth quarter, when Tsoungui converted the basket and the foul shot for the second time of the half.

Cherif Fall made two free throws to give Lee Academy a 52-49 lead.

The Blue Devils high scoring junior Kyle Johnson nailed a three pointer late in regulation to send the game to overtime.

Calais scored the first points during overtime, when Tyler Niles made two free throws.

Johnson fouled out when he committed an offensive foul with 3:01 remaining in overtime.

With the Blue Devils high scoring forward on the bench, Chen and the Pandas took over.

Chen scored the next five points, including a three pointer to give Lee a 57-54 lead with 1:01 remaining in overtime.

Devin Peters and Kyler Peters each sank two free throws down the stretch to secure the victory for the Pandas.

Fail led the Pandas with 18 points (8-10 FT), six rebounds, two steals, and two blocks.

Chen added 15 points (5-6 FG) and two assists.

Tsoungui contributed 13 points, four blocks, three rebounds, and three steals.

Lee (17-3) shot 20-39 (51.3%) from the field and 17-24 (70.8%) from the free throw line.

Calais defeated Lee Academy twice during the regular season.

The Pandas will face undefeated Houlton in the class C regional final on Saturday evening at 8:45 p.m.

Johnson led the Blue Devils with 13 points, five assists, five steals, and four rebounds.

Niles added 12 points and eight rebounds. Nathan Newell chipped in with 12 points (4-8 3-point FG).

The Blue Devils shot 21-39 (53.8%) from the field and 9-14 (64.3%) from the free throw line.

Calais finishes the season with a 16-4 record.

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