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Class A powers from Hampden and Portland to meet in state final

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Normally you do not get the chance to see four semi-finalist for Mr. Maine Basketball on the court at the same time, unless it is during an all-star game.

You will get that opportunity during the class A state final.

The Hampden Academy Broncos boys basketball team enters the state championship game against Portland on a 43 game winning streak.

The defending state champs outscored their opponents by an average of 25.4 points per game, that includes winning their three tournament games by an average of 28 points.

Zach Gilpin scored 38 points in leading Hampden (21-0) to an 82-54 victory over Oxford Hills in the class A Eastern Maine championship game.

Gilpin joins teammate Isaiah Bess as a semi-finalist for Mr. Maine Basketball.

Gilpin and Bess lead the Broncos powerful offense.

The dynamic duo also receive plenty of help from Cam Scott, Brandon McIntyre, Matt Martin, Nick Gilpin (Zach's younger brother), and others.

The Broncos will play the undefeated Bulldogs from Portland in the state final on Saturday @ 7 p.m. at the Cumberland County Civic Center in Portland.

Portland (21-0) has outscored their opponents by an average of 23 points per game, including outscoring their tournament opponents by an average of 18 points.

Travis Godbout scored 17 points to lead the Bulldogs to a 60-50 victory over Bonny Eagle in the west final.

Jayvon Pitts-Young and Justin Zukowski from Portland have been named semi-finalist for Mr. Maine basketball.

Portland will be looking for their first state title since 2004.



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