Nadeau, Czapiga spark Holbrook to PVML "A" Division Championship

HAMPDEN - Tuesday night at The Stable inside Hampden Academy, Evan Nadeau and Andy Czapiga each scored in double digits to help spark the Red Devils to a 50-41 victory over the Orono Red Riots to claim the 2018-19 Penobscot Valley Middle League boys "A" Division Championship.

Holbrook's Evan Nadeau (14) looks to make a move on Orono defenders Pierce Walston (4) and Ellis Spaulding during the first half of a PVML championship game in Hampden Tuesday. Holbrook won the game 50-41. (Photo by Skip Hawkes)


The Red Riots led by five points at 11-6 with just over three minutes left in the opening quarter, and closed the period with an 11-9 lead.

Orono's Pierce Walston (center) gets surrounded by three Holbrook defenders during the first half of the game. (photo by Skip Hawkes)

Orono opened the second quarter with a 4-0 run to take a 15-9 lead, but Holbrook scored seven unanswered points and took the lead at 16-15 with 3:44 left in the half. The Red Devils scored six more points and closed the first half with a 22-15 lead after out scoring the Red Riots 13-4 in the second period.

Orono's Lucas Allen gets set to take a foul shot in the second half. (Photo by Skip Hawkes)

The Red Devils let Orono back in the game to start the third quarter, as the Red Riots went on a 12-3 run to pull within two points of Holbrrok (27-25) with 4:31 left in the period. Holbrook closed out the third quarter with a 39-33 lead. 

The Red Riots never got closer than six points in the final period as Holbrook out scored Orono 11-8 to close the game with the nine point victory.

The two teams split during the regular season, both teams losing on their home court. Holbrook lost by one point at home during the regular season, and they won by three points at Orono.

Nadeau scored 14 points and Czapiga added 13 points to lead the Red Devils to the win. Jon Pangburn scored nine points and Connor Boone had seven. Kameron McCafferty added six points and Zach Norman chipped in with one point.

Holbrook had four 3-point baskets, two by Czapiga and one each by Pangburn and Boone, and they went 11-for-17 (65 percent) from the free throw line.

Orono's Noah Parker (51) gets off a shot in front of Holbrook defender Andy Czapiga during the second half. (Photo by Skip Hawkes)

Pierce Walston scored a game high 20 points to lead Orono in scoring. Ellis Spaulding scored eight points, Caden Gray had five points, and Noah Parker added four points. Owen Connor-Seif and Jacob Frace each had two points.

The Red Riots had five 3-point baskets, two each by Walston and Spaulding and one by Gray. They went 6-for-12 (50 percent) from the charity stripe.

ORONO    11    4  18    8 -- 41
HOLBRK   9   13  17  11 -- 50

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