First National Bank edges Ames Supply 77-70 for adult hoop championship

Mon, 03/09/2020 - 4:30am

Bryan James netted 14 points in the fourth period including a game-changing trifecta leading First National Bank to a 77-70 win over Ames Supply capturing the Wiscasset Parks and Recreation Adult Basketball League Championship. Sunday night’s game capped a double-elimination tournament played in the Wiscasset Community Center gymnasium.

FNB got off to a fast start three minutes into the game as Derek Jones pulled up and hit a three putting his team up 9-2. James’s trifecta helped stake FNB to a 20-15 lead after one period.

The second period, however, was a different story. Ames dominated play at both ends of the court outrebounding and outscoring FNB 22-13. Paul Greenier tied the game with a three from the corner at 7:08. Teammate Brian Swain later launched and drained a three giving Ames the lead. Cody Tozier who scored 15 points in the period hit a final basket which put Ames ahead 37-33 at halftime.

A three by James Flynn at 8:39 of the third period opened up the Ames lead, 46-35. FNB then went on an 8-0 run, and Steve Westcott’s three made it a 46-43 ballgame. In the closing minute, Jones tossed in a pair of threes for FNB but when the buzzer sounded ending the third period, Ames was still on top, 57-54.

In the final period, Jones’s basket at 5:05 tied the score at 61. Tozier’s layup then briefly put Ames back on top, 63-61. James answered with a basket tying the game and then hit a three regaining the lead for FNB.

With two minutes left to play and FNB up 70-67, Tozier fouled out drawing a technical. That sent James to the foul line and he made four of four attempts, putting his team up 74-67. The game wasn’t quite over yet. Greenier’s three with 65 ticks left on the clock made it a four-point game. FNB then failed to score on its next possession. Greenier launched another three but just missed, with the ball rattling off the rim.

FBN’s James finished with 21 points. He netted three threes and went 13 for 14 on the foul line. Jones finished with 20 points and had five threes. Tozier had a game high 43 points and made 14 of 16 free throws. Flynn finished with 10 and had two threes, and Greenier had nine points. FNB shot 21 of 31 from the foul line while Ames made 16 of 20. FNB won the 2019 championship and finished the 2020 regular season with the league’s best record. Ames Supply advanced to the championship with a last-minute victory over Red’s Eats on Saturday.