(Watch video highlights of this game at the end of story)
Bangor - Freshmen guard Nick Gilpin scored eight of his game high 15 points in first half to lead the Hampden Academy Broncos to their first victory of the season. The Broncos defeated the Bangor Rams 52-41 at Red Berry Gymnasium on Friday night. The Gilpin brothers were too much to handle for Bangor scoring 28 of Hampden’s 52 points.
The first quarter was a low scoring period with the Broncos holding onto a slim 10-8 lead after one. Hampden took control with great defense in the second quarter outscoring the Rams 24-12. This was the difference in the game. The Broncos went on a 12-3 run over the last four minutes of the first half to take a 34-20 going into halftime.
Hampden freshmen Gilpin played in his first varsity game last night at Bangor and led his team to the victory.
Broncos guard Gilpin talks about playing in his first game “It was pretty tough towards the beginning, but after the first couple minutes I felt like I settled down.”
Hampden boys basketball coach Russ Bartlett talks about freshmen guard Nick Gilpin’s performance “He has not showed much for nerves so far and he has been real consistent for us. Bartlett continued “This was not an easy situation to put him into tonight, but he handled the task.”
The Broncos controlled the rebounding battle all night with Mattew Martin, Zach Gilpin, Tyler Norris and Matt Palmer. Hampden’s height definitely gave them an advantage on the glass and caused Bangor to be in foul trouble all game long.
Hampden went 25 for 40 from the free throw line compared to 3 of 7 for Bangor.
Bangor out played Hampden in second half making many 3-pointers, which helped the Rams get back in the game. The Rams made eight 3-pointers on the night. Senior Hunter Boyce had two threes, Matt Cosgrove added two for long range, Alex Campbell with two, Sean Tocci had one and Tyler Kenny added one.
The Rams cut the deficit to 44-41 midway through the fourth quarter when Boyce cashed in from downtown, but this was as close as they came.
The Broncos ended the game on a 8-0 run with clutch free throws and a fast break lay-up by Palmer.
Hampden had several players contribute in the scoring effort. Senior star Gilpin scored 11 points, Norris and junior point guard Cam Scott each scored seven points.
“Coming in and getting our first win at Bangor really felt good,” said Gilpin.
Bangor was led by Alex Campbell with nine points. Matt Cosgrove and Connor Adams each added eight, Boyce scored six and Tocci chipped in with five.
Other scorers from Bangor were Tyler Kenny with three and Trey Kenny added two.
Hampden will play at home on Tuesday against Skowhegan and Bangor will travel to Messalonskee on Tuesday night.