PORTLAND — Portland High School snapped Hampden Academy’s win streak in boys’ basketball Saturday night as the Bulldogs beat the Broncos 54-40 in the Class A state championship game at the Cumberland County Civic Center.

Hampden (21-1) had won 43 consecutive games, including last year’s thrilling come-from-behind state title win over South Portland. The Broncos had previously lost to Deering in the state final in 2012.

It was the first state championship for the Bulldogs (22-0) since 2004 when Portland beat Brunswick.

The Bulldogs jumped out to a 22-5 lead in the first quarter and held off any Broncos comeback hopes. Hampden got within 30-18 at the half, but Portland finished the job in the second stanza. The Bulldogs outscored Hampden 15-13 in the third and tied them 9-9 in the final quarter.

Matt Talbot led the Bulldogs with 16 points. Jayvon Pitts-Young chipped in 12 while Justin Zukowski added 11. Steve Alex finished with seven.

Hampden got 22 from Zach Gilpin and seven from Nick Gilpin. The Broncos only had four other players score.

In the first, the Broncos got just a 3 from Zach Gilpin and a basket from Nick Gilpin. Portland drilled four 3’s in the quarter, two each from Talbot and Zukowski. Talbot finished with eight in the first quarter. Zukowski scored six while Alex added four.

Zach Gilpin lead the Broncos with seven in the second quarter as Hampden tried to put a dent in the lead. Talbot had four to lead Portland.

In the third, Pitts-Young paced the Bulldogs with eight while Z. Gilpin had another seven to get Hampden within 45-31 after three.


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