RUMFORD — Ranor Mechanical, Inc. knew when and how to make the necessarily adjustments to recently win the Mountain Valley Recreation Basketball League championship.

Aaron St. Pierre and Nate Carson combined for 48 points and nine 3-pointers as Ranor maintained its composure down the stretch en route to a 93-80 win against previously unbeaten Laid Back Installers at Puiia Gymnasium.

Ranor won its third-straight MVRBL title, but there was adversity along the way. LBI defeated Ranor twice during the year on the way to winning the regular-season title.

The final matchup featured a series of mini-runs by both teams throughout the game. Ranor had threatened to break it open after a trey by St. Pierre (29 points, four 3’s) captain and sponsor, produced a 60-49 lead. There was no let down by LBI with nine-unanswered points, including back-to-back treys by Chris Baxter (21 points, five 3’s), to trail by two-points, with 12:31 left in the second half.

Ranor utilized its height inside with Shawn Spadea (15 points, nine rebounds) who scored several high-percentage shots. Teammates Scot New (7), Kevin Gallant (9) and JT Taylor (8) each contributed.

The teams traded baskets until St. Pierre and New buried back-to-back 3-pointers, putting Ranor ahead 74-66. LBI countered with an underhanded scoop shot by Eric Canwell (17, three-threes) and a Jon Benjamin 19 (three threes) trey, to trail by five points, with 3:31 left to play.

The game featured several mini-runs and there was no shortage of shooting because each team made 12 shots from beyond the arc.

LBI had Brian Canwell (11 points), Owen Jones (8), Andrew McCann (2) and Dave Wilhoyte.


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