BRUNSWICK — The situation was dire for Brunswick, which trailed 66-59 with 2:15 left on the clock in the fourth quarter, and Lewiston seemingly wasn’t missing a shot on Tuesday night.

Easy thing might have been to concede that it was the Blue Devils’ night and to begin thinking of the postseason. Brunswick had other ideas.

The Dragons rallied, tying the game on a 3-pointer by Jesse Devereaux with 25 seconds left, and after an even first overtime, Brunswick took over in the second extra session for an 86-80 KVAC boys’ basketball win on Tuesday.

Devereaux, who didn’t have a point with four minutes left in the third quarter, put up a team-high 20 points, including four points from the free-throw line to ice Brunswick’s 13th win (13-5).

“As coaches at halftime, we usually talk about that Player ‘X’ who really gave us that spark tonight. I looked at Jesse and said, ‘We don’t have that player right now,’ and he took that as a challenge and turned the corner in the second half,” Brunswick coach Todd Hanson said. “I am really proud of how our team battled. This is a great win, a program win and a testament to the kids. We suggested some things and they executed. They earned this win on the floor.”

On the other side was Lewiston, which has struggled this season. But the Blue Devils didn’t play like a 2-14 team, draining 13 3-pointers and receiving 28 points from Salat Hassan and 23 from Abdinasir Issack. The duo combined to make 10 shots from behind the arc.

“They played as hard as they could, just a great high school basketball game tonight,” said Lewiston coach Tim Farrar. “Our message was we are not happy, frustrated on where we are at, and we haven’t won a game in a while, but as a group we talked about just going out and playing. There is a freedom in that. We can really play when we get it going like that. I hope this carries over to Thursday (home against Bangor).”

Early on, it was all about Hassan, who sprayed 3-pointers from all over the court, including one two steps from the midcourt scorer’s table. Hassan had 12 first-quarter points as the Blue Devils claimed a 17-12 lead.

“They are fast and athletic, and maybe the best athletic team that we have played this season outside of Deering,” said Devereaux. “They were shooting 3s from half-court. What do you do about that?”

Trailing 20-14, Brunswick made its first run. Thomas Hanson found his range, scoring eight points in the second quarter, while Caleb Cost picked up six and Corban Teel five.

Still, Lewiston went to the intermission holding a slim 31-30 lead behind 14 points from Hassan and nine from Issack. Thomas Hanson led the Dragons with 11 first-half points.

Brunswick made an adjustment at halftime.

“Our point of emphasis was defensive intensity, and I thought we did a better job in the second half,” Todd Hanson said.

Despite rotating several players into the game to try and contain Lewiston, the Blue Devils still found openings. Issack had the hot hand in the third quarter, a frame in which the Blue Devils made 7-of-12 from the floor.

Brunswick didn’t back down. Devereaux’s eight points in the quarter helped, and the junior guard found Josh Dorr under the basket for two points at the buzzer as the Dragons claimed a 50-47 lead through three quarters.

“This was supposed to be the ‘easiest’ team that we play on our schedule,” Farrar said of his team’s difficult schedule in Class AA North. “This is a great team with a great coach with a great tradition.”

Hassan brought the Blue Devils (2-15) back with a 3-point play early in the fourth, and moments later he swished a 27-footer for a 53-50 lead. Issack twice drove hard to the basket for four points, and Garrett Poussard scored back-to-back buckets as Lewiston’s cushion grew to 61-54.

Mohamedsidiq Hussein’s 3-pointer made for a 66-59 advantage.

After a Brunswick timeout, the Dragons found their flow. Devereaux hit from outside and set up Cost for three more to get Brunswick to 66-64. After Fahad Hassan scored for Lewiston, Christian Glover sank a free throw and Devereaux hit a 3-pointer while being knocked to the court to tie the game and send things to overtime.

Tied at 74 after the first four-minute session, JD Souza gave Brunswick the lead for good, 77-74.

Lewiston had one more push. Salat Hassan hit a fall-away trey from the corner while being fouled. He made the free throw to get the Blue Devils to 82-80, but Devereaux and Thomas Hanson each sank two free throws to put Lewiston away.

“This is a good win, a nice confidence booster heading into the playoffs, and I think we are going to play Mt. Ararat in two weeks, so this will give us confidence,” said Devereaux.

Hanson had 18 points, eight rebounds, three assists and three steals for Brunswick, with Cost adding 17 points. Dorr dished out five assists, while Souza pulled down seven boards.

Fahad Hassan chipped in 10 points for Lewiston, with Hussein adding eight points, five boards and three assists.


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