With the score knotted between Beaver Country Day and Pingree, and time about to expire, Beaver Country Day’s Rene Castro got the ball under the basket. He put up a shot, but it rimmed out.
It was a short-lived disappointment.
Last year’s Mariners squad was foiled by Pingree in its quest for a perfect Eastern Independent League season at home — in overtime. The team wasn’t about to repeat that indignity Thursday, especially after it had already let a 33-21 halftime lead slip away.
As time wound down in OT, Beaver Country Day got another chance, this time tied at 67. Castro had the ball again, passing to teammate Joe Connolly, who then hit a wide-open Jeff Spellman on the baseline. The freshman guard connected for a 3-pointer as the clock struck zero.
The 70-67 win pushed the Mariners to 16-0 in the EIL just before the start of tournament weekend. Pingree fell to 12-4.
Jherson Colon led the Mariners with 24 points. Castro finished with 21. Spellman’s buzzer-beater pushed him up to 9 points on the night.
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