The North Country Men’s Baskebtall League concluded their season with Caron Building Center defeating The Town and Country, 78-69, in the finals this past Saturday night.

Caron’s, undefeated during the regular season and as the No. 1 seed in the playoffs, defeated REMax in the semi-final game, 77-72.

Leading scorers for the winners and losers were as follows: Caron’s-Yiram Villanueva, 26 points; Dylan Haynes, 19; Remax-Zach Knowlton, 28; and Josbert Villanueva 21.

In other semi-finals action, No. 7 Town and Country continued to jell as a team in the playoffs, and defeated H & R Block 64-45.

The Inn boys had four guys in double figures, including Austin Lesperance with 17; followed by Jordan Wheelock, 13; Dylan Curry, 12; and Josh Wheelock, 10.

Joey Fodor had 17 and Josh McBride 13 led H & R in scoring.

In the finals, the game was close and physical throughout with Caron’s holding on to a very slim 40-39 lead over Town & Country at halftime.

Caron’s went on a run early on the second half, with four consecutive three-pointers, to lead by 10 points (56-46), but the Town and Country kept plugging away and narrowed the gap to five points, at 68-63, with 4:24 minutes to go.

A mini-four-point run by Caron’s gave them a

nine-point lead that was difficult to overcome.

T & C did get the score to 75-69 but could get no closer, and with three free throws made, Caron sealed the win to finish the season and playoffs undefeated. This was their second consecutive championship.

The Town and Country’s scoring came from Captain Austin Lesperance with 20; Jordan Wheelock, 18; Spencer Hill, 10; Dylan Curry, 8; Buddy Lachance, 7; and Josh Wheelock, 6. Charley Alba also saw action.

Caron’s was led by Yiram Villanueva’s 28 points; Dominic Haines, 22, including 16 second-half points and six three-pointers; Captain Dylan Haynes, 11; Jesse Arsenault, 7; Lucas Ballanceau, 7; and Jesse Laflamme, 3. Veteran Mike Smith contributed to the win also.

Villanueva was the league most valuable player and leading scorer with 28.8 points per game.

League CEO Evan Arsenault was quick to thank all who made the season a success, including those who allowed the league to use the Gorham High School gymnasium, especially on short notice, volunteer referees, scoring table experts, particularly Kara Mercier and Danielle Couture, and all the players and fans who supported the program all summer long.

The fundraiser at the finals, including gate and 50/50 receipts, was a rousing success with the local Cal Ripken and Babe Ruth baseball programs receiving checks for $370 each to help their programs.

Thanks, Evan, for the outstanding job you did in running the program and keeping me updated with scores and pictures, all while participating as a player too.

The tradition continues with the Arsenaults establishing and smoothly running a successful summer basketball program.

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