Caribou Varsity Boys Basketball Wins Class B State Championship

PORTLAND—After waiting 50 years to win an elusive Gold Ball, another eight minutes was just icing on the cake for the Caribou boys’ basketball team and its legion of fans Saturday afternoon at the Cross Insurance Arena. Facing Cape Elizabeth in the Class B state final, a half-century after Mike Thurston’s fabled shot produced their only championship, the Vikings needed 32 minutes of regulation and eight more of overtime to bring home another crown.And what a 40-minute passion play it was, as the Capers fought them tooth and nail for all 2,400 seconds and nearly stole it away at the horn.It was an instant classic which featured plays made, shots missed, seven ties and seven lead changes and was one that was culminated by a shot which could have lived in lore, but instead was met with relief on one side of the building and agony on the other.

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