ORLANDO, Fla. — Mike McDevitt scored 29 points and grabbed six rebounds Monday afternoon as the Maine Athletic Club 17-and-under boys basketball team defeated the New Jersey Elite 56-50 to advance to the championship game of silver bracket play at the AAU boys 11th-grade national Supershowcase basketball tournament.

The win was the second of the day for coach Carl Parker’s club, which topped the Brevard Elite of Jacksonville, Fla., 72-68, in the quarterfinals.

MAC will play in the championship game at 9:25 a.m. Tuesday against Maryland’s Finest 17U.

In the semifinals, MAC was facing a team it has lost to decisively during tournament play in May, and the New Jersey club featured Princeton recruit Amir Bell, a 6-foot-5-inch wing.

New Jersey took a 25-17 lead midway through the second quarter, but with McDevitt and Hampden Academy’s Zach Gilpin combining for 26 first-half points and Houlton’s Kyle Bouchard focusing defensively on Bell, MAC cut the deficit to 30-28 by intermission.

MAC jumped out to a 41-36 lead early in the third quarter, and maintained a 46-39 lead entering the final period.

The New Jersey team got no closer than four points during the final period.

Gilpin finished with 21 points and seven rebounds for MAC, while Bouchard had four points, nine rebounds and six assists.

Bouchard and Mike McDevitt each had double figures in both scoring and rebounding Monday morning to lead MAC past the Brevard Elite.

Bouchard had 22 points, 11 rebounds and four assists for the winners while McDevitt had 14 points and 15 rebounds. Gilpin added 16 points, five rebounds and five assists and Xavier Lewis of Bangor contributed 11 points and six rebounds.

This game was close throughout, and tied at 51-51 through three quarters before Brevard jumped out to a 59-55 lead midway through the final period.

But a 3-pointer by Bouchard gave MAC the lead for good at 60-59, and teammate Justin Rogers added five late points to help preserve the victory.

On Sunday night, Gilpin scored 17 points and grabbed seven rebounds as MAC edged The Florida Celtics 62-55 in its first game of silver bracket play

Bouchard added 16 points, seven rebounds and three assists while playing some point guard in the absence of Hampden’s Cam Scott (ankle injury), and McDevitt returned from an ankle injury of his own to add 16 points and six rebounds.

Lewis contributed eight points and 10 rebounds for the winners, who pulled away with a 14-4 run late in the third quarter.

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Ernie Clark

Ernie Clark is a veteran sportswriter who has worked with the Bangor Daily News for more than a decade. A four-time Maine Sportswriter of the Year as selected by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters...