BANGOR, Maine — The first meeting of the Brewer and Bangor boys basketball teams at the Cross Insurance Center will tip off an hour earlier than originally scheduled Saturday evening.

Game time for the “Cross Center Clash” has been moved up from 7 p.m. to 6 p.m. to accommodate fans who want to be home in time to watch the start of the NFL divisional round playoff game between the New England Patriots and Indianapolis Colts at 8:15 p.m., according to Brewer athletic administrator Dave Utterback.

Utterback, whose school is the home team for the game, and Bangor athletic administrator Steve Vanidestine consulted with coaches of the teams involved and reached a decision Tuesday morning to change the game time.

“We didn’t want people having to to have to pick and choose what events they wanted to see,” said Utterback., who added that with the game at 6 p.m., fans won’t feel the need to rush home to catch the start of the Patriots’ game and perhaps put themselves in perilous traveling situations given the unpredictability of winter road conditions.

The varsity game will cap off a boys basketball tripleheader at the Cross Center, beginning with a matchup of the schools’ first-year (freshman) teams at 3 p.m. followed by a junior varsity contest at 4:30.

Tickets for the event are $5 for adults, $3 for students and free for seniors 62 and older with proper identification and for children under 12 when accompanied by a paying adult.

Brewer and Bangor youth and middle-school basketball players also will be admitted free if they are wearing their team jerseys.

The Bangor varsity is ranked fifth in Eastern Maine Class A with a 5-3 record entering Tuesday night’s game at top-ranked and undefeated Hampden Academy. The Rams also are scheduled to host Cony of Augusta on Thursday night.

Brewer, 2-6 and ranked 11th, is scheduled to play at Hampden on Thursday.

The switch of the start time of the Bangor-Brewer game came one day after Fenway Sports Management and Hockey East pushed up times for Saturday’s “Frozen Fenway” college hockey doubleheader scheduled for Fenway Park in Boston in order to accommodate Patriots’ fans.

“When Frozen Fenway decided to move up their start times, we thought it made sense to do the same thing,” said Utterback.

The Brewer-Bangor girls game scheduled Saturday at Bangor High School will tip off at 2 p.m.

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...