It was only the first day of the MPA Maine high school basketball tournament, but this is going to be a tough play to beat.

After catching a rebound from Foxcroft Academy, John Bapst of Bangor player Eduardo Fiore heaved the ball more than three-quarters of the way down the court just before the buzzer rang at the end of the first quarter.

Amazingly, the ball went in.

The basket gave No. 11 John Bapst a 17-11 advantage at the end of the first quarter. The team went on to have its second upset of the tournament, defeating Foxcroft Academy 56-45.

“Can I be honest with you,” said Fiore of the shot. “[That’s] a little bit of weight room, and pure luck. I saw the clock and I just let it fly and the ball went in. I didn’t know how to react.”

John Bapst, which upset No. 6 Houlton 57-47 in the Round of 16, will next play No. 2 Orono and in Wednesday’s  7 p.m. semifinal.

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Lindsay Putnam

Lindsay Putnam is a senior editor for sports and features at the Bangor Daily News. Lindsay previously worked as an editor and reporter at the New York Post. She's a York Beach native and Colby College...