PORTLAND, ME – The Maine Celtics shot the lights out and played stifling defense to take down Capital City 118-91 and sweep the back-to-back series.
Maine (5-1) was led by Sam Hauser with 18 points and 5 rebounds. Theo Pinson added 18 points and 6 boards. Juwan Morgan scored 15 points and added 9 rebounds, while Luke Kornet was near a triple-double with 12 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists. Chris Clemons led the bench with 11 points, while Ryan Arcidiacono, Brodric Thomas and Jaysean Paige each scored 10.
Ryan Arcidiacono opened the game by nailing an open three. Luke Kornet followed that up with a big dunk, and another Arcidiacono three. Maine opened the game on a 13-0 run before the Go-Go responded with a three by Joel Ayayi. The Celtics continued to pour it on, shooting over 50% in the period. Brodric Thomas paced Maine off the bench, making all 3 shots for 8 points. The Celtics led 31-17 after 1.
In the 2nd, Thomas fed Kenny Wooten, Jr. for an easy dunk. Chris Clemons buried his first two three-pointers to put Maine up 21 at 41-20. Hauser continued the hot shooting outside with a three of his own. Hauser beat the shot clock with another corner 3. Hauser led a balanced and potent first half offense with 12 points. Maine led 59-31 at halftime. The Celtics shot 50% (20-40) from the field in the first half, including 40.9% (9-22) from three-point range. Capital City, meanwhile, shot just 25.5% (12-47) from the floor and 18.8% (3-16) from downtown.
Kornet opened the second half with a three-pointer, and the Celtics were off and running. Arcidiacono’s driving layup put Maine up 33. Pinson started to make shots on the offensive end, and Bruno Fernando’s monster dunk put an exclamation point on the quarter. Still, the Go-Go were able to make some inroads in the period, led by Cassius Winston. At the end of the 3rd quarter, Maine’s lead was 89-65.
Capital City opened the 4th on a 7-0 run, cutting the deficit to 89-72. Pinson and Morgan hit back-to-back threes to right the ship. After a technical foul, Pinson settled down and scored two straight baskets. Maine was able to weather the storm and cruise to victory. The Celtics finished shooting 55% (44-80) from the floor, 42.5% (17-40) from three-point range, and 7-8 from the free throw line. Capital City shot 37.8% (34-90) from the field, 28.6% (8-28) from downtown, and 9-11 from the charity stripe.