By Lance Legere
GORHAM — Senior Bryson Raymond used a season-high 33 points to eclipse the 1,000-point mark for his career on Friday night in his home court in Gorham. However, it was the Lisbon Panthers that were able to survive the major highlight of the evening, winning a competitive contest 73-59. The home team drew its biggest crowd of the year to witness a huge milestone for Raymond, who plays forward.
The game started off with both teams trading baskets back and forth in the first quarter. Lisbon ultimately pulled away at the end of eight minutes leading 24-14. Juniors Josh Woods’s 10 points and Parker Thornton’s six points led the Panther attack in the quarter.
Raymond scored eight first-quarter points, leaving him just seven away from 1,000 entering the second frame.
Halfway through the second quarter Raymond grabbed a defensive rebound, dribbled down the length of the court and laid it home for 1,000 points, sending the crowd into a frenzy. Raymond was swarmed by fans and his teammates. He went around the court to see his family and longtime friend and coach Mark Tilton. Gorham honored Raymond, having older brother Ben present him with his 1,000 point plaque that will be put on the Gorham gym wall.
Play was resumed to finish the quarter and Lisbon's Woods once again led the Panthers with seven points. The Huskies were led by Raymond’s seven points.
Gorham kept pace with the Panthers all the way through the second half, but Lisbon’s hot shooting night was too much for the Huskies to handle. The Huskies got themselves into foul trouble. The Panther’s were in the bonus for most of the second half and used it to their advantage.
For the game, Lisbon connected on 24 field goals, 11 coming from behind the arc, and shot 14 of 23 from the charity stripe. Josh Woods led the way for the Panthers with 28 points. Parker Thornton also contributed with 10 points.
For the Huskies, they connected on 24 field goals, six coming from three-point range, and shot two of five from the free throw line. Raymond led the charge with a game high 33 points and junior Lance Legere chipped in with 11 points on the night.
Gorham is scheduled to host Lin-Wood on Friday.
LHS 24 20 20 09 73
GHS 12 18 12 17 59