A Terrible 3rd leads To A Maine Celtics 113-106 Loss

By DJ Harding 

After a Wednesday Loss to the Fort Wayne Mad Ants the Maine Celtics played at home against the Birmingham Squadron for a chance to improve their record of 8-4. Things were looking on the bright side to start with the Celtics taking a 11-2 lead to start the game. The Squadron wouldn’t go down that easily as they would tie the score up at 22 with 2 minutes left in the first quarter. Maine would go on an 8-2 run to close out the quarter and be up by 6 with a score of 30 to 24. The Second Quarter would have Maine extend their lead to 10 and keep it that way throughout most of the quarter. With 4 minutes left the Celtics would push their lead from 10 to 13 to end the half.

Coming into the second half with a score of 59-46 with the Celtics up 16. Birmingham would come out of the half swinging as they would get the score within 3. This came halfway through the 3rd quarter with the score being 66-63 and the Squadron going on a 17-7 run. Birmingham would keep the wheels rolling throughout the rest of the 3rd quarter and eventually gain their first lead of the game with a Jordan Swing score that would put them up 2 points with a score of 80-78. But despite the lead change Boston would crawl right back in it and eventually ahead as they would gain a 6 point lead up 94-87 with 7 minutes left to play. That would be the Celtics last lead of the game as Birmingham would outscore them 26-12 in those last 7 minutes and win the game 113-106.

The Celtics now fall to 8-5 which is 6th best in the East. The Birmingham Squadron had big performances from Dereon Seabron (27 points) and James Kelly Sr (20 points). For Maine they were led by Kamar Baldwin (23 points) and Marial Shayok (20 points) The Celtics will return to action February 1st as they travel to D.C to play the Capital City Go-Go.

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