PLYMOUTH — Everywhere you looked Friday, there was a source of motivation for the Epping High School boys basketball team.

For star guard Hunter Bullock, whose triple-double defined a championship-game win over Littleton, and coach Nick Fiset, it came from people they could see in the stands at Foley Gym, cheering them on.

For forward Peyton Rivers, it was the memory of a sub-par semifinal performance. For supporting-cast guys like Shawn Hill, Adam LePage and Noah Bilodeau, it was the stories they read throughout the season that questioned the team’s depth beyond its stars.

Taken all together, it produced a championship result.

Start with the coach. A champion in his third season at Epping, Fiset took his first head coaching job after serving as an assistant at several levels with the Timberlane program, which struggled to win in the state's larger divisions.

Some of the people he coached with, and knew from his tenure there, were in the stands Friday cheering him on during the 72-61 win.

“It’s kind of validation,” said Fiset. “I was at Timberlane for a long time with those guys, where there were a lot of games that weren’t like this.”

Bullock, the Division IV Player of the Year, was playing in front of a large group of fans that included his older brother, Tommy, two years older, who graduated from Epping as a basketball standout and state champion in soccer.

With Littleton still hanging around midway through the fourth quarter, down 61-54 after a Jason Brammer 3-pointer, Bullock put his final stamp on a game that already had his mark on it.

He got to the line and made two free throws. After Landon Bromley hit a 3 to cut the margin to five, he answered with a drive, did again the next time and finally converted on a fast break to put the game away. He finished the game with 23 points, 15 rebounds and 10 assists.

“I knew we had to have some big buckets there in the fourth quarter,” said Bullock. “I looked in the crowd, my brother told me to get it going, and I just started attacking the rim. My brother’s a big motivation. He’s basically the reason I play basketball.”

Rivers, who finished with 18 points on 8-of-12 shooting, also had older siblings cheering him on. But his motivation was more internal. In Monday’s labor of a semifinal win against No. 4 Woodsville, he made just two shots and was whisper-quiet after halftime.

His performance in the final was a loud one, right from the start. He hit a foul-line jumper early and made three of his first four shots. He also grabbed seven rebounds and made three steals.

“I had the right mindset and I knew what was going on,” he said.

Then there was the supporting cast.

The Blue Devils probably don’t survive the semifinals unless LePage scores 16 points. Then, in the final, Bilodeau scored 10 points and Hill made four 3-pointers — three during a key stretch in the third quarter after the Crusaders have crept to within one.

“My role is to get open for the 3-point shot, passing the ball around and sometimes getting to the rim,” said Hill earlier this season.

“That kid doesn’t miss,” said Rivers. “I didn’t even bother going in for the rebounds because I knew he was going to make them.”

Of course, the collective motivation all year was to prove people wrong, the people who didn’t think the Blue Devils merited mention with the league’s favorites in the preseason.

“It was awesome,” said Bullock. “We played the underdog card all (year) and it worked out.”