BANGOR, Maine — The George Stevens Academy boys basketball team showed why it is the top seed in the Class C North tournament on Tuesday afternoon.
The Eagles from Blue Hill, whose only loss came to Class B North semifinalist Ellsworth by two points, dominated all phases of the game and used their superior height to full advantage en route to a 73-28 victory over eighth seed Fort Kent in their quarterfinal at the Cross Insurance Center.
George Stevens outrebounded Fort Kent 41-20. It also used a 15-0 run bridging the second and third quarters to build a 27-7 lead, and the Eagles were never threatened after that.
George Stevens, 18-1, will take on fifth seed Schenck of East Millinocket, 17-3, in a semifinal game at 8:35 p.m. Friday.
Fort Kent, making its first trip to Bangor in six years, concluded a 12-8 season.
Sophomore center Max Mattson, 6-foot-6, finished with 19 points and 14 rebounds, both game-highs, to pace the Eagles. He also blocked two shots.
Sophomore guard Taylor Schildroth had 17 points and six rebounds, and his four assists and four steals were both game-highs.
Nick Szwez, 6-4, contributed 14 points and four rebounds, and 6-3 Jarrod Chase chipped in with 13 points, six rebounds and three steals.
Fort Kent senior guard and leading scorer Ryan Chasse had to work very hard for his team-high nine points as George Stevens’ Beckett Slayton did an exceptional job guarding him.
“They’re amazing,” said Chasse, who also had five rebounds, two steals and two assists. “They outsized us and outplayed us. Their guards would penetrate and then kick the ball down low to their big men, and it was tough to stop them with our size.”
“We kept hammering the ball inside because we were so much taller, and they couldn’t guard any of us,” said Mattson.
“We played real well,” said Schildroth. “The scoring was even. The ball movement was key. Everybody got involved.”
Brandon Theriault, Micah Charette and Jacob Daigle had four points each for Fort Kent. Theriault had a team-high eight rebounds, and he had two assists, as did Charette. Daigle had four rebounds and two steals.
Schildroth had six points and two assists during the decisive 15-0 run with both assists setting up Chase for baskets underneath. Stefan Simmons’ traditional three-point play closed out the run.
The Eagles went on a 14-0 run later in the second quarter to build the lead to 45-12 with Szwez and Mattson scoring four points apiece and Schildroth and Simmons adding three each.
Fort Kent coach Derrick Cooper said George Stevens was the best team they’ve played this season.
“They aren’t flashy, but they’re solid, and they don’t make many mistakes,” he said.