Eagles cruise in semifinals, regional title game next

BANGOR—The George Stevens Academy defense shut down #5 Schenck for a 68-39 semifinal win on February 19 at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor. They face #3 Bucksport tomorrow night in a clash for the Northern Regional Class C title.

Nick Szwez scores a lay up against Schenck. hoto by Anne Berleant

Senior Nick Szwez scores a lay up against Schenck. Photo by Anne Berleant

A slow first quarter saw starters  Nick Szwez, Jarrod Chase, Beckett Slayton, Taylor Schildroth and Max Mattson unable to convert shots into points in the opening minutes until a jumper from junior Chase put GSA on the boards. Both team notched five fouls in the first quarter as the Eagles pulled to a 14-8 lead.

The Eagles found their stride in the second quarter, highlighted by sophomore point guard Taylor Schildroth’s eight-point run. Keeping their fouls down while Schenck hit double bonus with 3:28 to go, GSA ran away to a 33-16 point lead to close out the first half.

The third quarter was all GSA, with Schildroth notching a second eight-point run, and junior guard Slayton scoring a three-pointer for his first points of the playoffs.

Coach Dwayne Carter rolled out his bench for the fourth quarter, as the Eagles finished 68-39.

Schildroth lead the Eagles with 22 points, 6’4″ senior center Szwez scored 14, Chase 12, sophomore Max Mattson 10 and sophomore forward Stefan Simmons 3.

The Eagles last won the Class C regional title in 2003 and before that in 1979. Both times the team went on to win the state title.

First they must face the Golden Bucks—coached by Surry Elementary School teacher and athletic director Larry Deans— who won a tight 49-44 semifinal matchup against #7 Hodgdon, pulling ahead in the fourth quarter for the win.

The Eagles are 2-0 over Bucksport this year, with a late season game a tight four-point win.

The championship game is tomorrow, February 20, at 8:45 p.m.

Max Mattson shoots. Photo by Anne Berleant

Sophomore Max Mattson takes his shot. Photo by Anne Berleant

Taylor Schildroth drives down court against Schenck. Photo by Anne Berleant

Sophomore Taylor Schildroth drives down court against Schenck. Photo by Anne Berleant

Jarrod Chae controls the ball. Photo by Anne Berleant

Junior Jarrod Chae controls the ball. Photo by Anne Berleant

Beckett Slayton defends against Schenck. Photo by Anne Berleant

Junior Beckett Slayton defends against Schenck. Photo by Anne Berleant

Stefan Simmons drives around the Schenck defense. Photo by Anne Berleant

Sophomore Stefan Simmons drives around the Schenck defense. Photo by Anne Berleant

Khalede Clark looks for a pass in the fourth quarter. Photo by Anne Berleant

Senior Khalede Clark looks for a pass in the fourth quarter. Photo by Anne Berleant

Reece Dannenberg works the ball in the fourth quarter. Photo by Anne Berleant

Freshman Reece Dannenberg works the ball in the fourth quarter with Coach Dwayne Carter watching from the bench. Photo by Anne Berleant

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