Undefeated Eagle boys prep for tournament

Coach Dwayne Carter

Coach Dwayne Carter confers with the Eagles on home court. Photo by Anne Berleant

Blue Hill—The George Stevens Academy varsity boys basketball team is ranked #1 in the North heading into the tournament season, after defeating Narraguagus 78-51 on February 10.

At 18-0 for the season, the Eagles are preparing to defend their 2016 Class C state title—as the weather allows.

“This week will be crazy as the storms are affecting our plans,” Coach Dwayne Carter said on Monday.

The Eagles had a scrimmage scheduled in Newport against sixth-ranked Class A Nokomis (11-7) on Tuesday, and then planned on heading to Fort Kent to watch their prelim against Woodland; GSA will face the winner in the playoff quarterfinals, Carter said. On Thursday, they will compete in the Penobscot Valley Conference Class C/D championships.

“These games will keep us fresh and ready for the tournament,” Carter said.

With a bye for the preliminary playoff game, GSA enters the tournament in the quarterfinals, scheduled for Tuesday, February 21, at 8:35 p.m.

“This is the first undefeated season for the boys in school history. They are very proud of that but realize that now that the regular season is over, everyone is now on even ground.” —Coach Dwayne Carter

Looking ahead to the semifinals, the Eagles will likely face #4 Lee Academy or #5 Dexter, barring any upset in those teams’ quarterfinal games. The bottom half of the tournament draw includes #2 Fort Fairfield (17-1), #3 Hogdon (12-6) and #6 Schenck (13-5), teams GSA didn’t play in the regular season but, Carter said, have watched online “so we have an idea of what they do and their personnel.”

“We just need to stay focused and take it one play and game at a time,” he concluded. “We have a lot of experience that other teams do not, which will be an advantage for us.”

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