BANGOR—No one expected a battle as the undefeated George Stevens Academy Eagles faced Woodland in the Class C North tournament quarterfinals, and the top-seeded Eagles easily rolled over the eighth seed, whose regular season record was 9-7, with a two-point preliminary playoff game win over #9 Fort Kent.
The George Stevens boys played the first quarter like a team that lost only once over the last two seasons and took home the Class C state title in 2016, allowing Woodland only two points, six minutes into the first quarter, while racking up 24. Senior Jarrod Chase began the show by dunking off a pass from junior Taylor Schildroth off the game tip off. Chase went on to score nine points, while junior Max Mattson led scoring with 15 points, and had 12 rebounds and blocked nine shots.
They showed a few cracks in the second quarter, missing shots they usually make, while Woodland honed in offensively, scoring 13 points to GSA’s 17, for a 41-15 score heading into the third quarter. The Eagles then tightened up their game, for a 63-25 lead by the quarter’s end, and, sending in their bench for the final quarter, finished 72-31.
Schildroth added 12 points for the Eagles, while junior Stefan Simmons scored 11 and freshman Caden Mattson added eight.
The Eagles faces #5 Dexter (14-5) in the semifinals on Friday, February 24, quarterfinal winners, 58-45, over Lee Academy.