GSA Eagles win second straight Class C North title Will face Winthrop in state championships

Taylor Schildroth looks for a way through the Fort Fairfield defense. Photo by Anne Berleant

Taylor Schildroth looks for a way through the Fort Fairfield defense. Photo by Anne Berleant

BANGOR –  The first-place George Stevens Academy Eagles used a 20-point fourth quarter to win its second Class C North title in as many years, taking a 59-45 victory over the second-seeded Fort Fairfield Tigers February 25 at the Cross Insurance Center.

The game was tied 39-39 at the end of the third, and head coach Dwayne Carter said he told his team it was time to dig in.

“I told them that we just had to go for it,” said Carter. “We had to get the ball inside, and we did, and scored two points off of it.”

The real victory, though, was the team’s defensive performance.

The George Stevens Academy Eagles, Northern Class C winners. Photo by Anne Berleant

The George Stevens Academy Eagles, Northern Class C winners. Photo by Anne Berleant

“This was definitely our best game defensively,” said Carter. “It just kept building and building and getting better each quarter. Max [Mattson] was huge inside, and we just all dug down as a team.”

Max Mattson blocks a shot by Fort Fairfield. Photo by Anne Berleant

Max Mattson blocks a shot by Fort Fairfield. Photo by Anne Berleant

Mattson recorded a double-double with 16 rebounds and 12 assists, to go along with eight points.

Taylor Schildroth took over offensively in the second half, recording a game-high 24 points despite running a temperature of 101, according to Carter.

Jarrod Chase takes the fast break. Photo by Anne Berleant

Jarrod Chase takes the fast break. Photo by Anne Berleant

“You expect one of your best players to step up when you need them to, and Taylor really did that today,” said Carter. “Moving Jarrod [Chase] out wide also allowed us to really work the ball around in the second half, so that was a good offensive adjustment.”

“It’s hard to do this [win a regional title] two years in a row,” added Carter. “The expectation was different this year, because we won last year. Last year’s felt so sweet, but this one has a different feeling to it.”

Stefan Simmons scores a three pointer in the third quarter. Photo by Anne Berleant

Stefan Simmons scores a three pointer in the third quarter. Photo by Anne Berleant

The only team standing between George Stevens and a second-straight Class C State title is Winthrop, who is in first place in Class C West. Both teams are undefeated heading into the state championship game, scheduled for the final game of State Championship Day, Saturday, March 4 at the Cross Insurance Center.

Beckett Slayton takes down the net after the win. Photo by Anne Berleant

Beckett Slayton takes down the net after the win. Photo by Anne Berleant

“We’re ready for the challenge,” said Carter. “We played them once in a preseason scrimmage after only one practice and lost, but we know their players and know how they play. They’re an aggressive team, but we’re ready for them. And we’re playing [at the Cross Insurance Center], which is kind of like home court advantage for us.”

A celebration reception is scheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday, February 26 in the George Stevens Academy cafeteria.

Beckett Slayton scores from beyond the three-point line. Photo by Anne Berleant

Beckett Slayton scores from beyond the three-point line. Photo by Anne Berleant

Coach Dwayne Carter pushes his team from the sidelines. Photo by Anne Berleant

Coach Dwayne Carter pushes his team from the sidelines. Photo by Anne Berleant

Percy Zentz scores. Photo by Anne Berleant

Percy Zentz scores. Photo by Anne Berleant

Jarrod Chase and Percy Zentz get ready to box out. Photo by Anne Berleant

Jarrod Chase and Percy Zentz get ready to box out. Photo by Anne Berleant

 

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