The Orono Red Riots barely got into the Class B North postseason party, beating out Foxcroft by less than one Heal Point. Wednesday nght the Riots proved they belong by knocking off #6 Ellsworth 49-41.

Neither team could extend small leads they had throughout the game. The largest lead was seven points.

In the fourth quarter it was clutch free throw shooting by Orono that made the difference. Junior Jonathan Steelman made eight of nine attempts and finished with 15 points for the Red Riots.

The Eagles struggled on offense all night. Zach Harris had 15 to lead Ellsworth.

The now 7-12 Riots move into the quarterfinal round and will play #3 Presque Isle Friday night at 8pm.

Other Wednesday night playoff scores...

Class B North BOYS
#9-Belfast 49    #8-Caribou 48
#10-MCI 53    #7-Washington Academy 56
#11-Orono 49    #6-Ellsworth 41

Class C North BOYS
#9-Houlton 51    #8-Lee Academy 36
#10-Bucksport 55    #7-Piscataquis 59
#11-Calais 49    #6-Penobscot Valley 66
#12-Dexter 47    #5-Fort Kent 68
#13-Madawaska 47    #4-Central Aroostook 72
#14-Sumner (8-10) at #3-Mattanawcook Academy

Class D North BOYS
#9-Deer Isle-Stonington 65    #8-Bangor Christian 76
#10-Southern Aroostook 70    #7-Easton 52
#11-Shead (6-12) at #6-Machias (11-7)