The defending state champions put the rest of Class C on notice that they will not give up their crown easily.

The top-seed George Stevens Academy Eagles started out their quarterfinal game with Woodland with a dunk and didn't look back, cruising to a 72-31 victory Tuesday night at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor.

It was a balanced scoring attack from GSA, with junior Max Mattson with 13 points, junior standout Taylor Schildroth with 12 points, Jarod Chase and Stefan Simmons each had 11 points.

Woodland did fight to the end, however, hustling after loose balls playing hard for the large crowd from the Baileyville area.

Sabre Phelps led the Dragons with 8 points.

George Stevens will meet Dexter in the semifinals, after the Tigers beat Lee Academy 58-45 in the first game of the evening session.

George Stevens moves to a perfect 19-0. Woodland finishes the season at 10-8.

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