The defending state champions punched their ticket to the regional final game, cruising past the Dexter Tigers in Friday's semifinal at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor.

George Stevens (20-0) used its potent offense and stifling defense to to earn their way to the Class C North final against the No. 2 Fort Fairfield Tigers on Saturday.

From the outset, the Eagles controlled the game, jumping out to a 28-10 lead at halftime and 47-17 after three quarters. When the buzzer sounded, the final score was 60-31.

Junior standout Taylor Schildroth led the Eagles with 29 points, many of which came on easy layups off Dexter turnovers. Maxwell Mattson added 12 points. Senior Jarrod Chase has seven points.

For Dexter (15-6), Jacob Bickford led the team with eight points. Jason Campbell finished with six points after fouling out with 3:38 to go in the game.

The Class C final between George Stevens and Fort Fairfield will begin at 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 25 at the Cross Insurance Center.

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