The undefeated Hermon Hawks stayed perfect as they held off a late run by the defending state champion MDI Trojans Saturday to claim the Class B north title and a trip to the state finals.

Junior guard Cody Hawes had a big game for the Hawks, pumping in 16 points in the 51-38 win at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor.

The Hawks (21-0) started strong, opening up a 22-point lead at halftime. MDI was able to cut the lead to nine points late in the in the game. However, MDI was unable to close the gap as they were forced to foul, and Hermon was able to sink its free throws at the end of the game.

It is Hermon's first regional title since 2000.

Garrett Trask had 11 points for Hermon and Isaac Varney had 10 points. Keenan Marseille finished with six and Jacob Godfrey had five points in the win.

For MDI, Andrew Phelps had 10 and Finn McConomy had nine. Andrew Shea had eight.

MDI finishes the season at 17-4.

What's next: The Hermon Hawks will play Wells in the state championship game at 9 p.m. on Friday, March 2 at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor.

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