BANGOR — Top-seeded Camden Hills was a little bit shorthanded going into Saturday afternoon’s Eastern Maine Class B basketball quarterfinal against Caribou.
Since depth is a hallmark of coach Jeff Hart’s successful teams, the Windjammers didn’t appear overly affected by having two members of their regular rotation unavailable.
Camden Hills applied its trademark full-court pressure, causing many of Caribou’s 28 turnovers on their way to a 79-44 victory at the Bangor Auditorium.
The Windjammers (19-0) face No. 5 Winslow (16-3) in Wednesday’s 8:35 p.m. semifinal.
Camden Hills manufactured an 18-6 first-quarter lead, then held the scrappy Vikings (13-7) at arm’s length for the duration of the game.
Senior forward Tyler McFarland, last year’s winner of the William C. Warner tourney MVP award, tossed in a game-high 29 points and snared nine rebounds to pace the Windjammers.
Joel Gabriele hit three 3-pointers on his way to 17 points, while Keegan Pieri contributed nine points and seven rebounds.
Camden Hills scored 32 points as a direct result of Caribou turnovers.
Coach Chris Casavant’s Vikings were OK in the half-court game, slowing down the ‘Jammers with their deliberate spread offense and clogging up the middle with a 1-2-2 zone.
However, Caribou was unable to overcome the cumulative effects of Camden Hills’ relentless pressure.
Matt Till connected for 23 points to lead Caribou, while Stephen St. Peter posted 10 points and five rebounds. Roland Thibodeau grabbed seven boards to help the Vikings grab a 33-29 edge in that department.