BANGOR, Maine — Camden Hills harassed Mount Desert Island with relentless full-court pressure Saturday afternoon, setting the tone for a 54-39 Eastern Maine Class B boys basketball quarterfinal victory at the Bangor Auditorium.
The top-seeded Windjammers hounded the No. 9 Trojans into 31 turnovers and scored 21 points as a direct result of those miscues.
Coach Jeff Hart’s Camden Hills squad (17-2) earns a spot in Wednesday’s 3:35 p.m. regional semifinal against Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference rival Medomak Valley of Waldoboro (15-4), the No. 5 seed.
MDI finishes the season 11-8.
The Windjammers’ swarming defense made the Trojans work hard to get the ball up the court on every possession, although Camden Hills did get itself into some foul trouble along the way.
The Windjammers weren’t able to stretch their lead until the third quarter. Joel Gabriele scored four points during an extended 9-2 run that gave Camden Hills a 33-21 lead with 1:59 left in the third quarter.
MDI kept battling, and used its own scrappy defense and rebounding to hang tough against the taller ’Jammers.
Camden Hills finally was able to put the game away in the last 3:49.
Six-foot-6 Tyler McFarland sparked the Windjammers with 14 points and 14 rebounds. Keegan Pieri provided 11 points and seven rebounds, while Gabrielle finished with 10 points.
Camden Hills outrebounded MDI 38-33.
Caleb MacDonald led the Trojans with 10 points, eight of which came from the foul line. Ben Walls added nine points and Nate Chisholm added seven points and five rebounds.
MDI managed only nine field goals in the contest, but went 21-for-33 from the foul line.