FORT KENT, Maine — The No. 11 Calais Blue Devils pulled off a 53-48 win Tuesday in Fort Kent to upset the No. 6 Warriors and gain a spot in the Maine Class C North basketball tournament quarterfinals next week at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor.
Calais (7-12) advances to play at 9:30 a.m. on Feb. 19 against No. 3 George Stevens Academy of Blue Hill (16-3), a 79-65 winner over No. 14 Central of Corinth on Tuesday night.
Fort Kent finishes its season at 14-5.
The offense for both teams got off to a slow start as reflected by the score at the end of the first quarter, when Calais led Fort Kent 4-2.
The Blue Devils went on to lead throughout, with a major push from the game’s high scorer, Blake Thomas, who netted 16 of his 18 points in the third quarter. John Socobasin was the second highest scoring Calais player with 12 points.
Caleb Delisle led the way for the Warriors offense with 16 points, followed by Jace Rocheleau, who successfully sank four deep 3-point shots for a total of 12 points.
Calais head coach Darrin Constant attributed the win to good, old-fashioned teamwork and effort.
“Everybody played their part,” he said of the Blue Devils. “They really played up to their potential.”
Constant added that the Devils’ regular-season schedule helped prepare them for the game against the Warriors.
“We faced tough competition all year; we played a tough schedule. We were not able to get over the hump on a couple of them but tonight we did,” he said.
Constant said Fort Kent also played well during Tuesday’s prelim game.
“They have a great team. They have a lot to be proud of,” he said.
Calais will take on either No. 3 George Stevens Academy of Blue Hill or No. 14 Central of East Corinth in the quarterfinals on Tuesday, Feb. 19.
This story originally appeared on Fiddlehead Focus.