The defending Class C South boys’ champions and third-seeded Hall-Dale pulled away from No. 2 Waynflete in the second half of Thursday’s semifinal game 65-58 to earn a chance to repeat in the regional finals.
Hall-Dale’s season improves to 19-1. Waynflete’s season ends at 15-3.
The teams battled back and forth for the lead in the first half. Waynflete led 18-15 at the end of the first, but Hall-Dale fought back to lead by two at the half. The teams had six lead changes and three ties in the first half.
Hall-Dale now moves on to the Class C South finals, where they will face the winner of tonight’s semifinal match between No. 5 Traip Acad. (15-5) and No. 1 Winthrop (18-1). The game will take place on Saturday, Feb. 23 at 8:45 p.m.
The Bulldogs reached the state title game in 2018 and lost by five to George Stevens Academy, 64-59.
It was the first time Waynflete had reached the semifinals since 2017, when they were knocked out by Madison High School.