Fort Fairfield player Chase Coiley defends Washburn’s Colby Hewitt in a boys basketball game at Washburn on Dec. 30. Credit: David Marino Jr. | The Star-Herald

FORT FAIRFIELD, Maine — The No. 5 Fort Fairfield Tigers defeated the No. 12 Penobscot Valley Howlers, 70-53 Wednesday evening in a Class C North preliminary contest.

With the victory, the Tigers (13-6) advance to the quarterfinals where they will face No. 4 George Stevens Academy (17-2) in a quarterfinal at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18, at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor, fresh off a victory against Bucksport on Tuesday night.

Six Tigers players scored in the double digits, in what was a big offensive night for Fort Fairfield. Senior Dawson Watson led with 16 points, senior Wyatt Keegan had 13 and junior Kadin Barnes had 11. Senior Colby Langner, senior Chase Griffeth and sophomore Chase Coiley each had 10 points.

Fort Fairfield coach Vaughn McLaughlin said his team was already preparing to take on a powerful opponent in Bangor.

“It will take a great defensive effort and balanced scoring to compete with their athleticism,” McLaughlin said. “We all look forward to the opportunity and the challenge.”

Penobscot Valley will end its season with an 8-11 record.