WASHBURN, Maine — The No. 9 Greater Houlton Christian Academy outlasted the No. 8 Washburn Beavers 77-49 Wednesday evening in a Class D North preliminary contest.
With the victory, the Eagles (9-10) advance to the quarterfinals where the team will face No. 1 Jonesport-Beals (16-0) 8:30 p.m. Monday at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor.
The Beavers of Washburn end its season with a 6-13 record.
The Beavers put up a hard fight for a spot in Bangor, but the story of the game was a robust Eagles offense. The team built a 34-22 lead at halftime that it would not relinquish for the rest of the game.
Greater Houlton Christian Academy could not have done it without some big shooters, including senior Will Austin, who led Greater Houlton Christian Academy with 28 points. Sophomore Silas Graham and senior Parker Brewer both had 14 points as well.
That trio’s 56 points led the Eagles as they landed a number of points. They had ample opportunity, as Greater Houlton Christian Academy continuously got Washburn on the rebound.
The top-scoring players for Washburn were sophomore Beckam Vaughn, who had 16 points, including two 3-pointers. Junior Devin Dionne had 15 points and junior Aidan Churchill and senior Colby Hewitt each had seven.
Greater Houlton Christian Academy coach Matthew Day said his team had performed well, preventing Washburn’s big shooters — Churchill and Hewitt — from having offensive numbers that could have put its lead in jeopardy. He particularly praised the performance of Austin.
“We prepared for it, and we executed what we wanted to,” Day said.
Day said he was looking forward to facing Jonesport in the tournament and that his team was working on how they would stop that team’s strong offense.
Washburn coach Michael Hartford said his team had put more than enough effort in but just weren’t able to have the numbers they needed to win.
“We just couldn’t score the basketball as well as we would like and didn’t defend well enough,” Day said.
Day said he had reassured his team that he was happy with how they had done all season. With the same talent at his disposal next season, he hoped they could make it to Bangor without a prelim.
“I’m proud of what they did tonight,” Day said. “I’m proud of what they did all season.”