There has been a lot of sickness going through the Jonesport-Beals boys basketball team, but you wouldn’t have known it based on Monday night’s performance in its Class D North quarterfinal against No. 9 Greater Houlton Christian Academy at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor.
Senior forward Ryan Alley poured in a game-high 21 points and the Royals’ smothering and relentless full-court press forced 26 turnovers as top seed Jonesport Beals remained undefeated with a 58-39 victory.
Jonesport-Beals (17-0) takes on No. 4 Machias (10-8) in Thursday’s 8:30 p.m. semifinal.
Jonesport-Beals beat Machias 83-52 and 84-48 in their two regular-season meetings.
Greater Houlton Christian Academy wound up 9-11.
Jonesport-Beals, which ousted GHCA 66-53 in the semifinals a year ago, rattled off a 10-0 run spanning the first and second quarters to build a 17-5 lead and strung together a 12-3 spurt to close out the half and swell the lead to 31-14.
GCHA couldn’t get any closer than 17 the rest of the way.
“Their press got us last year and it got us again this year,” Eagles senior forward Will Austin said.
“Their press is really tough to play against. And they’re very athletic,” GCHA senior center Parker Brewer said.
“Every night, we get after it defensively. That’s the key to our success so far,” said Royals senior Ryan Alley.
“The kids work hard and they like to press,” said his father, Jonesport-Beals coach Skipper Alley, whose team outrebounded GCHA 37-22.
“We’ve rebounded well all year. That has been a key for us,” said Skipper Alley.
Ryan Alley had six rebounds to go with his game-high 21 points. Adam Robinson contributed 12 points, four rebounds and three steals and Alvin Beal Jr. chipped in with 10 points six rebounds, three assists and two steals. Kaiden Crowley produced eight points, six rebounds, three assists and two blocked shots.
The hardworking Brewer led the Eagles with 12 points and a game-high nine rebounds along with two steals. Jeremy Stone, Austin Winslow and Silas Graham had five points each. Stone also had four rebounds and Winslow made two steals. Austin had four points and four rebounds.