AUGUSTA — The No. 3 Islesboro boys basketball team saw its road to a state Class D championship detoured on Monday afternoon, Feb. 21 by No. 6 Pine Tree Academy of Freeport, an opponent the Eagles had defeated twice during the regular season.

The Breakers went on an 18-4 run in the second quarter and rode that momentum to a 58-47 victory over the Eagles in a quarterfinal playoff game at the Augusta Civic Center.

Islesboro’s Sam Jagger (3) and Pine Tree Academy’s David Knowles. Photo by Holly Vanorse Spicer

With the win, Pine Tree Academy (8-11) advanced to the semifinals, where it will face No. 2 Valley of Bingham (11-4) on Wednesday, Feb. 23 at 10 a.m. back at the same venue.

Islesboro’s season concluded at 7-7.

In three regular-season games, the islanders had beaten PTA 49-39 and 48-42, and also lost 43-40.

Islesboro’s Alex Watson. Photo by Holly Vanorse Spicer

On Monday, Pine Tree Academy held a 9-8 edge after the first eight minutes and extended that advantage to 27-12 at halftime and 42-23 after three quarters.

Charlie Jagger led the Eagles with 13 points, while Alex Watson added 11; Shamus Dove, seven; Dylan Frank, five; Sam Jagger and Logan Burns, four; and Robert Conover, three.

Alden Thacker paced the Breakers with 30 points, while Ben Ndamukunda added 14; Jessy Ishimve, seven; Silas Yeaton, five; and Senis Belandria, two.

Islesboro’s Tobias Conover (5) and Sam Jagger (3), along with Pine Tree Academy’s Alden Thacker. Photo by Holly Vanorse Spicer

“We knew what we were up against having played PTA three times already,” said Islesboro coach Josh Pedrick. “Unfortunately we didn’t execute what we needed to when it came down to it. We outscored them 24-16 in the fourth quarter when we started playing Islesboro basketball that I knew my team was capable of, but it was a little too late then. This was the team’s first time being in Augusta and I couldn’t be more proud of them. We will be back next year.”

Islesboro was 12-of-25 (48 percent) from the foul line, while PTA converted 11-of-16 attempts (69 percent).

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