BANGOR — Winslow coach Ken Lindlof knew his team would have to play very well to upset undefeated Hermon in the Class B boys basketball semifinals Wednesday at the Cross Center. While the Black Raiders played well in stretches, it wasn’t enough to hold the Hawks at bay, and Hermon pulled away with a 57-32 win.

“Their roster is bigger, stronger, faster,” Lindlof said. “We had to play a pretty flawless game.”

Hermon, now 20-0, will play No. 2 Mt. Desert Island in the regional final Saturday. No. 4 Winslow ends the season at 16-4.

Down as many as 16 points in the second quarter, Winslow opened the third quarter with a 10-0 run to cut Hermon’s lead to three points, 26-23, with two minutes left in the quarter. From there, it was all Hawks. Hermon went on a 14-0 run to regain control, and pulled away in the fourth quarter.

“They were playing well, and they were playing as a team. They were playing slow. Playing slow means we have to play better defense, and that gets us tired. They were making shots,” Hermon Mr. Basketball semifinalist Keenan Marseille said. “Garrett (Trask) hit a big three, and that got us going. I happened to have a good shot. We started making shots, and we started playing as team again.”

PLAYER OF THE GAME: Marseille scored 10 of his game-high 18 points in the second half, helping the Hawks pull away. Marseille also was good in transition early, as Hermon ran to a 17-3 lead after one quarter.

“It’s something we take advantage of. We’re a long team. We’re athletic. We share the ball well,” Marseille said.

Hermon’s speed and size make it tough to defend, Lindlof said.

“They space the floor really well, so they make you cover from sideline to sideline. There were no surprises. We knew what they’d do,” Lindlof said. “Their transition game, that’s what got them jump-started. That kind of set the tone.”

PATIENCE: When Winslow was able to control the tempo and slow the game down in the third quarter, the Black Raiders had success. Defensively in that stretch, Winslow was able to limit Hermon to one shot. At the offensive end, the Black Raiders worked to find an open shot. Hunter Campbell’s layup with 2:10 left in the third cut Hermon’s lead to 26-23. Marseille was fouled making a shot to snap Winslow’s run, and when he missed the free throw, Trask grabbed the rebound for the putback, and Hermon’s lead was back to 10 points, 33-23.

Colby Pomeroy led Winslow with 11 points. Jack Morneault and Jake Lapierre each scored six for the Black Raiders.

Travis Lazarczyk — 861-9242

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