The first round of the Busline League Division II Small School Division basketball playoffs kicked off Tuesday afternoon, with three combined games on the slate in the boys and girls divisions.

Semifinal games are set to be played Thursday, Feb. 4, with the championships to be played Saturday, Feb. 6 at Lincoln Academy in Newcastle. The boys championship will start at 2 p.m., while the girls final is set to tip off at 4 p.m.

On the boys side in Tuesday’s first-round games, No. 3 Great Salt Bay of Damariscotta (6-5) pulled out a 61-52 win at home over No. 6 Searsport (0-11), while No. 4 Bristol (5-5) defeated No. 5 St. George (4-7) 53-41.

In semifinal games set to by played Thursday, the third-seeded Cougars will travel to No. 2 Woolwich (6-3) to battle the Wildcats, which will tip off at 3:45 p.m., while top-seeded Thomaston Grammar School (10-0) will host the No. 4 Blue Devils at 5 p.m. in Thomaston. The winners of those two contests will face off Saturday for the Busline League crown.

On the girls side in Tuesday’s first-round games, No. 4 Woolwich (3-6) defeated fifth-seeded Thomaston (0-9) in Woolwich.

In semifinal action slated for Thursday, the No. 4 Wildcats will now travel to No. 1 Searsport (8-0) set to tip off at 3:45 p.m., while No. 2 St. George (6-2) will host No. 3 Great Salt Bay (4-4) at 3:45 p.m. in Tenants Harbor. The winners of those two contest will face off Saturday for the Busline League championship.

The following is a recap of the one reported game played Tuesday:

No. 4 Bristol boys 53, No. 5 St. George 41 … At Bristol, the visiting Dragons could not overcome a strong second quarter by the host Blue Devils and fell by 12 points. St. George led 12-8 after the first quarter, but Bristol rebounded to take a 29-19 lead at halftime and a 37-29 advantage after three quarters.

Ben Caron had 14 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Dragons, while Corey Robbins netted 13 points and handed out six assists. Other statistical leader for St. George included John Ferguson (6 points, 6 rebounds), Douglas Anderson (6 points, 6 rebounds) and Zach Elwell (2 points, 5 rebounds).

Mitchell Cummings led the Blue Devils with 22 points, while Seward Matel added nine; Tyler Cheney, eight; Austin Dodge, six; Sam Genthner, four; and Lucas Bickford and Matthew Bolster, both two.

Bristol shot 7-of-20 (35 percent) from the foul line and finished 22-of-54 (41 percent) from the field. Bristol committed 49 turnovers, but outrebounded the Dragons 54-33.

VillageSoup Associate Sports Director Mark Haskell can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail at mhaskell@villagesoup.com.