After losing at home to No. 10 Rockland in its final regular-season game, No. 1 Camden Hills was not about to take its first-round playoff opponent — in this case No. 9 Mount Desert Island — for granted in Saturday afternoon’s Eastern Class B quarterfinal game at the Bangor Auditorium.

Thus, the defending state Class B champion Windjammers (18-2 overall) “took care of business,” as the sports cliche goes, against a lower-ranked opponent, beating the Trojans (11-9) 54-39.

The victory sets up a Midcoast semifinal showdown between Camden Hills and No. 5 Medomak Valley (15-4), which beat No. 4 Presque Isle (17-2) 46-42 in another quarterfinal playoff game Saturday in Bangor.

The semifinal playoff game between the Panthers and Windjammers will be Wednesday, Feb. 17 at 3;35 p.m. in Bangor.

During the regular season, Medomak Valley lost twice to Camden Hills — 54-43 Dec. 11 and 57-49 Jan. 29.

On Saturday, the Windjammers trailed 12-10 after one quarter before leading 22-17 at halftime and 33-23 after three stanzas.

Keying Camden Hills were Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Class B player of the year Tyler McFarland with 15 points; Joel Gabriele, 10; Will Vlautin, nine; Keegan Pieri, eight; Jimmy Weferling, six; Evan Drinkwater and Casey Scott, both two; and Casey Wilson and Taylor Hall, both one. Camden Hills made 10-of-16 free throws (63 percent).

For the Trojans, who also beat No. 8 and host Caribou (12-7) 44-39 in a prelim playoff last week, Caleb MacDonald netted 12 points, including making 10-of-12 foul shots; Nate Chisholm and Ben Walls, both seven; Jayson Burke and Dennis O’Neil, both four; Nick Shaw, three; and Duncan Smith and Sam Joy, both one.

MDI sank 21-of-33 free throws (64 percent), which was many more free-throw chances than veteran Windjammer coach Jeff Hart would have liked.

“I tell them all the time, fouling negates hustle,” said Hart. “And I think we committed way too many fouls. We held them to nine baskets and to put them on the line 33 times — that’s way too many. When you do that, the game slows down and everything is to their liking as far as tempos go. We’ve got to clean that up [before the next game].”

The opening eight minutes proved competitive as MDI came out ready to play. Leading the Trojans in that first quarter were MacDonald with four points and Walls three. For Camden Hills, Pieri scored four points, McFarland three and Vlautin two.

The Windjammers increased their defensive intensity in the second quarter to outscore MDI 12-5, including holding the Trojans without a field goal in the stanza. Gabriele hit a 3-pointer, McFarland scored four points and Weferling three to key Camden Hills’ offense MDI scored all five points in the stanza from the free-throw line.

It was more of the same in the third stanza as Camden Hills outscored MDI 11-6. This time the Trojans tallied three hoops, including two from Burke. Gabriele netted four points and Werferling three to spearhead Camden Hills.

During the final eight minutes,Valutin tallied seven points and McFarland six — while Gabriele drilled another trey — to keep Camden Hills ahead and MDI at arm’s length.

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