DEXTER-- The Calendar says the high school basketball tournament starts in one month.
It was a tournament like atmosphere at Ed Guiski gymnasium on Friday evening.
The Dexter Tigers went on a 10-2 run in the fourth quarter, to pick up a 58-52 heal point worthy victory over Central.
Trevor Fogarty led the Tigers with 19 points, seven rebounds, seven assists, two steals, and one block.
Bailey Spack and Ethyn Gould also came up big for Dexter.
Spack recorded 17 points, three rebounds, and two assists. Gould added 15 points and seven rebounds despite being in foul trouble for the majority of the second half.
The Tigers jumped out to an 8-2 lead to start the game. They held a 16-11 lead after the first quarter.
Central went on an 8-0 run to take a 21-20 lead with 1:17 remaining in the second quarter.
Fogarty hit two 3-pointers to spark a 9-0 Dexter run in the final 57 seconds of the quarter, as they took a 29-21 lead going into halftime.
Jordn Smith scored seven points to spark a 9-0 run for Central to start the second half.
The teams went back and forth for five lead changes in the last four minutes of the third quarter. Dexter held a 40-39 lead going into the final quarter.
Fogarty went 5-6 from the free throw line in the final 90 seconds to secure the victory.
Dexter (6-5) moved up to sixth in the MPA class C heal point standings.
The top 11 will qualify for the tournament in class C. The top five earn a direct pass to the quarterfinals at Cross Insurance Center. Teams seeded six through eight will host a preliminary round game.
Dustin Sirabella scored four points and pulled down four rebounds for the Tigers. Zach White scored three points and dished out three assists.
Dexter shot 23-49 (46.9%) from the field, 3-11 (27.2%) from three point range, and 9-17 (52.9%) from the free throw line.
The Tigers pulled down 24 rebounds. They had 13 assists, while only turning the ball over seven times.
Despite the loss, it was a very successful week for the Red Devils.
Central (5-7) started the week in 14th place. With wins over Orono and PCHS, they are now 9th in the class C standings.
The Red Devils have plenty of heal points available on their schedule. Every game remaining is against teams that are battling for a tournament spot.
Smith finished with 21 points, 11 rebounds, and four blocks.
Kyle Ham added 16 points and 12 rebounds.
Andrew Prescott scored six points and dished out five assists.
Andrew Speed chipped in with four points, Tony Underhill scored three points, Grant Poulin added two for the Red Devils.
Central shot 20-47 (42.5%) from the field, including 4-13 (30.7%) from three point range. They shot 8-16 (50.0%) from the free throw line.
The Red Devils pulled down 27 rebounds. They had 15 assists and 10 turnovers.