AUGUSTA — Bo Leary and Edward Little expected the kitchen sink from Mt. Ararat on Saturday afternoon.

Instead, the Eagles simply shined and sharpened the utensils a little bit, and Leary enjoyed his usual smorgasbord.

Leary scored 28 points — half of them from the free-throw line — and staked No. 3 EL to a convincing 66-48 Eastern Class A quarterfinal victory at Augusta Civic Center.

Mt. Ararat employed a 3-2 zone to clog the middle and shuffled a second body at Leary every time he did get the ball.

Sixteen trips to the line were the net result. Leary missed only two.

“I kept getting calls and making my foul shots,” Leary said. “They were doubling down. It’s what we’ve seen all season pretty much.”

That’s straight from the basic scouting report: Make the other Eddies beat you from the perimeter.

And they did. Timmy Mains nailed three 3-pointers. Cody Nicholas and Brandon Giguere each knocked down another.

“We knew they were going to do different things. They lost to us twice. All the pressure was on us,” EL coach Mike Adams said. “I thought their zone was effective. We responded. We’ll take it.”

Two-time defending regional champion EL (18-1) will meet No. 2 Hampden (16-3) in the semifinals at 7 p.m. Wednesday. Hampden handed EL its only loss of the KVAC regular-season.

Relentless point guard Mains put on a show at both ends with 14 points, seven rebounds, seven steals and five assists for the Eddies.

Leary’s younger brother, sophomore Quin, piled up seven of his nine points in the second half.

“They didn’t shut Bo down, but they definitely made it a lot harder to get him the ball,” Mains said.

Quin Leary set the tone with a short jumper after the opening tap. Mains canned a 3-pointer courtesy of a Nicholas feed on the Eddies’ next possession.

Mt. Ararat (10-9) scored six straight points to snag its only lead before EL finished the quarter on a 9-2 run.

Bo Leary scored seven of those and dished to Nicholas for the last two, helping the Eddies overcome a skid of six straight misses.

“We weren’t quite as patient as we wanted to be offensively. One thing we try to stress is good shot (versus) best shot,” Adams said. “We took a lot of good shots early on that were not the best shots. We were working out some of the kinks. I liked what we did in the second half better.”

Not that the second quarter was bad by anyone else’s standards. Mains, Giguere and Nicholas each connected from long range — the last two back-to-back in the final 1:11 — to build a 29-15 halftime lead.

EL limited explosive Mt. Ararat senior guard Josh Walker to six points in the first half. Walker wound up with 23.

“We had to stop Walker,” Mains said. “We tried. We didn’t really succeed.”

Walker’s 3-pointer at the third-period horn brought the Eagles within 14 points at 42-28. He nailed another to trim Mt. Ararat’s deficit to a dozen with 6:24 to go.

Between Mains and the Leary brothers, the Eddies scored eight of the next 10 points to put it away.

Mt. Ararat shot 33 percent from the field and committed 15 turnovers, most of those either directly into Mains’ fingers or a product of his quick feet and court sense.

“You cannot win if you don’t score, and we didn’t shoot as well as we wanted to or as well as we needed to,” Mt. Ararat coach Aaron Watson said. “I was very proud of our kids’ effort. No one quit. No one took a possession off. The last few days at practice we solidified how important that was. It’s disappointing to lose, but that’s a great team and they’re my pick.”

Luke Liedman added nine points and 10 rebounds for Mt. Ararat. Josh Wright scored all eight of his points in the second half.

Mt. Ararat lost to EL in the quarterfinals for the second time in three years.

“We knew it wasn’t going to be easy,” Bo Leary said. “It’s the playoffs. Teams come to play. (Four) years ago, we lost in the first round, my brother’s (Cam’s) senior year. We didn’t want to do that.”

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