The lower seeds prevailed in the semifinal double-header in Patrick Gym on Monday night.
Defending champion No. 3 Rutland squared off against No. 2 Mt. Mansfield in a rematch of last year’s championship game.
Once again, the Raiders emerged victorious, and topped the Cougars 61-52 for a chance at a three-peat.
The two teams bounced in last year’s semifinals battled for the other spot in the finals as No. 1 Rice and No. 5 St. Johnsbury took to the court.
The Hilltoppers came out on top with a 55-54 victory after Alex Carlisle drained a jumper with 10 seconds to go in the contest.
Rutland and St. J will fight for championship gold at 2 p.m. on March 2 in Patrick Gym.