Pender beat Perquimans 58-49 in the Class 1A boys semifinals at the Eastern Regional Tournament in Greenville.
The Patriots jumped out to an early 11-4 first period lead and led the the rest of the way.
Lee Paxton led all scorers with 20 points. Addison Spruill added 16 points and pulled down 15 rebounds for Pender in the victory.
Pender will face Goldsboro in the 1A east final game Saturday at 11am at Minges Coliseum.