DEER ISLE—The boys basketball team rode a strong second half to win their first game against Penobscot Valley 43-30. We started well and took an 11-5 lead after the first quarter. We went away from what was working and had a poor second quarter to be tied 15-15 at the half.
We came back strong in the third quarter and took a commanding lead 30-23 after that. We extended the lead in the fourth to record the win. Jared Gove had 19 points, Krisford Melanio 14, and Ethan Shepard and Mason Oliver each had 6. Coach Brian Billings mentioned that Mason Oliver also played solid defense on PVHS’s strongest player to hold his offense down.
The boys were not able to continue their streak as they lost to Shead 61-31. There were a lot of fouls called in this game, and we suffered from foul trouble throughout the game. Shead played an aggressive zone defense which caused us to make some poor passes that were stolen. Shead was aggressive inside on offense as well and drew fouls on us. Shead led 24-17 at the half and shot 12 of 27 from the foul line in that half.
We were lucky to be down only 7 at the half, but Shead slowly increased their lead in the third quarter. Ethan Shepard picked up his fourth foul just a minute into the third quarter, so he did a lot of sitting. Halfway through the third quarter, we trailed only 33-22, but Shead outscored us 14-2 in the rest of the quarter to lead 47-25 by the end.
Shead out-hustled us down the court, and we made more bad passes to seal our fate. With many starters in foul trouble and the game out of reach, Coach Billings put in the freshmen and subs for the last quarter. The Shead coach did the same and these players got experience that will help them develop their game. Mason Oliver led us with 11 points, Paul Zoephal had 6, and Jared Gove and Krisford Melanio each had 5. Jared Gove drew a lot of attention as an outside shooter and he will have to work hard to get open when teams focus on him.
The boys did well to start off with a win since this is such a new group without experience together. We need to put Shead behind us and move on to refining our offense. We have quick guards and inside height but we have to work together. We’ll need some outside shooting beside Jared Gove to beat the zone defense as Shead was all over him. Expect this team to improve but still be inconsistent for a while until everyone can get on the same page.