Mariners boys follow Bucksport loss with strong win Scott's Sport Spot

Shepard battles

Sophomore Ethan Shepard battles for position. Photo by Jack Scott

The boys basketball team lost 59-34 at Bucksport on December 10. We played the first half pretty close, and only trailed 28-20 at the half. Bucksport was able to use their height inside and dominate us in the third period to put the game out of reach.

Coach Brian Billings mentioned that Bucksport was not only tall all around, but played a physical game that eventually wore us down. He thought we played well, running the offense and getting good looks, but Bucksport was very effective at limiting our second shots. Bucksport got many offensive rebounds for second chance points.

We had balanced scoring, but just not enough of it. Krisford Melanio led us with 9 points, Mason Oliver and Paul Zoephal each with 6, and Jared Gove and Ethan Shepard each with 5.

The boys turned up the heat to beat Jonesport 70-44 on December 13. Before the game, Coach Billings mentioned that he told his team he wanted stronger rebounding and more aggressive offense. I’m not sure how the rebounding turned out, but we certainly poured on the offense.

We led 19-11 after the first quarter with Gove getting 13 points himself. Things stayed about the same until about halfway through the second quarter when we turned up the speed and ended the half on an 11-0 run to lead 40-20. We kept up the offense and led 57-32 after three quarters. Coach Billings played all the subs after that as the game was never in doubt.

Gove led us with 20 points, Melanio 18, Oliver 11, and Davis and Shepard each with 6. If we can keep this mentality and keep working our defense, we should see better results ahead.

The boys suffered a setback, losing at Sumner 71-41 on December 15. Sumner led 17-8 after the first period and increased their lead to 31-15 at the half. We just couldn’t get the offense we found with Jonesport. Sumner pulled away in the third quarter to seal their win. Shepard led us with 12 points, Gove 9, Melanio 8, and Oliver 6. Again, balanced scoring but not enough of it.

The boys are 2-3 and have shown some inspired play already and need to build on that. The key will be to play with consistency. They are doing well on the learning curve but they still struggle at times as they develop. Coach Billings had mentioned that he hopes that we will be trying to hit our stride by the New Year and play to our potential. How well we meet that challenge will determine our position in the standings in the second half of the season.

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