The Deer Isle-Stonington boys basketball team lost to Bangor Christian 65-38. We played BC pretty even until the end of the first quarter when BC dropped in a couple three-pointers and a two-pointer to lead 13-6. We caught up in the second quarter until the end of the quarter again, with BC scoring the last 5 points to lead us 25-18.
BC took charge in the third quarter, outscoring us 19-10 to give them a commanding 44-28 lead. We just don’t have the firepower to overcome that, so Coach Brian Billings put in the younger players for most of the fourth quarter to get them used to varsity speed.
Mason Oliver led us with 10 points, Jared Gove 9, Ethan Shepard and Krisford Melanio each with 6, and Elliot Nevells 4. BC was more aggressive than we were. We missed four open layups in the third quarter. It may be we are just too tight and need to relax and just play without trying to overdo.
The boys lost to Shead 47-34. We got torched by a hot Shead player in the first quarter and trailed 16-4. We played them pretty even after that, playing a steady half-court game and pushing the ball inside. Coach Billings felt we played a much better game than before, sticking to the offense plan more consistently.
Jared Gove led us with 11 points, Krisford Melanio 8, Mason Oliver 6, Noah Davis 5, and Paul Zoephel 4. Although in the long run we needed more offense, we didn’t fall apart when we were trailing late in the game.
The boys lost to a good Machias team 65-35. After a slow first quarter where we trailed 9-5, Machias pulled ahead with offensive rebounds, beating us back on transition and a couple of quick three-pointers to lead 28-18 at the half.
Everything went Machias’s way in the third quarter and they couldn’t miss the quick shots they took as well as scoring on several offensive rebounds. We got way behind and we don’t have the fire power to recover from that. Jared Gove led us with 12 points, Ethan Shepard 7, Krisford Melanio 7, and Noah Davis 6.
The boys are 2-12 and haven’t been able to recover their composure after they won two of their first four games. Though we have shown more patience on offense, we still are forcing things when we get pressed. We need to continue on this course, believe in our offense, and hopefully good things will happen. We knew we would struggle but hoped it would have worked out by now.