Eagles focus on defense as ‘rock of the team’

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Taylor Schildroth takes a foul shot. Photo by Anne Berleant

Blue Hill—With two scrimmages and two exhibition games to gauge strengths and weaknesses, the George Stevens Academy varsity boys basketball team opens its season on Saturday, December 5, in Deer Isle against the Deer Isle-Stonington Mariners.

The team scrimmaged against John Bapst and Orono on November 25, with the Eagles finishing ahead of both teams, 62-46 against Orono and with a wider margin against John Bapst.

The team followed up with two exhibition games against Orono and Stearns on November 28.

“We transitioned well up and down the floor,” Coach Dwayne Carter wrote in a recent email. “We have been focusing on defense and intensity and will still need to amp that up as the season progresses.”

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Jarrod Chase lays it up. Photo by Anne Berleant

Carter said he is building the Eagles defense as “the rock of the team,” while disciplining the offense to keep pushing the ball up the court.

The challenge, right now, Carter said, is team injuries, with starting center senior Nick Szwez out with a broken hand, and starting forward junior Jarrod Chase limping out of Saturday’s exhibition games with a sprained ankle.

Sophomore Taylor Schildroth is starting point guard, senior Will Entwisle starts as guard, and sophomore Max Mattson as forward.

Until Szwez is back from the sidelines—which will be very soon, Carter said—Mattson has slid into the center spot, with sophomore Stefan Simmons starting as forward.

Off the bench are forwards Khameni Peasley and Dakota Chipman, guards Beckett Slayton and Steven Wang, and Tyler Snow and Jacob Keenan as forwards.

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Stefan Simmons outpaces the Orono defense. Photo by Anne Berleant

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