Deer Isle—The boys varsity basketball team lost a nail biter to Searsport 44-43 in overtime on December 8. We led 17-13 at the half, but Searsport shot their way back to lead 29-28 after three quarters. After a sloppy fourth quarter, Searsport had the ball with less than a minute to play. They held for the last play and couldn’t pull it off, so we went to overtime.
It looked like our game as we pushed a lead to 5 points with a minute and a half left, but we stalled, despite some good looks. Searsport dropped in a 3-pointer with 30 seconds left to tie it up. We came down with a couple inside shots that rolled off the rim, and a Searsport player was fouled with 1 second left. He missed both shots, but a lane violation gave him a third chance and he nailed that one. Game over.
I felt that this was our game but we couldn’t put it away. It was a good motivator and we have played better since. Mason Oliver led us with 11 points, Paul Zoephel 10, and Ethan Shepard and Krisford Melanio each with 7.
On December 10, the boys lost to Sumner 48-46 in another close, hard-fought game. After being tied 21-21 at the half, we found ourselves down by 6 points near the end of the fourth quarter. We made a couple baskets and stops on the defensive end to get close, but Sumner put in a couple foul shots to give them the victory.
Sumner is a tall team that plays physical, but we hung with them all the way, just coming up a bit short. This was a much better game than we played with Searsport. Ethan Shepard had a big game with 20 points, Mason Oliver 12, and Paul Zoephel 6.
The boys finally caught a break and won a nail biter on December 12 against Shead 53-52. Shead hit a big 3-pointer with 45 seconds left to lead by 2. We took a time out and ran a play for Krisford Melanio to get an open look for a 3-pointer and he nailed it with 6 seconds left. Need I say that the crowd went wild? Talk about drama.
We had a slow start with turnovers, trailing 14-7 in the first quarter. We struggled in the beginning of the second quarter with turnovers and fouls, but ended the first half on an 8-0 run to trail 25-23. After that, the lead went back and forth until the drama at the end of the game. Krisford Melanio had 20 points, Mason Oliver 16, Paul Zoephel 7, and Ethan Shepard 6.
The boys are 1-3 but have shown a big improvement in play, with the point differential on the three games last week being a total of 4 points. Our half-court offense is getting better and that, along with fewer turnovers, will allow us to score more. If we can just push the offense up to the high fifties or sixties, we will have a better chance to start winning these close games.