Eagles turn up the heat against Ellsworth

Sports; GSA; boys; Ellsworth; schildroth; 010716; Eagles; GSA; George Stevens Academy; basketball; game; high school; school; sport; sports; team Taylor Schildroth drives down court. Photo by Anne Berleant

Taylor Schildroth drives down court. Photo by Anne Berleant

BLUE HILL—A highly anticipated matchup between the undefeated George Stevens Academy boys varsity basketball team and Class B Ellsworth ended in a 52-47 win for the Eagles. They are now 9-0, and holding fast to the top Heal Point ranking.

Down 9-6 at the end of the first quarter, the Eagles defense held  Ellsworth to only four points in the second, while shooting for 19, heading into the third quarter with a 25-13 lead.  Ellsworth —who were 6-1 heading into the game—turned up its defense and battled hard in the third, but could only keep GSA from extending its lead, with an 12-point gap in place  to open the fourth at 36-24. Both teams were quick to foul into bonus time, slowing the action.

Sports; GSA; boys; Ellsworth; mattson; 010716; Eagles; GSA; George Stevens Academy; basketball; game; high school; school; sport; sports; team Max Mattson goes for a jump shot. Photo by Anne Berleant

Max Mattson goes for a jump shot. Photo by Anne Berleant

The court heated up with 2:18 on the clock and GSA leading 42-32 when Eagle point guard Taylor Schildroth was benched after being levied a technical foul for protesting a travel call, then hit with a second for disagreeing with the first. Ellsworth scored all four foul shots closing the gap to six points, to start a seven-point run that brought them  within four points in the last 45 seconds of play—but the Eagles held on for the win.

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Beckett Slayton crowds the court. Photo by Anne Berleant

Schildroth led GSA with 16 points with 8 coming in the pivotal second quarter, Jarrod Chase scored 11, while Nick Szwez earned a double-double with 11 points and 13 rebounds.

The Eagles host Deer Isle-Stonington Mariners at home on Friday, January 8, 7 p.m.

Sports; GSA; boys; Ellsworth; pumped; 010716; Eagles; GSA; George Stevens Academy; basketball; game; high school; school; sport; sports; team The Eagles race on court. Photo by Anne Berleant

The Eagles race on court. Photo by Anne Berleant

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