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.
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.
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.