Deer Isle—The boys basketball team lost on January 8 to George Stevens Academy 59-42. This was a much better game than the thumping we took at the beginning of the season. In that game we lost by 33 points and trailed by 28 points at the half. We trailed 22-13 after one quarter and 37-25 at the half. We played a much better game all around, but GSA has a very deep and talented team this year. Ethan Shepard led us with 10 points, Paul Zoephel 9, Krisford Melanio 7, and Mason Oliver and Noah Davis each with 6.
The boys traveled to Machias the next day and lost 80-47. We had bad luck with taking good shots but not getting them to fall. We didn’t play with as much energy as we needed and Machias shot well in their gym. We got behind early, trailing 22-10 after the first quarter and trailing by double digits after that all game long.
We didn’t stick to the game plan and Machias is a good team, so we weren’t able to keep up. We made mental errors as well. We needed a solid game from everyone and it just didn’t happen. Ethan Shepard and Silas Bates led us with 10 points each.
On January 11, the boys lost to Searsport 60-45. This was a game where we trailed by 5 to 10 points all game long. We were getting the looks that we wanted, but couldn’t get the ball to drop in. We turned the ball over less than Searsport and we out rebounded them, especially on the offensive glass.
We had a very low field goal percentage and got frustrated by our lack of success. Searsport shot well in their gym and we just couldn’t get back in the game. Krisford Melanio led us with 16 points, Mason Oliver 10 and Paul Zoephel 7.
The boys are still looking for their second win. It was a frustrating week and we are due to break out of our slump. We need to bring more focus to the offense and work the game plan. We have a couple games this week we should be competitive in and with any luck, we will get a win or two. This is exactly what we need to build up our confidence.