Deer Isle—The boys basketball team lost a real heartbreaker on January 14 to Sumner 60-57 in overtime. Though we didn’t control the game, we led by a small amount through most of the game. We led 21-16 at the half after a slow start for both teams. Sumner came out with 6 quick points in the third quarter, but we fought our way back to lead by 6 until Sumner dropped in a three-pointer at the buzzer to trim our lead to 35-32.
We were up by eight midway through the last quarter when we committed a couple of costly turnovers and allowed Sumner to come back. With half a minute left, we unfortunately fouled a three-point shot. To make matters worse, when the Sumner player missed the first foul shot, we committed a lane violation and then he made all three shots to tie the score at 45. We came down and Krisford Melanio drove the lane through two defenders, missing the layup with no call.
Despite our 1-11 record, we are still one place from the playoffs.
During the overtime, despite two turnovers in the back court and trailing 56-52, good foul shooting and a three-pointer by Mason Oliver had us tied with less than a minute. We stole the ball from Sumner but couldn’t get the basket. With four seconds left, in a fight for the possession of the ball, in the heat of the moment, we errantly called timeout (we had none left) which resulted in a technical. I thought the jump ball would have been the right call, but Sumner went down and sunk the two foul shots. They got the ball back and though we fouled immediately, a half-court lob was our only hope and it wasn’t there.
What did I hear afterward? We had found another way to lose. So frustrating to play so hard and have it slip away again. Krisford Melanio led us with 19 points, Mason Oliver 17, and Ethan Shepard 10.
The boys next lost 61-47 to Bucksport on January 18. Bucksport is a strong Class C team, just behind George Stevens in the Heal Point standings. Bucksport coach Larry Deans, to his credit, did not leave his starters in for much of the game. They played for half a quarter and then the subs came in. We trailed by 10 points at the half and actually got the score to 29-21 about halfway through the third quarter, but Bucksport pulled ahead to lead 44-28 after three.
About halfway through the fourth quarter, both teams put in the bench players to finish out the game. Good experience for both sides. Krisford Melanio led us with 16 points, Mason Oliver 7, Ethan Bates Cole 5, and several players with 4.
Despite our 1-11 record, we are still one place from the playoffs. If just one of those close losses had gone our way, we would be there. With a busy week ahead, we need to find a way to win those close games. A couple good wins will get us into the playoffs, and from there on, you never know.
A note to all you fans! Wednesday, January 27, at the Opera House there will be a special presentation called “Going for the Gold.” It will feature past players, coaches, and film clips from the teams that went to the State Championships. It is free, with pizza from 5:30 to 6 p.m. and then lots of fun comments and basketball talk. It should be a lot of fun for everyone.