Deer Isle—The boys basketball team lost to Machias 61-47 on January 22, arguably playing their best game of the season. Machias is tall and quick, but we took it right to them, making them turn the ball over many times in the first quarter to lead 16-11 after one quarter. We faltered a bit in the second quarter with a few costly turnovers and trailed 28-26 at the half.
The third quarter was similar and we trailed 45-34 at the end of the quarter. About halfway through the fourth quarter, we fought our way back and trailed 51-45. We got nice open looks as well as several offensive rebounds, but they just wouldn’t drop.
Add that to some untimely turnovers and then we had to foul and play catch up. Machias was solid at the foul line and that was the game. A few baskets in the middle of the last quarter and it could have been a totally different story. Mason Oliver led us with 17 points, Ethan Shepard 11, 7 in the last quarter, and Krisford Melanio 6.
The boys beat Jonesport 69-45 on January 23 by outscoring them 43-20 in the second half. We weren’t able to shoot over the Jonesport zone in the first half and we were tired from playing Machias the night before, but we still led 26-25 at the half. We increased our lead to 5 after three quarters and then got a few turnovers to open up the offense in the fourth quarter. We also began hitting our shots to take control of the game. Krisford Melanio led us with 16, Noah Davis 15, Ethan Shepard 12, Mason Oliver 10, and Dakotah Gillen 8.
The boys lost a roller coaster game to Shead on January 25 61-49. We played a stellar first quarter and led 13-7 after one. We let Shead turn us over and put us in panic mode to trail 35-25 at the half. We fought back to trail 39-35 after three quarters, but fell apart in the last quarter to lose by 12.
We just weren’t able to maintain our energy and composure in the last quarter. Fouls did catch up to us and gave Shead opportunity. They were able to drive into the paint and score on us. Krisford Melanio led us with 15, Mason Oliver 12, and Noah Davis 8.
The boys are 2-13 and are one position out of the playoffs. If we can beat Bangor Christian once, we should be able to get in the playoff picture. We have shown the caliber of play necessary to get there, but haven’t maintained it for four quarters. We can’t take anything for granted and need to give it all we have.