Blue Hill—The unbeaten George Stevens Academy varsity boys basketball team continued its winning streak with a 66-38 drubbing over Sumner on January 23, and a 62-51 in over Lee Academy five days later, as it closes in on the end of regular season play.
The team had won 14 straight games, before facing Lee for the second time this season, after an earlier win (69-47). Lee, a team that has always posed a threat to GSA, is currently ranked fourth, and had only lost to the Eagles and to Bucksport, so the match-up had generated some anticipation.
However, after lagging by one point at 12-11 to end the first quarter, the Eagles hit their stride, powered by Max Mattson’s defensive blocks and strong team shooting from the three-point line. Leading 33-23 to open the second half, GSA extended the gap going into the fourth quarter and never looked back.
Taylor Schildroth led with 19 points including four three-pointers, plus 10 assists. Jarrod Chase scored 16 points, with two three pointers and Max Mattson had eight points, eight blocks and 13 rebounds. Beckett Slayton hit two three-pointers in his total eight points.
Next, the Eagles look to hand a second loss to Class B Ellsworth, after a 52-47 win earlier this month. The team plays at Ellsworth on February 2., 7 p.m.
Also ahead are games against #16 Penquis and, finally, Searsport, ranked ninth in the southern division.
Locked into a bye for the preliminary playoff game, tournament action begins at the Cross Center in Bangor on February 16. Before that, the team will play the PVC championship game against the #2 team, in Howland, on February 8 at 6:30 p.m.