Deer Isle—The boys basketball team lost its home opener to George Stevens 58-28 on December 9. George Stevens is very likely the best team we will see all season. We had a rough first quarter and trailed 19-2 after one. We did get shots off and many rattled in and out of the rim. We didn’t get many second shot opportunities as GSA controlled the defensive rebounds. I felt we handled the defensive pressure pretty well for a young team.
To his credit, GSA coach Dwayne Carter put in the second string players with a minute left in the third quarter and left them in for the rest of the game. It did keep the score from being more lopsided and was good for both teams. I felt the sportsmanship from both sides was excellent despite the one-sided game.
Coach Rufus Nicole also played the younger players late in the game and that is necessary to help develop them without any JV program. Mason Oliver led us with 12 points and Ethan Shepard and Dakota Gillen each had 7.
Both the Mariner girls and boys teams are works in progress and it is tough to face George Stevens for the first game. We have three games this week to quickly pull the teams together. How quickly each team can do this will determine how well we can compete, though it is early in the season.