Deer Isle—The boys basketball team beat Highview Christian easily 63-29 on December 20. We led after one quarter 17-2 and never looked back after that. Highview had no answer for Ethan Shepard and Mason Oliver inside and they wreaked havoc there. Most all the players got to play in this game. Mason Oliver had 23 points. Ethan Shepard 21, Nathan Winchester 6, and Skylar Perez 4.
The Mariners repeated the victory on January 3, 62-20. But in between, they had a string of losses.
Two days later, the team lost to Bucksport 69-41. After a close first quarter, Bucksport used a smothering full court press to outscore us 51-20 in the next two quarters. They used their speed and depth to take charge of the game. Ethan Shepard led us with 17 points and 9 rebounds, Mason Oliver 13 points and 11 rebounds, and Silas Bates and Dakota Gillen each with 4 points.
The boys then lost to Greenville 61-41 on December 27. Midway through the first quarter we trailed 14-4 when we went on a 16-3 run to lead 20-17 early in the second quarter. We lost our momentum and Greenville caused too many turnovers that they converted combined with some long range 3-pointers to lead 39-25 at the half.
We couldn’t get any closer as we got plenty of layup opportunities but we couldn’t get them to fall. In the end, the turnovers caught up with us. When we didn’t turn the ball over, we kept up with Greenville. Mason Oliver led us with 19 points, Dakota Gillen 8, and Ethan Shepard 7.
The boys lost to a strong Machias team 69-46 on January 2, a third straight loss. We played them pretty well, trailing 37-23 at the half. We got as close as 41-30 in the third, but when Mason Oliver picked up his fourth foul and had to sit down, Machias went on a 23-0 run that buried us. Turnovers, transition baskets, and a couple of long 3-pointers fueled their run.
Machias is tall and quick, with a very effective trap. We did hang with them for a while and both Mason Oliver and Ethan Shepard did a great job on the boards. Machias put in their subs for only a few minutes in the fourth quarter. Mason Oliver led us with 15 points, Ethan Shepard 13, Ethan Bates-Cole 6, and Silas Bates and Dakota Gillen each with 5.
The boys are 2-6 but are looking better against some tough teams. We need to break the press of the better teams and keep down turnovers. Our offense is looking more organized as we head into a busy week. If we stay focused, we should pick up some more wins this week.