Deer Isle—The boys basketball team collected a big win beating Searsport 54-46 on January 10. The first half was a very low scoring affair with the halftime score 16-12 in favor of us. Searsport seemed to use a game plan of jacking up 3-pointers, which surprised me. Lucky for us, they were not very accurate.
We increased our lead to 48-33 halfway through the fourth but started to turn the ball over on most every possession. It was looking shaky as Searsport scored 7 quick points but we righted the ship and passed around to run off the clock at the end. Mason Oliver led us with 24 points, Ethan Shepard 11, Dakota Gillen 9, and Ethan Bates Cole 8.
The boys then lost a rough game to Sumner 65-55 on January 12. This was a hard-fought game that was close right until the fourth quarter. We led 46-43 after three quarters, but Sumner scored the first 13 points as we lost our composure and Sumner took advantage. After that we couldn’t pull any closer.
We just lost our fire, and when we put Sumner on the foul line, they shot well. When Mason Oliver fouled out with 2 minutes left, we just couldn’t recover. Mason Oliver led us with 17 points, Ethan Bates Cole 11, Dakota Gillen 10, Ethan Shepard 8, and Tyson Rice 4.
The boys then lost to Jonesport 77-46 on January 14. We only trailed 32-25 at the half, but it went downhill after that. Though the refereeing may not have helped, we admittedly did not shoot our foul shots well, again were prone to turnovers, and lacked hustle on rebounds.
We may not have been ready to make the effort necessary, but it will be a learning experience. I know we can do better and should do so when Jonesport comes here. Mason Oliver led us with 16 points, Ethan Bates Cole 13, and Ethan Shepard 8.
The boys are 4-9 and dropped to ninth place, still in the playoff picture. We can’t afford to lose focus in the games that are left if we hope to stay in the playoffs. We have shown that we can play well against the tough teams, but we are not very deep if we get hurt or in foul trouble.