Blue Hill—The Eagles varsity boys basketball team continued its roll through the Northern Class C competition with a 96-52 win over Sumner before a home crowd on Monday night.
But it didn’t start out that way, as the 10th-ranked Sumner Tigers came out strong with accurate shot-making, quickly climbing to a 7-2 lead in the first minute of play. Sumner extended that to 22-15 before Jarrod Chase hit a deep three-pointer at the first quarter buzzer to cut the lead to four points.
At the huddle, Coach Dwayne Carter instructed his team to focus on keeping Sumner from making their shots, he said.
“I told them to dig in on defense and go to the basket, so we mixed [it] up and threw them off, and started playing better,” he said.
The Eagles scored 33 points in the second quarter while holding Sumner to eight points, finishing to lead 51-30 at the half, and 77-44 heading into the final quarter.
Taylor Schildroth led with 28 points, Max Mattson scored 16, Reece Dannenberg added 14, and Chase scored 10, with Ben Cole and Tyler McKenney bumped up from JV for the game roster.
Schildroth is 26 points away from hitting his 1,000th point—an achievement nearly always reached in a player’s senior year—with the Eagles scheduled to play at Lee on Friday. But Carter has a plan.
“He is at 974 right now, but we want the win and what will be will be,” he said. “Even if he gets his 1,000 points on Friday, we will celebrate it on Saturday on his first basket.”
The Eagles host Penquis Saturday, January 28, at 7 p.m.