Deer Isle—The boys basketball team beat Jonesport 56-52 with a Hollywood style comeback on January 28. We led by 6 or more points in the first half until Jonesport made a run in the last few minutes to lead 26-24 at the half. Jonesport started making shots as we went flat and they stretched their lead to 41-33 after three quarters.
It looked like we were going to wither away as Jonesport got hot and stretched the lead to 50-37 with a little over 4 minutes left. I feel sorry for anybody that gave up and left then. Mason Oliver went on a tear, having been scoreless up to then, and scored 10 points in a minute and a half to get us within a point. We pressed Jonesport causing turnovers and took them out of their game.
By now the crowd on the Mariner side was going wild, silencing a previously vocal Jonesport crowd. With 45 seconds left, Tobey Snow dropped in a 3-ponter to tie the score. Shortly after, Mason Oliver stole the ball and passed ahead to Tobey Snow who gave us the lead. Big defensive rebounds by Mason Oliver and Dakota Gillen gave us the extra points from foul shots to seal the win.
This was a must win game, and to our credit, when the game was on the line, we gave it all we had and pulled off the big win. Truly a team effort as the defense held Jonesport to one basket in the last 4 minutes of the game. Ethan Shepard led us with 18 points, Tobey Snow 12, Mason Oliver 11, Silas Bates 6, Dakota Gillen 5, and Ethan Bates Cole 4.
The boys lost their momentum, losing a one-sided game to Bangor Christian 68-42 on January 30. We let the aggressive defensive play of BC take us out of our rhythm and only scored 7 points in the first half. When we did take open shots, they wouldn’t go in. Trailing 35-7 at the half was too much of a hole to climb out of.
I knew Bangor Christian would play tougher at home and Ethan Shepard had to sit much of the game with a nose bleed that wouldn’t stop. This was certainly a disappointing effort against a team we match up with. Mason Oliver had a big game with 35 points but that was pretty much it for our offense.
The boys are 5-12 and in a precarious 10th place, the last playoff position. A win against Bangor Christian would have sealed our position, but now we have to wait and see how #11 Shead does in their last two games. Without a lot of depth, we must play smart and focused, with everybody contributing. Tune in next week to see if we have a preliminary playoff game or not