Blue Hill—The Deer Isle-Stonington basketball teams headed to George Stevens Academy Thursday night for a full night of basketball with both varsity teams getting action on the court. All four teams are looking forward to their chance to play in the tourney, with the Eagle boys specifically looking to repeat their Class C Title win.
The plays and hustle of the players kept the crowd excited and energy high.
It was a similar scene for both games: the Eagles took early leads by applying tough full-court pressure to the Mariners to prevent them from doing much with the ball, giving the Eagle girls a 22-point lead by the half, and a 29-point lead by the end of the 3rd quarter for the Eagle boys.
While it could have been predicted that the class difference and scores would create a relaxed atmosphere that night, the plays and hustle of the players kept the crowd excited and energy high. With playoffs not too far away, each game consistently showed signs of preparation for tourney time.
For the Eagle boys, there were a few times when the ball was misplayed and fumbled around, but Head Coach Dwayne Carter and Assistant Coach Matt Mattson promptly dealt with those mishaps and continued to remind their players to focus.
Both schools got a chance to give a variety of players more time on the court and take a look at some of the weaknesses that need to be addressed. As the final minutes were winding down in the boys game, the Mariners kept their drive and delivered a few unexpected baskets that were unanswered by the Eagles and gave the Mariner crowd an opportunity to give a standing cheer before the final seconds. One thing is for certain: The teams and crowds of Deer Isle-S and GSA are anxious for tourney time.