Blue Hill—A decisive victory over the Class B Ellsworth Eagles by the George Stevens Academy Eagles varsity boys basketball team thrilled from the first two three-pointers GSA’s Jarrod Chase sank in the first 55 seconds of the game. George Stevens, who never saw their lead shrink below double digits, played with few, if any, missteps, for a 75-44 final score.
Based on height alone, GSA had the edge, with 6’3” Chase and 6’6” Max Mattson defending Ellsworth at the basket. Mattson blocked 12 shots and rebounded 10.
Point guards Taylor Schildroth and Ellsworth’s Bryce Harmon both worked to carve an offensive path for an open look, with Schildroth scoring 32 points, including five three-pointers, for GSA, and Harmon 16 for Ellsworth.
After a 21-11 first quarter, the second half opened at 39-18. GSA took a 10-point run mid-way through the third, with no fouls, but Ellsworth hit two three-pointers in the final minutes to cut the lead to 52-36 heading into the fourth.
But no one seems to be able to shoot over Mattson when his arms are up and, with GSA keeping fouls down to three, Ellsworth’s fouls mounted, sending GSA to the free throw line for bonus shots. With their lead extending, Coach Dwayne Carter sent his bench out for the final three minutes of play.
Chase ended with 18 points, Mattson with 8, Stefan Simmons with 4, Beckett Slayton and Reece Dannenberg with 3, and Steven Wang with 2.
Harmon’s points included two from outside the three-point line, and Zach Harris scored 12 for Ellsworth, also making two three-pointers.
Played before a standing-room only crowd, the junior varsity teams opened the night, with Ellsworth edging George Stevens 46-40.