Deer Isle—The Mariner boys basketball team played a much-improved game against Bangor Christian but ran out of gas to lose 37-28 in the preliminary playoff game on February 16. We had lost by over 30 points earlier in the year at Bangor Christian. This time, we played them even for three quarters before falling behind.
We trailed 9-6 after the first quarter but rallied to lead 19-15 at the half. Ethan Shepard dropped in a three at the start of the third quarter to stretch our lead, but BC scored at the buzzer to tie the game at 26 each after three. BC’s aggressive defense wore us down and turnovers plagued us as BC pulled away.
This was a hard-fought game and we held our own for most of the game. BC worked hard to stymie the scoring of Mason Oliver and we couldn’t spread the offense to other players. The score was low because it was such a battle and BC slowed down the game on purpose. Ethan Shepard led us with 9 points, Mason Oliver 8, Silas Bates 5, and Ethan Bates Cole 4.
Better numbers next year?
The boys survived a slow start this season to pick up three big wins at home in January that gave us enough Heal Points to sit on the bubble of the playoffs. We had a lot to overcome in that we didn’t have much experience returning and had small numbers on top of that. For the first time since I can remember, there wasn’t any JV team. Adding to the situation was having a new coach who admittedly did not have much basketball experience.
With the leadership of Ethan Shepard and Mason Oliver, we made it to the point where we competed with most of the teams we played. Because we didn’t have much depth, we struggled at times. We needed to spread the offense around and weren’t always able to do that.
Ethan Bates Cole, Silas Bates, and Dakota Gillen had good output in that stretch, as well as a big game from Tobey Snow against Jonesport and hard work from Nathan Winchester off the bench. High scorer Mason Oliver returns to lead this team next year.
There is a big group coming up from the junior high to bolster our numbers and push the players we have to improve. With younger players, it will be a work in progress, but we will have the potential to be a solid team in Class D. I also feel the boys will be in Bangor next February.