Blue Hill—Revenge may be best served at home for the George Stevens Academy Eagles. The boys varsity basketball team turned the tables on Lee Academy in the fourth quarter on January 7, edging out a 51-42 win and avenging a season-opener loss that had snapped the Eagles’ 27-match wining streak.
“We didn’t want to lose to them again,” Coach Dwayne Carter said after the win. “This one was important.”
But victory never looked certain until the final minutes of the game.
The Eagles jumped to a 7-2 lead in the first quarter but led by only one point heading into the second half at 20-19. The Pandas surged ahead in the third quarter, working their way past the Eagles’ defense to close in at the basket, scoring 14 points to GSA’s seven for a 33-27 lead heading into the fourth quarter.
“We didn’t do a good job at stopping them,” Carter said. “[We] weren’t shooting well, either.”
That changed when sophomore Caden Mattson sank back-to-back three-pointers in the first 90 seconds of the final quarter that he extended into an 11-point run to push the Eagles to a 38-35 lead. “That sparked us,” Carter said.
The Eagles also went eight for 10 from the free-throw line in the fourth, as Lee struggled to score, scoring seven of their nine points in the in the final three minutes.
Mattson and senior Taylor Schildroth each scored game-high 15 points for the win, bringing the Eagles to a 7-1 record ahead of a January 9 matchup at Mattanawcook.
Senior Max Mattson, out with a back strain, returned to the court Tuesday, January 9, against Mattanawcook (6-2), where the Eagles cruised to a 73-46 victory, edging them to the top of the Heal Point standings with an 8-1 record.
The team hosts Calais (2-4) on Monday, January 15, at 2:30 p.m. and Bucksport (6-1) on Wednesday, January 17, at 7 p.m.