BAR HARBOR — The Mount Desert Island High School varsity boys’ basketball team was just two points away from doubling Old Town High School’s score last Saturday night at home when time expired and the Trojans beat the Coyotes 64-33.
The Coyotes appeared to be a match for MDI’s experienced team throughout the first quarter.
The low-scoring quarter was due to strong defensive play on both sides.
MDI trailed Old Town 4-8 until the Trojans picked up the momentum with 2:35 remaining, putting five points on the scoreboard, including a Devin Parlatore three-pointer and sophomore Derek Collin’s first varsity points, a field goal, giving the Trojans a 9-8 lead going into the second quarter.
MDI then buckled down and put on the pressure.
The Trojans held the Coyotes to six points in the second period while racking up an impressive 27 points.
For four full minutes, MDI did not allow a single Old Town player to score.
Gus Reeves and Drew Rich each scored six points, while Aaron Snurkowski sank a three-pointer and another basket for two. Andrew Phelps made one two-point field goal, and Collin hit one free throw out of two to end the half with MDI up 36-14.
Old Town was able to regain some momentum coming into the second half.
The Coyotes scored 13 points as the Trojans scored nine.
Riley Swanson racked up five points, while Rich and Mac Shea each came up with two. MDI lead 45-27 at the end of the third.
In the final quarter, Head Coach Justin Norwood delved deeper into the team’s bench.
As play progressed, senior Jimmy Carroll and junior James McConomy each scored their first varsity points by sinking three-pointers.
Good came up with six points, and Phelps also shot a successful three-pointer, while Shea and Russell Kropff each scored two points to give the Trojans the 64-33 win.
Good led the scoring with 12 points, followed by Rich and Swanson with eight points and Reeves with six. Phelps and Snurkowski each scored five points; Kropff and Shea, four; Carroll, McConomy, Parlatore and Collin each finished with three points.
Despite the 31-point advantage, Norwood said the game was not the Trojans’ greatest performance.
“I don’t think we played our best game, but to win by that margin and have a lot of players contribute, that’s a good thing,” Norwood said. Every player on the roster saw playing time.
The coach said the team played better in some preseason games, but he was happy with the way the players fought.
“The kids kept fighting and battling. It’s easy to fold under pressure, but they didn’t,” he said.
Norwood said the team came out flat in the first quarter and ran into trouble when Old Town switched from man-to-man to zone coverage, which is something the team will work on in practice.
“I was disappointed that we weren’t as ready to play [in the first quarter]. That’s the difference in good teams and great teams, is you can respond when something bad happens,” Norwood said.
“When something goes wrong, are you going to point the finger and say ‘He’s not doing this’ or ‘He’s not doing his job?’ Or do you say ‘How can we fix this?’ If it is ‘how can we fix this,’ then you’ll get results like we had tonight.”
The boys will host Washington Academy on Thursday, Dec. 15, at 7 p.m. and play at Hermon High School on Saturday, Dec. 17, at 7 p.m.