Eli Parady of the Mount Desert Island High School basketball team shoots Saturday in the home game against Oceanside. PHOTO COURTESY OF BARRY GUTRADT

Boys down Red Raiders

EAST MACHIAS — The Mount Desert Island High School varsity boys’ basketball team defeated Washington Academy 66-50 Tuesday.

The victory brings the team to 3-1 on the season and keeps them in second place in Class B North behind Orono.

Derek Collin scored 27 points in the win.

Cadin Lunt of the Mount Desert Island High School basketball team shoots Saturday in the home game against Oceanside. Lunt contributed six points to the 76-49 victory.

Foxcroft 53 – MDI 46

A difficult defeat for the MDI boys came last Tuesday in the form of a 53-46 road loss to Foxcroft. Scoring just two points in the first quarter, the Trojans couldn’t fight their way back and fell to 1-1 on the season.

“We shot around 27 or 28 percent, which is never a recipe to win any game,” head coach Justin Norwood said of the Trojans’ loss. “Foxcroft played really well, and with us in that early hole, it was just too much to make that comeback in the end.”

MDI 76 – Oceanside 49

Yet MDI would get back on track Saturday with a home game against Oceanside. Even a 30-point fourth quarter from the visiting Mariners as the Trojans’ offensive prowess proved too much to handle in the win.

The victory saw a balanced scoring effort from MDI, which got three field goals or more from six different players. Drew Shea led the team with 18 points, and Derek Collin (16 points), Eli Parady (12), Charlie Parker (seven), Porter Isaacs, Cadin Lunt and Erik Merchant (six apiece), Kyle Nicholson (three) and Lukas Keene (two) also provided points.

“I thought Drew was very assertive, and we also played good defense for three quarters,” Norwood said. “In the fourth quarter, I thought the refs called the game very tight there in the fourth, but that’s how they call it sometimes, and you have to play through it, which is what we did.”

Mount Desert Island High School senior Kyle Nicholson battles with Oceanside defenders in a home basketball game Saturday.

With the win, Trojans moved up to second place in the Class B North standings and set themselves up well for a strong finish to the calendar year.

MDI’s next game will be at home against John Bapst at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 22. The Trojans will then close out the 2018 portion of their schedule when they host the first leg of their annual series with Caribou and Presque Isle at 7:30 p.m. next Thursday, Dec. 27, and at 2:30 p.m. next Friday, Dec. 28, respectively.

The Trojans are still in early-season form, but for Norwood, that’s just fine. With the playoff time still two months away, there is still plenty of time for this MDI team to work out the kinks.

“I still don’t think we’re in tip-top shape from a conditioning standpoint just yet, but we’re working to get there,” Norwood said. “I think we’re going to see that improving over these next few weeks, and we’ll have plenty of opportunities to get big wins against some challenging teams.”

Mike Mandell

Mike Mandell

Mike Mandell is the sports editor at The Ellsworth American and Mount Desert Islander. He began working for The American in August 2016. You can reach him via email at [email protected]

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