Mount Desert Island High School's Steven Pierce defends against Ellsworth High School's Austin Harris during the second half of a boys’ basketball playoff game at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor. MDI’s 71-48 loss to Ellsworth saw the Trojans’ season end at 13-6. ISLANDER PHOTO BY MIKE MANDELL

Boys fall to Ellsworth in quarterfinals

BANGOR — This time, it wasn’t meant to be.

The Mount Desert Island High School boys’ basketball team saw its 2018-19 season come to an end Friday with a 71-48 loss to Ellsworth at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor. The loss snapped the Trojans’ six-game winning streak in the rivalry.

Ellsworth got out to a roaring start with a quick basket from Hunter Curtis and two 3-pointers from Devin Grindle to take an 8-0 lead. The Trojans used a Derek Collin layup and Brett Duley 3-pointer to score the next five points before Hunter and Jackson Curtis scored the last nine points of the quarter for the Eagles, who led 17-10 after the opening frame.

Although MDI fought back with a 3-pointer and off-balance bank shot from Steven Pierce to cut Ellsworth’s lead to 17-15 on the first two possessions of the second quarter, three Devin Grindle free throws and five points from Darby Barry gave Ellsworth a double-digit lead. MDI would get to within five again after a Collin layup and Pierce 3-pointer, but Ellsworth scored seven of the half’s final 10 points to take a 32-23 lead into the locker room.

Whereas Ellsworth had the opening burst to open the first half, it was MDI that went on a run to start the second. Eli Parady’s six points spurred a run by the Trojans before Hunter Curtis stopped the bleeding for the Eagles with a reverse layup.

Following a series of exchanged baskets from both teams, things began to slip away from MDI. A 20-3 run allowed the Eagles to run away with the game as the Trojans’ season came to an end.

Pierce led MDI in scoring with 13 points, and Parady had 10, all of which came in the third quarter. Collin and Duley scored nine apiece for the Trojans as Drew Shea provided seven.

The result marked the last game for MDI seniors Collin, Duley, Parady, Shea, Brennan Hubbard, Lukas Keene and Kyle Nicholson.

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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