BAR HARBOR — The Mount Desert Island High School varsity boys’ basketball team fell to the visiting Maine Central Institute Huskies 53-51 Saturday.
It was a close, back-and-forth affair: MDI led 10-9 at the end of the first quarter, the Huskies pulled ahead to a 17-6 lead at the end of the second quarter. In the third quarter the MCI lead stretched to 32-22 before the Trojans came back to end the quarter 37-33. The score stayed close, with the lead trading sides, for the fourth quarter but at the buzzer the Huskies won 53-51.
“I thought we made a lot of strides,” head coach Justin Norwood said of the game. “Offensively, we did a much better job moving the ball. That’s really important for us.”
Porter Isaacs led the Trojans in scoring in the game with 14 points. Jack DaCorte and Cadin Lunt each added nine points; Lunt also had six rebounds and five assists. Nate Philbrook had eight points.
WA 62 – MDI 53
On Dec. 18, the Trojans fell 62-53 to the Washington Academy Raiders at home. As of press time, the Raiders were in third place in Class B North.
The Trojans had a strong start in the game, finishing the first quarter with an 18-6 lead.
“Our pressure hurt them to start,” Norwood said, “but then they started making shots.”
The Raiders’ offense did get in a groove, with 20 points in the second, 20 points in the third and 16 points in the fourth. MDI, meanwhile, fell steadily as the game went on: 17 points in the second, 15 in the third and 13 in the fourth.
“I think as an inexperienced team we panicked a little bit,” Norwood said. “Our ball movement wasn’t as good. We were trying to make up for lost ground, trying to make great plays instead of just trying to make solid plays.”
Charlie Parker and Isaacs each had 13 points in the loss. Brady Renault added nine points, and DaCorte had seven. Isaacs had six rebounds and Renault had four. Ethan Merchant had four assists and three rebounds.
The Trojans were scheduled to travel to Aroostook County this weekend, taking on Presque Isle at 6:30 p.m. Friday and Caribou at 2:30 p.m. Saturday.