BANGOR – The Mount Desert Island High School varsity boys basketball team gave the Medomak Valley Panthers a run for their money in Eastern Maine Class B semifinal action Wednesday at the Cross Center, but the Panthers won 59-47.
“Our kids play their guts out,” MDI coach Justin Norwood said. “I’m very proud of them.”
The Panthers controlled the tip-off but MDI made them miss their first shots. They led off scoring with a quick 6-0 run, but Riley Swanson answered with a three for MDI and the Trojans pulled steadily ahead. Graham Good was fouled for a plus-one. Russell Kropff scored on a Gus Reeves assist. Riley Swanson dominated the defensive boards and added five more points. MDI led 17-14 after the first quarter.
The Cross Center was quiet in the low-scoring second. It was a defensive battle as both teams racked up fouls. The first points in the quarter went to Medomak Valley from the free throw line. Kropff had the first MDI field goal with half the quarter gone on a Devin Parlatore assist. The Panthers found their feet and opened up a ten-point lead, 29-19. While they struggled to make up the scoring deficit, the Trojan press remained effective and the Panthers had to fight hard for every shot. The score at the half was Medomak Valley 29 – MDI 21.
“I thought we did a good job on (top Medomak Valley scorer Nicholas) DePatsy,” Norwood said. “But their secondary scorers did their job.”
The Trojans came back to within one point, 33-32 in the third on four points from Drew Rich, three from Swanson and two free throws from Andrew Phelps. After three quarters the Panthers had a 40-35 lead. The MDI students in the stands led off their chant the “Bugaloo” at the top of the fourth and their team continued to battle. They did well on offensive rebounds but had trouble connecting on their shots. Senior Jake Boumil made the final field goal of the game for MDI, on a rebound from his brother Aaron’s free throw attempt. The final score was 59-47.