Mount Desert Island High School’s Andrew Phelps evades Caribou High School defenders as he goes in for a layup during last Saturday’s varsity basketball game. The Trojans vanquished the Vikings 67-28. PHOTO COURTESY OF BARRY GUTRADT

MDI clobbers Caribou boys

BAR HARBOR — The Mount Desert Island High School varsity boys’ basketball team remains unbeaten after clobbering Caribou High School 67-28 Saturday at home.

The Trojans led the Vikings throughout all 32 minutes of playing time.

MDI came out blazing with a 19-6 lead in the first quarter.

MDI’s Russell Kropff sank a total of three baskets for seven points, including one 3-pointer. Graham Good scored four points, while Andrew Phelps sank one 3-pointer. Devin Parlatore and Mac Shea each put two points on the board, while Derek Collin was 1-for-2 from the free-throw line.

In the second quarter, the Trojans increased their lead to 35-15 with points by Good, Colby Lee, Aaron Snurkowski and Shea. Phelps and Collin scored one 3-pointer each.

After halftime, the Vikings scored just six points while MDI increased their lead to 54-21.

Parlatore led the scoring in the third quarter with eight points. Good, Kropff, Collin and Drew Rich also added to the score.

By the fourth quarter, it was clear that MDI had clinched the game.

In the final eight minutes, James McConomy scored five points, and Collin scored four points. Lee and Jimmy Carroll had a bucket apiece.

“We played really good in half-court defensively against [Caribou],” said MDI Head Coach Justin Norwood. “They like to play slow, and we did a good job of speeding them up. Offensively, I thought we moved the ball pretty well and took really good shots.”

Now the Trojans are 6-0 heading into tonight’s (Thursday’s) rivalry matchup against the 4-3 Ellsworth High School Eagles. The game will be held at MDI High School tonight, Jan. 5, at 7 p.m.

Norwood said the Trojans will need to be ready for “quite a few things” to compete with Ellsworth.

“[The Eagles] are very quick. They shoot the ball very well, and they play a lot of different defensives,” he said. “They have some really good players that can penetrate to the basket, so we will need to be protecting the paint and closing out their shooters the best we can.”

In practice this week, MDI has worked on drills that mimic Ellsworth’s playing style.

But there are two aspects of MDI’s game strategy that the team has carried and will carry on into the Ellsworth game and beyond.

“We will continue to work offensively, break their press and be ready for whatever they throw at us,” said Norwood.

The coach said the Trojans have withstood each of their opponents so far this season because of each player’s dedication to the team.

“The biggest thing that has helped us these six games is that they are all willing to sacrifice for our success,” Norwood said. “Maybe more than any other team I’ve had really understand or really believe in the quote ‘It’s amazing what can be accomplished when no one cares who gets the credit.’

They are really into that right now, and they really understand it.”

In each of the past six games, there is not just one scorer racking up all the points. There are generally two to three players at the top of the leader board, followed by assists, rebounds and more points contributed by nearly every player on the team.

“When you have that, it can be pretty special, and it’s been one of the biggest keys to winning our first six games,” Norwood said.

Taylor Bigler Mace

Taylor Bigler Mace

Reporter at Mount Desert Islander
Taylor covers sports and maritimes for the Islander. As a native of Texas, she is an unapologetic Dallas Cowboys fan. [email protected]
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