CARIBOU — Junior Riley Swanson paced the Mount Desert Island High School varsity boys’ basketball team against the Caribou Vikings last week on the road. Swanson contributed 16 points, including four 3-pointers, and junior forward Russell Kropff added 11, including two 3-pointers. Despite a strong effort by MDI, Caribou beat the Trojans 60-57.
“Even though we lost, our kids showed improvement,” Coach Justin Norwood said. The Trojan boys began their season with “solid defense” and “took good shots,” but in some games along the way, “those were lacking.”
He says the team has been inconsistent and “has a long way to go.”
The Trojan boys led in scoring in the first quarter and were up 17-12.
Sophomore Andrew Phelps had five points, including a 3-pointer, and Isaiah Keene, Aaron Snurkowski and Swanson each added three.
The Trojans continued to play hard and were leading with five points at halftime. Kropff led MDI in the second quarter by adding eight points and took their leading score to 32-27.
In the second half of the game, the Trojans lead quickly diminished as the Vikings racked up 14 more points. At the end of the third quarter, Caribou was a single point behind, and the score was 42-41.
The Vikings kept trailing closely behind for the majority of the game and took the lead over the Trojans going into the final quarter by successfully converting free throw opportunities. They added 19 points to MDI’s 15 and managed to hold their lead to win the game. The final score was 60-57.
MDI was 7-for-11 from the free-throw line.
MDI 67 – PI 53
In Presque Isle, the Trojan boys ended 2015 with a 67-53 victory over the Wildcats. The Class B fourth-ranked team is now 5-2 on the season. Kropff led the team in scoring with 19 points, including a 3-pointer and two turnovers, and Swanson chipped in three 3-pointers and a total of 14 points.
Drew Rich, Graham Good and Snurkowski each contributed eight.
The two teams went at it head-to-head and were tied 12-12 at the end of the first quarter.
Kropff had five points, and Rich added three.
They battled back and forth for the lead, and the score was tied once again, at 32-32 at halftime.
The Trojans pushed forward at the start of the second half and with three successful free-throw conversions and a 3-pointer from Swanson, MDI took a 49-43 lead.
Snurkowski had seven more in the final quarter, and MDI converted eight of their 11 free-throw attempts to seal their 67-53 victory over Presque Isle.
“We were more consistent this time,” said Norwood, pledging to “keep ourselves moving forward and getting better.”
The team, he said, is focused on self improvement, on “getting better,” on building a “solid defense” and is striving towards “getting back to the basics.”
MDI will take on Mattanawcook Academy in a home game on Saturday, Jan. 9, at 5:30 p.m. and John Bapst on Monday, Jan. 11, at 7 p.m.