BAR HARBOR — The Mount Desert Island High School varsity boys’ basketball team fell to the Hermon Hawks at home Saturday, 30-47.
With one junior and two seniors, the young team is still getting used to playing together. They are 0-2 on the season so far.
Despite the lost games, Coach Justin Norwood is pleased with their progress. “There’s still a little slippage from where we are in practice to game time,” he said, “but we’re getting close. Improvement so far this season has been off the charts.”
Against Hermon Saturday, the Trojans came out to a 5-0 lead in a defensive battle where no one scored in the first minutes. James O’Donnell sank a shot after picking up a rebound from an Aaron Snurkowski attempt. Riley Swanson had a three-pointer assisted by Graham Good. The teams fought to an 8-8 tie before Hermon pulled ahead to an 11-8 lead at the end of the first quarter.
The Hawks were able to seriously trip up the Trojans in the second quarter as MDI struggled to evade defenders and get the ball inside. MDI was scoreless for the first five minutes. Drew Rich and Gus Reeves each added two-pointers in the final two and a half minutes. The Hawks pulled ahead to 23-12 by halftime.
In the third quarter, the Trojans shrank their deficit and kept it within a ten-point margin. They outscored Hermon in the quarter 11-8. Defense continued to be strong, with shots blocked and passes deflected by O’Donnell and Reeves and backcourt pressure by Good and Rich. Swanson, Rich, Andrew Phelps and Russell Kropf each managed to connect on two-point shots. At the end of the fourth, Hermon led 31-23.
Both teams racked up fouls in the fourth, and five of MDI’s 7 points in the quarter came from the free throw line. Kropf had the sole two-pointer. The final score was Hermon 47, MDI 30.
Swanson led the team in scoring with 10 points including two threes, four rebounds and two steals. Good led the defense with 7 turnovers and 5 rebounds. O’Donnell had four blocked shots.
“It was a tough game for us,” Norwood said. “We missed some easy ones early on that would have gotten us going a little bit.”
He said the team’s defensive performance is improving. “Knowing where we’re supposed to be has gotten a lot better.”
He said players were “almost too unselfish” on offense, the opposite of being ball hogs. “We worked the ball around the perimeter a lot. We want to play fast, push the ball, but at the same time take care of it and make good decisions. That’s a hard balancing act.”
The Trojans head to Blue Hill Friday for a 7 p.m. game against George Stevens Academy.