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Senior James O’Donnell of the Mount Desert Island High School varsity boys’ basketball team shoots in the team’s home game against Foxcroft Jan. 14. O’Donnell led the team in scoring in Monday’s loss to Hermon with 16 points. PHOTO COURTESY OF BARRY GUTRADT

Senior James O’Donnell of the Mount Desert Island High School varsity boys’ basketball team shoots in the team’s home game against Foxcroft Jan. 14. O’Donnell led the team in scoring in Monday’s loss to Hermon with 16 points.
PHOTO COURTESY OF BARRY GUTRADT

HERMON — Coming within three points of a comeback win in the final minutes, the Mount Desert Island High School varsity boys’ basketball team fell to the Hermon Hawks Monday 65-61.

The loss brings the Trojans to 4-9 on the season.

Senior James O’Donnell had a standout game, leading MDI in scoring with 16 points. “That was good to see,” Coach Justin Norwood said. “He kept us in the game in the first half.” Riley Swanson and Aaron Snurkowski each had 12 points.

The Trojans at first seemed outmatched, as Hermon’s Joe Plummer easily made his first shot over the arms of two MDI defenders propelling the Hawks to an early 8-2 lead. MDI soon showed how much they’ve learned since they last fell to this team, shrinking the deficit to 16-12 by the end of the quarter. Passes and assists were clean and well-planned. O’Donnell scored with the help of a Gus Reeves screen. Snurkowski sank a three on a great team play.

The first minute of the second quarter was scoreless. Both sides were called for travel violations. Drew Rich scored for MDI. O’Donnell went on a six-point unanswered run. Devin Parlatore added two to tie the game at 22-22. Graham Good had two great saves to keep possession for the Trojans. The score at halftime was 28-24.

Hermon pulled ahead again in the third, but the Trojans were patient, drawing fouls from the Hawk defense while limiting their own. The third quarter ended with a large Hermon lead, 46-35.

“The last time we played them, Hermon got a ten point lead, and we couldn’t come back. We kind of gave up,” Norwood said. “This time they played really hard and battled back.”

Russell Kropf scored at the top of the fourth quarter, creating some momentum for Snurkowski, who went on a six-point run taking advantage of screens. Swanson got a three, shrinking the Hermon lead to 58-54 with two and a half minutes to play. A steal from Reeves, a rebound from Good, and another three from Swanson meant the Trojans could keep pace as the score inched up in the final minute, 61-59, then 63-61. Hermon had the final say, sinking their final free throws, and won 65-61.

WA 75 – MDI 57

The Trojans headed to East Machias Friday night to take on Washington Academy. MDI led 15-14 after one quarter, and was down only five points at the half, 29-24, but the Raiders opened up and kept a large lead in the second half. Snurkowski led in scoring with 18 points and Swanson had 14. Kropf had 11 rebounds.

Foxcroft 62 – MDI 53

At home on Wednesday, Jan. 14, MDI fell to the Foxcroft Academy Ponies less than a week after beating them on the road. Good led in both scoring, with 15 points, and rebounds, with 6. Snurkowski had 14 points.

MDI is set to host Caribou and Presque Isle this weekend in double headers with the girls. The boys’ games are set for Friday at 7:30 p.m. vs. Caribou and Saturday at 2:30 p.m. vs. Presque Isle.

Liz Graves

Liz Graves

Reporter at Mount Desert Islander
Former Islander reporter and editor Liz Graves grew up in California and came to Maine as a schooner sailor.

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