BANGOR — Leading the scoring in all four quarters, the Mount Desert Island High School varsity boys’ basketball team defeated the John Bapst Crusaders 53-43 Tuesday night at the Cross Center.
“It’s nice to get a win, to get that feeling again,” Coach Justin Norwood said. “I thought our press was fantastic tonight. We rebounded the ball a little better and took care of the ball way better.”
The win puts the Trojans 5-12 on the season and ends a six-game losing streak ahead of their rematch with rival Ellsworth at home on Thursday.
Riley Swanson paced MDI in scoring with 11 points including three three-pointers, all of them coming in the second half. Russell Kropff had 9 points. Graham Good and Gus Reeves each poured in 8. Reeves had two threes.
GSA 60 – MDI 54
The Trojans’ last home game of the regular season was a close battle with the Class C George Stevens Academy Eagles, ending in a 60-54 victory for GSA.
The Eagles, 11-3 on the season before the game, came out to an early lead. The score after one quarter was 16-7.
The Trojans battled back, starting the second quarter with a 10-0 run. Aaron Snurkowski sank two threes, Good had four points, and Swanson and Drew Rich each added four. They put together a one-point lead before a three-pointer from GSA’s Kelsey Allen brought the Eagles back up on top, 19-17. The score at the half was a 29-23 lead for the Eagles.
In the third, the Trojans outscored GSA to take a small 40-39 lead at the end of the quarter. Swanson and Snurkowski each had four points. Rich, Good, Andrew Phelps, Devin Parlatore and Jake Boumil also scored.
The fourth quarter was a fierce back-and-forth, but the Eagles outlasted the Trojan offense. James O’Donnell, Good and Phelps each added four points in the quarter. The final score was 60-54.
Good paced the team in scoring with 14 points. Snurkowski had 13.
“I thought we played really well in the second half,” Norwood said. “It came down to turnovers again, but despite that, I thought we played pretty tough.”
The team’s four seniors, players Boumil and O’Donnell and managers Chase McKim and Thomas Paola, were honored with their parents in the senior night game.
The Trojans are set to finish their regular season at Ellsworth today, Thursday, at 7 p.m.