Graham Good, junior forward on the Mount Desert Island High School varsity boys’ basketball tea, drives in for a layup in the Trojan’s 68-52 victory over Old Town on Wednesday, Jan. 13. Good contributed 14 points and 10 rebounds. PHOTO COURTESY OF BARRY GUTRADT

Boys snare Coyotes, edged by Red Riots

BAR HARBOR — Riley Swanson, junior forward on the Mount Desert Island High School basketball team, paced the Trojans in scoring with 18 points in taking down the Old Town Coyotes for the second time this season on Wednesday, Jan. 13.

In a close matchup, the Trojans scored 16 points from the free-throw line in their 68-52 victory.

“We’re lucky that we have good shooters. Tough moments don’t really bother these kids,” said MDI Coach Justin Norwood. “It could be a little nerve wracking having to shoot free throws when you have a really good team make a comeback on you. But they made them when they needed to.”

MDI started strong as Russell Kropff began the scoring with a jump shot. Sophomore guard Andrew Phelps sank a 3-pointer off an assist from Graham Good, building a lead of five unanswered points just minutes into the first quarter.

The Coyotes responded with free throws. Then, with 20 seconds left in the quarter, Swanson sank a 3-pointer to put MDI up 13-6.

Old Town opened the next quarter by chipping away at the seven-point lead. Devin Parlatore of MDI quickly added field goals, and Good racked up additional points to take the lead to 22-11 with three minutes till the end of the half.

The majority of the points for the Coyotes in the second quarter resulted from successful shots from the foul line.

In the final minutes before halftime, Kropff sank a 3-pointer off an assist from Phelps. Seconds later, Good stole the ball and passed to Phelps, who extended the Trojans lead to 34-18.

Before the game, Norwood said he told his squad to not worry about winning or losing, but rather trying “to get them to think about winning the moment.”

When the team entered the court for warm ups, he advised them to “win the warm ups, [and] do it better than the other team because that’s something that we can win.”

According to him, warm-ups are a gravely undervalued part of the game. “If you take 15 minutes and multiply it by 18 games, that’s an extra couple practices if you take it seriously.”

Norwood said that it is “great to get a win,” but said that he sleeps better “when we play well, regardless of the outcome. I’m really concerned about how well we’re playing, not necessarily the score.”

In the second half, the Trojans came out charging, and the Coyotes got no closer than 10 points.

Swanson began the scoring in the third quarter. Junior guard Aaron Snurkowski added a 3-pointer, and MDI led 39-27 with two minutes left in the third quarter.

In the final seconds, Swanson sank a jump shot, and Old Town replied with free throws.

Parlatore ran coast-to-coast for a layup, and MDI entered the final period up 45-32.

Swanson extended the Trojan’s lead, and Good added points off an assist from Snurkowski. With 5:35 left, MDI was up 51-38.

The next several minutes were marked by the blowing of whistles as both team racked up fouls.

The Trojan’s free throws came to the rescue as the players went 16-for-21 from the foul line.

Mac Shea sank the final shots from the free-throw line to seal the 68-52 victory.

Orono 62 – MDI 52

The Trojan boys fell 62-52 to the Orono Red Riots on the road on Monday night.

MDI is now 9-3 on the season.

The Trojans took an early lead, but Orono quickly responded by racking up points and led 20-12 at the end of the first quarter. MDI fought back, cutting the lead to seven as the halftime score was 35-28.

After halftime, the Trojans trailed closely behind as Orono was ahead by three points. But the Red Riots sank their free throws and added 23 points total in the final quarter to put the game away at 62-52.

The Trojans were led in scoring by Swanson with 18 points, and Good contributed 12.

MDI players were 7-for-10 from the free-throw line. The team is set to host Presque Isle on Friday, Jan. 22, at 7:30 p.m. and Caribou High School on Saturday, Jan. 23, at 2:30 p.m.


Amanat Khullar

Amanat Khullar

Amanat Khullar is a sports reporter for the Mount Desert Islander. She comes from New Delhi, the capital city of India and graduated from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.

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