BAR HARBOR — After a loss to the Red Riots last week, the boys’ varsity basketball team of Mount Desert Island High School came out swinging when they played Presque Isle last Friday. The team rolled over the Wildcats for a 59-41 victory on their home ground on Jan. 22.
“They are well coached, have good players and are always tough to compete against,” MDI Coach Justin Norwood said. “So it was a really good win.”
The Wildcats took an early lead, sinking foul shots to pull ahead early in the first quarter. But MDI fought back to even the score at 7-7 with two minutes left in the quarter. Presque Isle replied moments later with a field goal.
With just seconds left, Trojan sophomore guard Colby Lee sank a 3-pointer before the buzzer to put the team in the lead, 10-9 at the end of the quarter.
Isaiah Keene scored the first points for the second period with a jump shot, and junior guard Aaron Snurkowski expanded the lead to 14-9 off an assist from Graham Good. The Wildcats quickly chipped away at that lead, evening the score at 14-14 with five minutes left in the half.
Just as quickly, MDI’s Devin Parlatore added a field goal and hit free throws to put the Trojans up again.
Riley Swanson and Snurkowski chipped in additional points for the Trojans, and the Wildcats replied with a 3-pointer.
With eight seconds left in the quarter, Russell Kropff added a field goal, and MDI finished the first half up 26-21.
The Trojans carried the rally into the second half of the game, allowing their opponents just nine points to their 19. Kropff added two 3-pointers. Swanson added another for the team, and junior guard Gus Reeves ran coast-to-coast to put the Trojans up 45-30 at the end of the third quarter.
Presque Isle began the scoring in the final period and scored from the foul-line to reduce the Trojan lead to 14 points – the closest the Wildcats would get for the rest of the game. Parlatore hit a jump shot to put MDI up 52-36.
The Trojans maintained their lead the rest of the quarter, and with additional points from Good in the final seconds of the game, MDI sealed their victory at 59-41.
MDI was led in scoring by Swanson with 16 points, while Kropff contributed 12. The Trojans were 7-for-12 from the free-throw line.
MDI 69 – Caribou 42
At Bar Harbor, Swanson scored 21 points to lead the Trojans to victory over Caribou High School Saturday and to avenge a loss from earlier in the season. MDI edged out the Vikings 69-42 on Saturday and improved to 11-3. Good chipped in 10 points to the Trojan’s victory.
According to Norwood, the focus for the team was to up their defense on the Caribou Vikings’ “best player [who] really hurt us,” in their last match in December.
Donovan Savage of Caribou scored a game-high 30 points in the Trojan’s earlier loss. On Saturday, Norwood’s squad “made an effort to slow him down,” holding him to 16 points. “That was a big thing coming in,” Norwood said. “We wanted to force tempo as far as getting a lot of pressure on them, and I thought we did a good job of that.”
The MDI boys took an early lead of 19-2 in the first four minutes of the game and held it, ending the quarter up 21-10.
The Trojans added 17 more points in the second period, allowing only 8 to their opponents to finish the half at 38-18.
The Vikings fought back after halftime, adding 20 points in the third quarter, but were unable to surmount the Trojan’s substantial lead. With 11 more points in the final period, the Trojans sealed a 69-42 victory over the Vikings.
The MDI players were 10-for-15 from the free-throw line.
The Trojan boys are set to host Foxcroft Academy on Friday, Jan. 29, at 7 p.m. and will take to the road for a matchup against Central High School on Tuesday, Feb. 2.