PRESQUE ISLE — The Mount Desert Island High School boys’ varsity basketball team braved winter weather last week to break even in away games against teams from Caribou and Presque Isle. MDI’s record is now 3-2.
MDI won its game against Caribou on Dec. 28 with a final score of 76-54, bagging more baskets in that match than any of their other regular season games.
He partially attributed the Trojans performance to “getting in the paint the whole time” and scoring the majority of their points scored in close. He also noted that three-point shots made by Jon Phelps marked a crucial shift in favor of the Trojans in the second half.
As the coach had anticipated, Caribou “tried to speed up the game and play pretty fast,” a style of high pressure that had tripped up MDI players in an earlier game against Washington Academy. However this time “we did a good job getting back” and remaining composed, coach Norwood said.
“I think our guards – Jon [Sargent], Abe [Philbrook], Keegan [McKim] – are just getting more comfortable together,” coach Norwood said. Combined with high defensive pressure in the third quarter, that helped MDI maintain its lead for most of the game to win by nearly 20 points.
While that win should have given MDI momentum going into its game the next day at Presque Isle on Dec. 29, the coach said his players “struggled to do the things they needed to do well.” Rather than set skills, he said, “it was more of a mental thing.”
The MDI boys’ varsity basketball team was next scheduled to play against John Bapst on Jan. 2. The Trojans have struggled against Bapst in the preseason. “I think we’ll just work on zone attach and some of the fundamentals [leading up to that game],” coach Norwood said.
Later in the week, MDI faces off against Bucksport High School on Jan. 5.