Mount Desert Island High School junior forward Drew Rich takes a shot at the Thanksgiving tip-off tournament game against Gardiner at home on Saturday, Nov. 28. PHOTO COURTESY OF BARRY GUTRADT

Trojan boys sideline Gardiner, Fryeburg

BAR HARBOR — Junior Riley Swanson led the Mount Desert Island High School varsity boys’ basketball team in scoring in their Thanksgiving tip-off tournament games on Saturday, Nov. 27.

The Trojan boys took on the Gardiner Tigers in their first exhibition game and won 61-45. They took a 19-8 lead over the Tigers at the end of the first quarter. Gus Reeves added five points for the Trojans, and Drew Rich added three. Junior Russell Kropff racked up seven points, including a three-pointer just before the buzzer went off.

The Trojans were outscored by the Tigers in the second quarter, but MDI led overall 30-25 at half-time. Swanson added five points, and Aaron Snurkowski added four.

Head Coach Justin Norwood said his concern in the preseason is not as much on the wins or losses, as it is on “making sure that we play well.” He is pleased with the team’s improvement so far.

The third quarter began strong for MDI with Swanson scoring a three-pointer in the first 40 seconds. The Trojans outscored Gardiner and led 44-34 at the end of the quarter.

The Trojans came back for a solid fourth quarter, adding 17 to Gardiner’s 9, taking the winning score to 61-45.

Swanson had 20 points, Snurkowski had 9, and Kropff had 7. MDI was 4 for 5 from the free throw line.

MDI 58 – Fryeburg Academy 26

In the final game of the day on Saturday, the Trojans jumped to an early 21-7 lead over Fryeburg Academy and held it for a 58-26 win.

Swanson and Graham Good each added 13 points for MDI, and Snurkowski added 9.

“Overall, the two biggest things any team needs to do [are to] take care of the ball without turning it over and rebound,” said Norwood. Those skills are what his team is focusing on in practices.

The regular season begins Saturday as the MDI boys take on Old Town at 7 p.m.

“We need to be ready for their pressure. They rebound the ball pretty well, so we have to make sure that we’re working on that,” said Norwood. “Right now, it’s just about what we do. It’s really more about us getting better.”

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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