Trojans foil Red Devils



EAST CORINTH — The Mount Desert Island High School boys’ varsity basketball team improved to 14-3 on the season with a more than 30-point triumph over the Central High Red Devils on the road Tuesday night.

Junior forward Riley Swanson scored a game-high 14 points in the Trojan’s 73-40 victory. Graham Good and Aaron Snurkowski each chipped in 12. Junior forward Russell Kropff had seven points, and Drew Rich added four.

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Graham Good, junior forward on the Mount Desert Island High School varsity boys’ basketball team, drives in for a layup in the Trojan’s 62-40 victory over the Hermon Hawks on Feb. 27. PHOTO COURTESY OF BARRY GUTRADT

“Tonight the kids played really well,” said MDI Coach Justin Norwood. “We started on a positive note, shot the ball really well, and defensively we were excellent for the most part. It was a really good team win.”

The Trojan boys took an early lead, sinking 23 points in the first quarter and allowing just six from their opponents. They held a double-digit lead throughout.

MDI players sank a total of 10 3-pointers and were 5-for-7 from the free-throw line.

The Trojan boys are set to host the Ellsworth Eagles on Thursday, Feb. 4, for their final regular season game at 7 p.m.

According to Norwood, going into the tournament season, the focus of his squad is to “get out and play the kind of basketball that we’ve been playing all year.”

The team, he said, recognizes “what our philosophy and goals are,” and is working towards “trying to clean up all the little things going forward.”

MDI 78 – Foxcroft 71

In Bar Harbor, Phelps led four players in double digits with 16 points to propel the Trojans to a 78-71 victory over the Foxcroft Academy Ponies on Friday, Jan. 29.

Kropff and Swanson each added 15 points, while Snurkowski had 10.

The Trojans came on strong early, taking a 19-10 lead in the first quarter and extending it to 35-24 at halftime.

The game was close in the third quarter with the Ponies cutting through the deficit to lag just three points behind. The score going into the final period was 53-50, but the MDI boys pulled ahead to win 78-71.

The Trojans were 12-for-24 from the free-throw line.

MDI 62 – Hermon 40

On Wednesday, Jan. 27, MDI shot out to an early lead and improved their record by taking down Hermon High School by a score of 62-40.

The Trojans were led in scoring by Swanson with 13 points. Snurkowski chipped in 12, including two 3-pointers, and Rich had 10 points.

MDI ended the first quarter with a 15-10 lead and extended it to 29-22 at halftime.

Hermon, 8-8 and currently 13th in Class B North, rallied from that deficit to twice reach within a single point of MDI in the third.

The Trojans, however, tightened their defense, allowing just eight points to their opponents in the final quarter and themselves adding 22 to seal a 62-40 victory over the Hawks.

MDI’s players were 11-20 from the free-throw line.

The Trojan boys are set to host Ellsworth on Thursday, Feb. 4, for their final regular season game at 7 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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