OLD TOWN — The Mount Desert Island High School varsity boys’ basketball team took down the Old Town Coyotes in their season opener Saturday night on the road. Junior Russell Kropff led the Trojans in scoring with a total of 23 points, including a three-pointer.
“They [Old Town] are a strong team, [so] it was a really good win for us,” said MDI Head Coach Justin Norwood. “It was [an] intense environment, so the kids did a good job of keeping their heads up.”
The Coyotes started strong with a 14-8 lead in the first quarter. MDI soon responded by racking up 23 points to Old Town’s 13 in the second quarter The Trojans took the lead 31-27 at half-time.
Old Town added 14 more points in the third quarter, narrowing the Trojans’ edge to a single point. “A couple times, we built leads, and then we let them [Old Town] get back in. It was really up and down, and I was proud of our kids for holding composure.”
The Trojan boys didn’t let go of that lead, and with the help of free throw conversions, they sealed a 72-58 win for the team. Not surprisingly, free throw shooting was the team’s focus in practice last week. “We just made the plays that we needed to make,” added Norwood. “We played good defense.”
Riley Swanson scored 14 points for MDI, including three three-pointers. Andrew Phelps had 9 points; Graham Good had 8, while Drew Rich, Gus Reeves and Aaron Snurkowski each contributed 6 points.
MDI was 23-32 from the free throw line.
The Trojan boys are set to host Hermon High School at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 12.