Mount Desert Island High School senior Drew Shea passes during the first half of a basketball game against Hermon on Jan. 31. MDI lost to Hermon 46-29 but bounced back with in its next game with a 66-44 win over Orono on Feb. 1. ISLANDER PHOTO BY MIKE MANDELL

Trojans outrun Ponies



BAR HARBOR — The Mount Desert Island High School boys’ basketball notched a Senior Night victory on Tuesday against Foxcroft.

MDI (12-5) avenged one of this season’s earlier losses when it defeated Foxcroft 81-61 in Bar Harbor. The Trojans’ 81 points were the team’s most since it beat Presque Isle 90-67 on Jan. 18, 2017.

Derek Collin of the Mount Desert Island High School basketball team on the court last week against Hermon. Collin led the team in scoring in that game and was named Big East Player of the Week for the second time this season. PHOTO COURTESY OF BARRY GUTRADT

Seniors Derek Collin, Brett Duley, Kyle Nicholson, Eli Parady, Drew Shea, Brennan Hubbard and Lukas Keene were recognized prior to the game, along with their families.

“It was a great Senior Night, and we shot the ball really well,” coach Justin Norwood said. “For these guys playing their last home games in an MDI uniform, it was good to see them get a hard-earned win like that.”

Duley scored a career-high 26 points for the Trojans. Other top scorers were Parady with 16, Collin with 13 and Shea and Nicholson with nine apiece.

With the win over Foxcroft, MDI will receive either third or fourth seed in the state tournament, which is scheduled to begin next week.

If the Trojans are seeded third, they would play the No. 6 seed in the Class B North quarterfinals at 5 p.m. next Friday, Feb. 15. With the No. 4 seed, they would play the fifth-ranked team at 10:35 a.m. next Saturday, Feb. 16.

Before that, though, the Trojans are scheduled to face Ellsworth (12-5) at 7 p.m. today, Feb. 7, at Ellsworth High School. A win would give the Trojans six straight over the Eagles and provide the team with a big boost entering the state tournament, where Norwood’s squad is looking to return to the Northern Maine championship game for the third consecutive year.

Player of the Week

Collin was named Big East Conference Player of the Week for the second time this season last Wednesday.

The award came after MDI’s road games against Old Town, Caribou and Presque Isle on Jan. 23, Jan. 25 and Jan. 26, respectively. During that stretch, Collin posted 74 points, 23 rebounds and seven assists.

Hermon 46 – MDI 29

After a toe-to-toe first half against No. 1 and undefeated Hermon last Thursday, MDI entered the second half with high hopes in its penultimate home game of the season. Yet the visiting Hawks held the Trojans to 10 points in the second half to come away with a 46-29 win in Bar Harbor.

Derek Collin led MDI with 13 points against Hermon. The Trojans’ other scorers were Steven Piece with four points, Brett Duley, Kyle Nicholson and Drew Shea with three apiece, Eli Parady with two and Porter Isaacs with one.

MDI 66 – Orono 44

MDI returned to form offensively the following night with an impressive victory on the road against Orono. The Trojans outscored the Red Riots in each quarter to come away with a 66-44 win and complete a season sweep in the matchup.

MDI displayed a balanced scoring effort against Orono with points from nine different players. Collin led the way with 17 points for the Trojans, who got 14 from Shea, 13 from Erik Merchant, eight from Isaacs, five from Nicholson, three from Caden Lunt and two apiece from Parady, Brett Duley and Brady Renault.

“We were coming off a back-to-back because the game against Hermon had got pushed back a day [from Wednesday to Thursday], but we responded well,” Norwood said. “I think our kids were really determined to bounce back from losing to Hermon, and they showed it. They played hard the whole night.”

Mike Mandell

Mike Mandell

Mike Mandell is the sports editor at The Ellsworth American and Mount Desert Islander. He began working for The American in August 2016. You can reach him via email at mmandell@ellsworthamerican.com.
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