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Scott's Sports Spot

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Originally published in Island Ad-Vantages, January 16, 2014
DISHS Boys get only win in busy week

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Lucas Oliver of the Mariners battles Searsport

Lucas Oliver makes the stretch during a 65-52 win against Searsport.

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by Jack Scott

The girls basketball team lost to undefeated Searsport 56-38. Despite committing many turnovers in the first half, we led 24-22 at the half. We played good defense and shot well to have the lead. Unfortunately, Searsport scored 8 quick points to open the third quarter. We came back to trail 32-29, but over 10 turnovers and good Searsport shooting put us behind 39-32 after three quarters.

After that we couldn’t catch a break in the fourth quarter. We had fewer turnovers but just couldn’t convert, and Searsport made their foul shots to extend their lead. This was a good effort against a strong team, and if we could have kept our cool under their pressure, we could have made this a very close game. Unofficially, I counted over 35 turnovers, and we can’t afford to give the ball away that many times, especially against a good team. Holli Boyce led us with 14 points, Morgan Shepard had 10 points and 10 rebounds, and Allyson Eaton had 9 points and 9 rebounds.

The girls lost a tough game to an undefeated Machias team 51-48. We were plagued by foul trouble, some of which were questionable, and Machias was in the double bonus at the beginning of both the second and fourth quarters. This not only led to 21 points overall for Machias, but limited time for several of our players.

Allyson Eaton sat out half the first quarter because of fouls, but carried us by scoring 9 of our 11 points in the second quarter as we trailed 26-18 at the half. She had limited time in the second half as she picked up her fourth foul halfway through the third quarter and fouled out with six minutes left in the fourth.

Things looked grim as Ashley Haskell strained her knee in the second half and had to sit as well. At that point, Holli Boyce took over and scored 14 of her points in the fourth. We came alive with the players we had on the floor and trailed 47-46 with a couple minutes left. We had some good looks but a couple turnovers added to our woes, and we couldn’t pull it out. Holli Boyce led us with 22 points, Allyson Eaton 14, Morgan Shepard and Mallory Gommo each with 6.

The girls lost their momentum and lost to Bangor Christian 46-33. We started out well and got off to a 9-4 lead before falling back to lead 10-9 after one quarter. It was all downhill after that as we trailed from then on. After playing so well against a couple good teams, it was disappointing to have a breakdown against a team with no wins. We didn’t have the physical and mental effort we needed. Allyson Eaton led us with 13 points, Morgan Shepard 5, and Whitney Brown and Holli Boyce each with 4.

Boys basketball

The boys basketball team beat a scrappy Searsport team 65-52. We started strong and led 17-8, but Searsport rallied and ended the first quarter with 8 points to trim our lead to 17-16. We made the last 6 points of the second quarter to lead 30-27 at the half.

We turned it on in the third quarter, causing many turnovers and shooting much better to extend our lead to 49-32. However, Searsport gained momentum when our offense sputtered a bit with poor foul shooting while Searsport dropped in a couple threes.

Stuart Bray fouled out with two minutes left, and we had a tenuous 58-50 lead. Good defense and slightly better foul shooting helped us preserve the win and extend the lead for the victory. Lucas Oliver had a big game with 26 points and 10 rebounds, Jared Gove had 20 points, Krisford Melanio had 9 points and 7 rebounds, and Stuart Bray had 7 points and 15 rebounds.

The boys lost to a tall Machias team 53-45. It was a tale of two halves. The first half we played solid defense and kept control of the game to lead 21-14 at the half. After we scored the first basket of the third quarter, Machias aggressively trapped the ball and we fell all apart. They outscored us 17-0 for the rest of the quarter to lead 31-23 with 10 of those points off turnovers. We came back at them in the fourth, but Machias was good at the foul line and made 16 of 22 foul shots to preserve their lead.

Our shots wouldn’t drop, and the third quarter trapping seemed to totally get us out of our offensive rhythm. It was too bad we let this game get out of hand. Jared Gove led us with 17 points with 5 3-pointers, Lucas Oliver 11 points, Krisford Melanio 8, Stuart Bray 7, and Pat Duddy 5.

The boys lost to Bangor Christian 57-35. We trailed only 12-10 after one quarter, but our deficit got steadily worse through the rest of the game. We didn’t play with the focus we needed and got away from team play overall, allowing BC to control us. Stuart Bray led us with 19 points and 10 rebounds, Jared Gove had 6 points and Lucas Oliver 5. Definitely not our best effort against a team that doesn’t have a great record but plays a tough schedule.

The girls are 1-7 and need to decide which team we want to be. We can’t wait any longer to give anything but our best effort to get in a position to make the playoffs. We have shown some very good play, but we don’t maintain it and can’t afford to play down to opponents. We have to play together as we have shown we can and do it for four quarters. Because of where we are in the standings, we are at a now-or-never point in the season.

The boys are 5-5 and near the bottom of the playoff picture. We need to get back to where we were in the beginning of the season. After an impressive team win against Sumner early in the season, we haven’t been able to sustain that momentum. We have all the pieces of a solid team, but we need to get back to playing as a team with the focus and effort we have shown for all four quarters. With a tough group of games coming up quickly, we will show if we can prove all the predictions wrong or not.

Lucas Oliver of the Mariners battles Searsport

Lucas Oliver makes the stretch during a 65-52 win against Searsport.

Photo by Jack Scott
Holli Boyce of the Mariners goes for layup against Machias

Holli Boyce goes for a layup in an all-around outstanding performance against Machias.

Photo by Jack Scott