ELLSWORTH — The Deer Isle-Stonington Mariners, the George Stevens Academy Eagles and the Mount Desert Island Trojans continued their winning ways this week while the slumping Ellsworth Eagles lost for the fourth time in their last five outings.
The 6-1 Mariners climbed into third place in the Eastern Maine Class D standings after scoring a big 60-38 win over the Bangor Christian Patriots, who are now ranked fourth in Class D.
GSA, which got off to a disappointing 1-5 start, has evened its record at 5-5 with four consecutive wins.
Victories this week over Searsport and Narraguagus helped the Eagles climb into ninth place in the Class C standings.
MDI improved its record to 6-2 with wins this week over the John Bapst Crusaders, the Bucksport Golden Bucks and the Foxcroft Academy Ponies.
The Trojans now are ranked sixth in the EM Class B standings.
With a 53-47 loss to the Old Town Coyotes, Ellsworth saw its record dip to 3-5 as the Eagles slipped to 13th place in the Class B ranks.
Bucksport’s Golden Bucks, currently ranked sixth in Class C, saw their record drop to 4-5 this week with losses to Lee Academy and MDI.
The 3-4 Sumner Tigers, now back at full strength after missing players for several games, downed Narraguagus this week and are ranked eighth in Class C.
MDI 68, John Bapst 34
The Trojans claimed their fifth win with a dominating 68-34 victory over the John Bapst Crusaders on Wednesday, Jan. 2, in Bar Harbor.
The Trojans raced out to a 15-7 lead in the first period and went on to outscore the Crusaders 45-19 in the second half.
Jon Phelps led the way woth 16 points for MDI, Ben Walls was close behind with 15 and Chris Kaiser chipped in with nine.
Colby Kohn led the Crusaders with eioght points.
Old Town 53, Ellsworth 47
The Eagles saw a four-point lead slip away in the fourth period as the Old Town Coyotes rallied for a 53-47 win on Thursday in Old Town.
Garrett Libby was the difference-maker for the Coyotes, scoring 14 of his game-high 24 points in the final period.
The score was knotted at 27-all at halftime and the Eagles pulled ahead in the third period as the Coyotes managed just five points.
But Old Town outscored Ellsworth 21-11 in the fourth period, clinching the win with three free throws in the final 20 seconds.
Steven Mahon led the Eagles with 14 points and pulled down six rebounds. Josh Bean had nine points and seven rebounds, and Jake Maguire chipped in with eight points.
For Old Town, Libby had six rebounds to go with his 24 points and Zach Bartlett added 11 points and five rebounds.
Lee Academy 69, Bucksport 56
With three players scoring in double figures, the Lee Academy Pandas downed the Golden Bucks 69-56 on Thursday in Bucksport.
The Pandas took command early, outscoring Bucksport 40-21 in the first half, and a strong 26-point fourth quarter for the Golden Bucks wasn’t enough to erase the big lead.
Chris Chaffee led Bucksport with 18 points and eight rebounds and Asher Bowden and Gabe Stearns each contributed eight points.
For Lee, Julian Diggs led the way with 25 points, Devin Peters had 12 and Steven Ma added 11.
GSA 66, Searsport 64
The GSA Eagles rallied from a seven-point deficit in the final quarter to nip the Searsport Vikings 66-64 on Thursday in Blue Hill.
The Eagles got 24 points, 14 of them in the decisive fourth period, 14 rebounds, 10 blocks and four steals from Devon Coleman.
Brett Ingraham also scored 18 points and Phil Shaheen and Kelsey Allen had nine each for GSA.
For the Vikings, Austin Bean led the way with 18 points and Jack Powell and Dylan Sieber had 17 each.
Sumner 83, Narraguagus 39
In Sullivan on Thursday, the host Tigers and the Narraguagus Knights were tied at 12-all after one period.
But the Tigers outscored the visitors 71-27 over the next three periods as they cruised to an 83-39 victory, their third of the season.
Leading the way for Sumner was Tylor Martin with 16 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists. Lucas Potter-Harmon had 15 points, Sam Smith 14, Eric Archer 12 and Tristan Rayner 11 in the balanced attack.
For Narraguagus, Blake Wright had 10 points.
DI-Stonington 60, Bangor Christian 38
The previously unbeaten Bangor Christian Patriots ran into more than they could handle Saturday as the Mariners cruised to a 60-38 win in Bangor.
The Mariners showed a balanced offensive attack with Stuart Bray scoring 13 points, Hayden Ciomei 11, Tim Cormier nine and Sam Grindle eight.
Seth Pearson led the Patriots with 13 points and Ben Bragg and Caleb Peary had seven each.
MDI 54, Bucksport 39
The Golden Bucks cut an 18-point lead in half with nine consecutive fourth-period points, but it wasn’t enough as the Trojans held on for a 54-39 win on Saturday in Bucksport.
For Bucksport, the lid was on the basket for most of the game. The Golden Bucks connected on just 12 of 56 attempts — less than 25 percent — from the floor and were 14-for-24 from the foul line.
The Trojans took the lead at the outset but the Bucks stayed within striking distance of the Trojans through the first half, trailing 25-17 at the break.
MDI pushed the lead to 41-26 in the third period, and held a 47-29 lead midway through the fourth quarter.
A driving layup by Chris Chaffee, a three-pointer by Asher Bowden, and a basket and two foul shots by Josh Gray cut the lead to 47-38 with 2:05 to go.
But the Trojans connected on five of six free throws in the final 81 seconds to clinch the win.
Ben Walls led all scorers with 20 points and Adam Gray added 14 for the Trojans.
Jimmy Osgood had 10 points and 9 rebounds, Chaffee had eight points and eight rebounds and Gray had eight points for the Golden Bucks.
GSA 75, Narraguagus 64
Kelsey Allen scored 23 points to lead the GSA Eagles to their fifth victory of the season in a 75-64 win over the Narraguagus Knights on Saturday in Blue Hill.
Trailing by three points after the first period, the Eagles outscored the Knights 28-11 to lead 41-27 at halftime, and they never looked back.
Devon Coleman had 15 points, nine rebounds and eight blocks, Sidney Beardsworth had 10 points, seven rebounds and three steals and Philip Shaheen had 11 points for the Eagles.
Spencer Thompson led the Knights with 21 points and Caleb Dublin had 16.
MDI 68, Foxcroft Academy 63
The Trojans got 22 points from Ben Walls as they held off the Foxcroft Academy Ponies in a 68-63 win on Monday in Dover-Foxcroft.
Jonathan Phelps also scored 17 points for MDI, which notched its sixth win of the season.
Ryan Rebar scored a game-high 28 points and Kaleb Smith added 13 for the Ponies.