Mount Desert Island’s Ethan Merchant looks to drive to the basket against George Stevens Academy’s Jakob Ripton during the first half of a Great Harbor Shootout boys’ basketball game March 16 at Mount Desert Elementary School. MDI won 57-51. ELLSWORTH AMERICAN PHOTO BY MIKE MANDELL

DEFY boys’ team takes runner-up honors as Great Harbor Shootout draws 83 teams



MOUNT DESERT — Eighty-three teams traveled to the Mount Desert Island and Ellsworth areas this weekend for this year’s edition of the Great Harbor Shootout.

A total of 133 games were played in the tournament, which drew more than 3,000 people to the area. Those games began late Friday afternoon and concluded early Sunday afternoon and were played at Ellsworth-Elementary Middle School, Mount Desert Elementary School, the MDI YMCA, MDI High School, Pemetic Elementary School and Trenton Elementary School.

Among local teams, the Down East Family YMCA boys’ squad made it all the way to the junior high school school title game. The team lost 60-56 to Skowhegan in the championship game at MDI High School to finish as runner-up.

On the girls’ side, the MDI varsity team won the high school bracket with a 54-44 victory over Lawrence in Sunday’s championship game at Pemetic Elementary School. Among the Trojans’ other wins en route to the title were a 47-34 win over GSA, a 41-18 win over Caribou, a 45-41 win over Deer Isle-Stonington and a 53-49 win over Calais.

The high school boys’ title went to Hermon, which beat Mount Desert Island in the championship game for the second year in a row to claim its third straight Great Harbor Shootout title. Bangor defeated Southern Aroostook 51-24 to claim the junior high girls’ championship.

This year marked the 28th edition of the tournament, which was first held in 1992 as a seven-team competition. The event raises money for the Harbor House Community Center in Southwest Harbor.

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