Eagles Beat Bucks



ELLSWORTH — The Ellsworth Eagles upped their record to 9-1 this week with wins over two Hancock County rivals and are solidly ensconced in second place in the Eastern Maine Class B standings, six points behind the unbeaten Camden Hills Windjammers.

Ross Saunders of the Ellsworth Eagles looks for help as he is closely guarded by Brandon Flegel of the Bucksport Golden Bucks.—HUGH BOWDEN
Ross Saunders of the Ellsworth Eagles looks for help as he is closely guarded by Brandon Flegel of the Bucksport Golden Bucks.—HUGH BOWDEN

ELLSWORTH — The Ellsworth Eagles upped their record to 9-1 this week with wins over two Hancock County rivals and are solidly ensconced in second place in the Eastern Maine Class B standings, six points behind the unbeaten Camden Hills Windjammers.

But neither the 63-46 win over the George Stevens Academy Eagles nor the 76-62 victory over the Bucksport Golden Bucks came easily for Ellsworth.

On Saturday at Ellsworth, the Golden Bucks, who have proven to be a competitive squad despite their 3-8 record, got off to an abysmal start.

Ellsworth reeled off 13 unanswered points — six of them by senior Ryan Petros — before Bucksport’s Robert Alvarado hit a couple of foul shots nearly four minutes into the game to put his team on the scoreboard.

The Eagles maintained the lead through the first half, leaving the floor at the break with the score 42-29.

Ellsworth held a double-digit lead throughout a fast-paced third quarter, but the Golden Bucks made a run at their hosts in the final period.

Bucksport’s Isaac Redman cut the Ellsworth lead to single digits with a runner in the lane at the 4:50 mark and followed that basket moments later with a rebound put-back, shrinking the Eagles’ lead to 60-53.

But each time the Golden Bucks threatened, the Eagles responded.

With the score 64-57, senior Brad Folmer scored for Ellsworth on a pass from Petros, and junior Andrew Austin pushed the lead back to 11 points with a pair of foul shots.

But Bucksport junior Tyler French hit a three-pointer — his fifth of the game —to make it 68-60.

Then, after Folmer hit one of two foul shots on a one-and-one, Redman scored again for Bucksport, cutting the Ellsworth lead to 69-62.

But that was as close as the Golden Bucks would get.

Forced to foul, Bucksport sent a parade of Ellsworth shooters to the free throw line and the Eagles connected on six of 10 shots in the final 70 seconds to clinch the win.

Folmer led all scorers with 21 points, Austin added 16, Petros had 10 and Nick Holt chipped in with eight for the Eagles.

For Bucksport, Redman led the way with 19 points, French finished with 15, and Brandon Flegel and Mat Swazey each scored eight.

For more sports news, pick up a copy of The Ellsworth American.

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