Eagles Down Trojans in Finale



BAR HARBOR — Well over 1,000 fans packed the stands in Parady Gymnasium Friday night as the Ellsworth Eagles looked to avenge an earlier loss to the MDI Trojans.

Zach Emeigh of the Ellsworth Eagles drives for the basket with Ben Walls of the Mount Desert Island Trojans in pursuit. Emeigh stole an in-bounds pass and scored a key basket late in the game at MDI’s Parady Gymnasium.—HUGH BOWDEN
Zach Emeigh of the Ellsworth Eagles drives for the basket with Ben Walls of the Mount Desert Island Trojans in pursuit. Emeigh stole an in-bounds pass and scored a key basket late in the game at MDI’s Parady Gymnasium.—HUGH BOWDEN

BAR HARBOR — Well over 1,000 fans packed the stands in Parady Gymnasium Friday night as the Ellsworth Eagles looked to avenge an earlier loss to the MDI Trojans.

And while the Eagles took the lead for good in the second quarter on a three-pointer by junior Jordan Carter, the game was a close one until the final seconds.

Both teams obviously felt big-game pressure in the first period, which ended with Ellsworth in front 6-3.

MDI’s Travis Norwood gave the Trojans what proved to be their last lead of the game midway through the second period as he scored on a drive to the hoop.

But the Eagles then went on a 12-2 run that included Jordan’s three-pointer and another by junior Andrew Austin, and Ellsworth took a 22-14 lead into the locker room at halftime.

With senior Ryan Petros scoring Ellsworth’s first three baskets of the third period, the Eagles pushed the lead to 30-19.

But the Trojans battled back.

Caleb MacDonald scored on a conventional three-point play, Ben Walls hit four free throws, and Connor Records and MacDonald drove the lane for two-pointers as MDI cut the lead to 32-30 with 3:05 to go in the quarter.

Ellsworth was content to run time off the clock, adding one more basket on a nifty pass from Zach Emeigh to a driving Brad Folmer before period’s end.

Ellsworth again pushed the lead back to eight points early in the fourth quarter, and again the Trojans rallied.

A driving layup by MacDonald and a turnaround jumper in the lane by Jayson Burke cut the Ellsworth lead to 44-41 with 2:21 to go in the contest.

For the next 80 seconds, neither team scored, but with 1:01 on the clock Ellsworth’s Austin drew a foul and hit both free throws.

Burke answered for the Trojans nine seconds later with an inside move to the basket and the Eagle lead was back to just three, 46-43.

But playing from behind, the Trojans were left with no option but to foul.

Petros hit the front end of a one-and-one but missed the second shot with 47 seconds to go.

Seconds later, Emeigh all but sealed the win for the Eagles when he stole an in-bounds pass and raced down court for an uncontested layup, putting Ellsworth up 49-43.

Ellsworth hit two more free throws, and MDI one, in the final seconds, pushing the final score to 51-44.

Circumstances might have been different had MDI shot well from the foul line. But the Trojans were just 4-for-13 in the first half and 15-for-27 for the game, while the Eagles were 12-for-17.

Petros finished with 15 points, Austin had 10 and Folmer added eight for the Eagles.

MacDonald led the Trojans with 11 and Walls added nine.

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