Eagles Survive Mariner Scare



DEER ISLE — On Thursday, the George Stevens Academy Eagles were cruising along with a 42-19 lead and appeared headed for a convincing win over the Deer Isle-Stonington Mariners.

Sam Grindle of the Deer Isle-Stonington Mariners drives the lane against the George Stevens Academy Eagles in GSA’s 56-47 win on Thursday at Deer Isle. Grindle hit six fourth-period three-pointers as the Mariners sliced the GSA lead from 23 points to five.—HUGH BOWDEN
Sam Grindle of the Deer Isle-Stonington Mariners drives the lane against the George Stevens Academy Eagles in GSA’s 56-47 win on Thursday at Deer Isle. Grindle hit six fourth-period three-pointers as the Mariners sliced the GSA lead from 23 points to five.—HUGH BOWDEN

DEER ISLE — On Thursday, the George Stevens Academy Eagles were cruising along with a 42-19 lead and appeared headed for a convincing win over the Deer Isle-Stonington Mariners.

But freshman Sam Grindle went on a shooting rampage that had observers shaking their heads in amazement, and the Mariners mounted a comeback of monumental proportions.

With Grindle pouring in 20 points, including six three-pointers, the Mariners slashed the GSA lead from 23 points to five.

After GSA’s Nick Doolittle hit a drving lay-up to open the quarter, the Eagles didn’t score another field goal until the final 90 seconds.

The Eagles clung to the lead, thanks only to eight-for-14 shooting from the foul line during that stretch.

Grindle’s fifth three of the period left the Mariners trailing just 47-42 with 1:56 to go.

But with the clock winding down, the Mariners had little choice but to foul, and the Eagles took advantage.

Elias Springer connected on four free throws and a game-ending lay-up over the final 53 seconds to clinch the win for GSA.

Grindle finished with 25 points, including seven three-pointers, and Evan Rollins added 10 for the 6-6 Mariners.

Springer finished with 19 points and Doolittle added 15 for the Eagles.

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