BLUE HILL — Despite the absence of several players due to illness or travel, the Class C GSA Eagles stayed within striking distance of Class B rival Ellsworth through the first half in Blue Hill on Saturday.
A 10-2 run midway through the first quarter helped Ellsworth build a 23-14 lead before GSA’s Devon Coleman scored four quick points, cutting the margin to 23-18.
Griffin Nightingale scored at the buzzer to give Ellsworth a 25-18 lead, and the two teams matched basket for basket through the second period before Ellsworth’s Nick Bagley hit a three-pointer to give the visitors a 38-28 halftime lead.
But the second half belonged to Ellsworth.
After Kelsey Allen and Brett Ingraham scored for GSA to start the third quarter, Ellsworth reeled off 16 unanswered points — six each by Nightingale and Steven Mahon — to open a 54-32 lead.
Nightingale added eight more points before retiring to the bench in the fourth period with 19 points.
Freshman Bruce St. Peter finished with 14 points, eight of them in the first period, and five rebounds for Ellsworth and Brandon Braley and Mahon added 11 points each.
Phil Shaheen led GSA with 15 points, Coleman had 14 and Ingraham added 12.