BAR HARBOR — In the EMBBL 5/6 grade boys ‘A’ category, the MDI Y team, coached by Tom James, eked out a 44-43 win over the Hampden 1 team on Sunday.
Ryan Bender led team scorers with 22 points with Tanner Bickford adding 13 points.
The MDI team had only seven players suited up due to the holiday. The team had worked on a zone defense leading into the game, knowing that their numbers and pressure would be limited.
“The supporting players made the difference in this game. Graham Good had some strong rebounds when it was needed, Marcus Parsons made the foul shot that eventually became the winning basket,” Coach James said. “Ezra Johnson started to take the ball strong to the hoop which led to a great basket when both teams were going back and forth.”
The kids took a giant step in learning that basketball is a team sport, according to Coach James. “They helped each other out in all aspects of the game. I was proud of all seven players,” he said.