EAST MACHIAS — The boys’ varsity basketball team at the Mount Desert Island High School dropped its first game of the regular season to the Washington Academy Raiders on Dec. 8. It lost the game by a slim five points, 66-61.
MDI players gained their point advantage from moments of calm, careful basketball – controlled passing and deliberate positioning. Trojan Ben Walls, who scored 25 points in that game, may have exemplified that composure.
But in the fourth quarter, under pressure, that style of play ultimately shifted. According to their coach, MDI players opted for more challenging plays and passes rather than focusing on simply “attacking zones.”
As the Trojans slipped, the Raiders jumped on the opportunity to reduce their 10-point deficit (49-39) at the end of the third quarter to a five-point lead when the final buzzer rang.
The MDI boys’ team was scheduled to play John Bapst Memorial High School on Dec. 12 (away) and Bucksport High School Dec. 14.
Leading up to those games, the coach said his team would focus on what had worked in the game against Washington Academy.