(From left) Members of the 2019-20 All-Hancock County boys’ basketball team are Milos Sujica (senior, George Stevens Academy), Caden Mattson (senior, GSA), Hunter Curtis (sophomore, Ellsworth), Jackson Curtis (senior, Ellsworth), Porter Isaacs (junior, Mount Desert Island) and Myles Brown (junior, Deer Isle-Stonington).

TOURNEY 2020: Local standouts chosen to All-Hancock County boys’ team

Hancock County has produced no shortage of standout boys’ basketball players over the years, and the 2019-20 season has proved to be no different.

From tempo-setting big men to top scorers to lockdown defenders, this year’s Ellsworth American All-Hancock County team captures the best of the year that was in local boys’ basketball. With each of these six players set to appear in this year’s tournament, there will be plenty more opportunities for them to make their names known when the lights are at their brightest.

Milos Sujica, senior, George Stevens Academy

An exchange student from Serbia, Sujica quickly established himself as a vital player for George Stevens Academy with his high basketball IQ, strong rebounding ability and consistent jump shot. The senior averaged 12.7 points, 7.7 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 2.0 steals for the Eagles over 15 games.

George Stevens Academy’s Caden Mattson passes to teammate Michael Moon during the first half of a high school boys’ basketball game against Lee Academy on Dec. 7 in Blue Hill. Mattson led GSA in points (14.6), rebounds (8.1), assists (4.1) and steals (3.6) per game. ELLSWORTH AMERICAN PHOTO BY MIKE MANDELL

Even though he entered the season as a new addition to a group of GSA players that grew up playing youth basketball together, Sujica had no trouble establishing himself in head coach Dwayne Carter’s system. With his 6-foot-3 frame and outstanding floor vision, Sujica helped the Eagles make up for the loss of Bangor-bound center Andrew Szwez and solidify the themselves as a top team in Class C North.

“He’s very smart and really sees the game,” Carter said after GSA’s season-opening win over Lee Academy on Dec. 7. “Even though he’s just joining us, it seems like he’s played with us for a long time. He brings a new dimension, which we really needed.”

Caden Mattson, senior, George Stevens Academy

Mattson made the All-Hancock County team as George Stevens Academy’s defensive lynchpin a year ago, and the Blue Hill native has earned his place again in 2019-20. The senior was one of the area’s most complete players this season as captain of a GSA team that is once again a top threat in Class C North.

Mattson led GSA in points (14.6), rebounds (8.1), assists (4.1) and steals (3.6) per game this season. He also reaffirmed his status as one of Class C North’s premier defensive players as he locked down some of the division’s biggest scoring threats.

Hunter Curtis, sophomore, Ellsworth

After emerging as one of Ellsworth’s prominent rebounders and distributors a year ago, Hunter Curtis continued that development in 2019-20. Curtis averaged 8.5 points, 5.7 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game as the primary ballhandler for an Ellsworth team that went 15-3 in the regular season.

Although Curtis posted some strong rebounding numbers in Ellsworth’s first few games, he was at his best in the second half of the season. The sophomore recorded 17 points, 10 rebounds and five assists Jan. 18 against Orono and shot an impressive 54.5 percent over the Eagles’ last five games.

“My teammates have been getting me the ball when I’m open, and I’ve ended up getting shots to go in,” Curtis said. “I just like to take care of the ball, and if I score, I score.”

Jackson Curtis, senior, Ellsworth

Deer Isle-Stonington’s Myles Brown drives to the basket against Jonesport-Beals’ Adam Robinson during the second half of a high school boys’ basketball game Jan. 7 in Deer Isle. Brown posted a regular season average of 22.6 points per game, the most of any Hancock County player. ELLSWORTH AMERICAN PHOTO BY MIKE MANDELL

Jackson Curtis joins his brother on the All-Hancock County team after averaging 19.6 points and 9.0 rebounds per game. A returnee from last year’s All-Hancock County squad, Curtis was the anchor for the Eagles with his dominant post moves, reliable outside shot and remarkable rebounding ability.

On Jan. 25, Curtis scored 27 points against Presque Isle to become the first Ellsworth basketball in 13 years to join the 1,000-point club. He scored 15 points or more in all but three of the Eagles’ regular season games and was named Big East Conference Player of the Week for the seventh and eighth weeks of the season.

Porter Isaacs, junior, Mount Desert Island

Isaacs was a force in the post for MDI as he led the Trojans in points (11.2) and rebounds (7.6) per game through 17 games. Entering Saturday’s game against Ellsworth, his shooting percentage of 61.2 from inside the arc ranked third in the Big East Conference.

Isaacs’ dominance on the boards began in MDI’s first game, in which he corralled 19 rebounds as the Trojans fell 61-54 to Houlton. The 6-foot-4 junior from Mount Desert also posted 23 points and five rebounds Jan. 1 against Presque Isle, 21 points and 12 rebounds Jan. 14 against Old Town and 14 points and 13 rebounds in the Trojans’ Jan. 25 rematch with Presque Isle.

“He’s been our most consistent player,” MDI head coach Justin Norwood said of Isaacs. “He’s obviously a big dude, and he has great feet and great hands. … He’s been a big part of our half-court defense as well.”

Myles Brown, junior, Deer Isle-Stonington

Brown’s versatility was a major factor in the Deer Isle-Stonington boys’ team’s jump from five regular season wins a year ago to 12 in 2019-20. The junior guard averaged 22.6, points, 5.9 rebounds and 5.2 assists per game as one of two co-captains for the junior-heavy Mariners.

On Dec. 30, Brown posted a rare high school basketball feat, a triple-double, as he recorded 24 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists in a 69-55 win over Greenville. He also recorded 27 points Dec. 18 against Searsport, 27 points, 11 assists and five rebounds Jan. 3 against Bangor Christian and 32 points, seven rebounds and four steals Jan. 24 against Islesboro.

“Myles can do a lot for us outside because he’s a great shooter,” Deer Isle-Stonington head coach Don Allen said. “He’s become such a big scorer for us this year, and it’s huge when he’s making shots and the other guys start feeding off of him.”

Mike Mandell

Mike Mandell

Mike Mandell is the sports editor at The Ellsworth American and Mount Desert Islander. He began working for The American in August 2016. You can reach him via email at [email protected]

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