Trojan boys are keeping it close

Mount Desert Island High School basketball player Adam Gray, in white, drives to score during a Jan. 28 game against Washington Academy.

BAR HARBOR — The Mount Desert Island High School boys’ varsity basketball team kept fans on edge with three close games in four days. Their recent run was capped with a 71-64 win over the Washington Academy Raiders on Jan. 28.

The Raiders had a record of 7-7 going into the game. MDI had a record of 10-3 following its recent loss to Caribou High School on Jan. 26.

Most of the first quarter reflected those records. Driven by Ben Walls, MDI scored seven points in the first minute while the Raiders remained scoreless.

The Raiders gained momentum after their lead scorer, Gage Feeney, put them on the board and they continued to press MDI, scoring 12 points that quarter.

Despite that recovery, the Raiders continued to trail seven points at the beginning of the second quarter. They remained behind until Washington players made five foul shots and Feeney took advantage of a travel violation against MDI to score two points.

The third and fourth quarters remained close, with Washington briefly pulling ahead 54-52. However, the Raiders were roped in by the notable performance of Chris Kaiser and the reliable shooting of Ben Walls. By the time MDI called a timeout with three minutes remaining, it led 62-58.

In the final minutes, the lead widened to the final score of 71-64.

Earlier in the week the MDI boys edged past Presque Isle on Jan. 25. With a final score of 49-48, they narrowly beat their opponent despite leading by 10 points at halftime and dominating the first two quarters.

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Blake Davis

Reporter at Mount Desert Islander
Former Islander reporter Blake Davis covered sports and maritime events. He is a graduate of College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor.

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