With recent two-game split, Vikings stay in playoff mixSDHS boys continue solid hoop efforts, looks to maintain consistency, postseason push
Searsport — Six games into the regular season, in golf terms, the Searsport boys basketball team is par for the course.
The Vikings split a pair of contests to start the 2013 year with a home victory over Penobscot Valley of Howland Saturday, Jan. 5 and a road defeat to George Stevens Academy of Blue Hill Thursday, Jan. 3.
While the Vikings are in the Eastern Class B playoff chase, they will need to continue to play at a high level — below par in golf terms and above par in basketball terms — if they hope to earn a much-anticipated berth in the regional playoffs.
Searsport last participated in a regional preliminary playoff game in 2004, while the team last qualified for the tournament's quarterfinal round at the Bangor Auditorium in 1986.
The following is a recap of the team's two most contests:
Searsport 62, Penobscot Valley 45
At Searsport Jan. 5, the Vikings outscored the Howlers 29-7 in the second quarter and slowly pulled away for their first win of the new year. Searsport led 15-12, 35-19 and 51-29 at the quarter breaks.
Austin Bean scored 18 points for Searsport, while Dylan Sieber added 11; Dillan Moody and Jacob Powell, both nine; Bryce Shorey, five; Buddy Ellis, four; and Jake Keniston and Troy Reynods, both three.
For Penobscot Valley, Griffin Libby netted 16 points, while Robert Hallet added 15; Wade Thurlow, six; Grant Doane and Wyatt Foster, both three; and Thomas Spencer, two.
The Vikings were 10-of-16 (63 percent) from the foul line, while the Howlers were 8-of-11 (73 percent).
George Stevens Academy 66, Searsport 64
At Blue Hill Jan. 3, the Eagles outscored the Vikings 13-6 in the fourth quarter and earned a two-point win. GSA led 18-15 at the end of the first quarter and 31-28 at halftime, while Searsport took a 50-43 lead after three quarters.
Bean poured in 18 points for the Vikings, while Powell and Sieber each tallied 17; Moody, seven; Ellis, four; and Reynolds, one.
For the Eagles, Devon Coleman scored 24 points, while Brett Ingraham added 18; Phillip Shaheen and Kelsey Allen, both nine; and Cooper Smallidge, two.
Searsport netted 12-of-16 (75 percent) from the charity stripe, while GSA converted 14-of-17 (82 percent).
In the Maine Principals' Association Heal Point Standings for Eastern Class C, Searsport (3-3, 6.1728 points) is 10th, while Houlton (9-0, 33.4877 points) is first in the 17-team region. The top 11 teams qualify for the playoffs.
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