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High school boys basketball

In tale of two halves, Mount View falls short against MDI in prelim playoff

Visiting Mustangs control first half but Trojans slowly pull away over final 16 minutes
By Mark Haskell | Feb 13, 2020
Photo by: Mark Haskell Mount View's Joe Grassi, middle, rebounds the ball on Feb. 12 against Mount Desert Island in high school boys basketball in Bar Harbor. The visiting Mustangs lost to the Trojans 57-47 in a Class B North prelim playoff game.

Bar Harbor — The No. 9 Mount View boys basketball team had No. 8 Mount Desert Island on the ropes for much of the Class B North prelim playoff game on Wednesday night, Feb. 12.

The Mustangs outran, outhustled and outworked the Trojans throughout the first half, as the visitors forced turnovers, dove for loose balls and pushed the ball at a torrid pace.

However, the hosts slowed the high school court contest down in the second half and eventually took their first lead midway through the fourth — and went 12-of-15 (80 percent) from the charity stripe in that stanza — to slowly pull away and collect a come-from-behind, 57-47 victory over the Mustangs.

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With the win, MDI (9-10) advances to the quarterfinals, where it will face top-ranked and defending state Class B champion Caribou (17-1) on Saturday, Feb. 15 at 3:30 p.m. at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor.

Mount View’s campaign wrapped at 9-10.

It was an important win for the Trojans as the hosts were 2-7 at home this season — in which five of those losses saw them lead by 10 or more points in the second half — while it also was their first home prelim victory in four years, after going 0-3 in the previous three seasons.

Mount View jumped on MDI in the early going and led 15-8 after the first quarter and extended that advantage to 28-19 at halftime before the hosts closed the gap to the tune of a 15-8 run as the Mustangs found themselves up 36-34 after three quarters.

Garrett Smith led the balanced Mount View scoring attack with a 13-point effort, while Draedyn Furrow added 10; Declan Knowlton, eight; Elijah Allen, seven; Neal Kenney and Sean Raven, three; and Joe Grassi, two.

Jack DaCorte keyed MDI with 16 points, while Nate Philbrook added 14; Brady Renault, nine; Porter Isaacs, eight; Ethan Merchant, four; Charlie Parker, three; and Maddox Laurendeau and Erik Merchant, two.

The Mustangs netted 8-of-13 (61 percent) from the foul line, while the Trojans were 22-of-29 (76 percent), including 12-of-15 (80 percent) over the final eight minutes to help pull away from the visitors.

The ‘Stangs led for nearly the entire game before DaCorte finished a hoop in the paint with 6:05 to play to give the Trojans their first advantage at 39-38.

Smith gave Mount View the lead right back, as he converted a hoop in the paint with a nifty spin move, but Parker’s two foul shots put MDI back up 41-40.

Mount View did not regain the lead.

An Allen free throw tied the game 41-41 — and Smith hit a clutch jumper to again knot the score moments later after a pair of Renault free throws — but Philbrook and Renault hit back-to-back shots with just over a minute and a half to play.

A pair of Furrow foul shots made the score 49-45 with just under a minute to play, but DaCorte hit the front end of a two-shot foul — and missed the second — but Philbrook had a clutch offensive putback with 40 seconds to go to give the Trojans a 52-45 advantage.

Mount View was forced to foul as MDI continued to pull away with its strong foul shooting.

“Mount View is an unbelievable rebounding team,” said MDI coach Justin Norwood. “They did a good job on the boards tonight, but we got some key rebounds in the last minute or so, so that was huge.”

“We needed to be a little more patient offensively and we just didn’t find the rhythm from the start of the third quarter,” said Mount View coach Jeremy Von Oesen. “Once we did, it was already back to a neck-and-neck game. Game’s on the road are tough to win when they’re back and forth like that.”

Norwood said his team was “forcing things” in the first half.

“Defensively in the first half we were not very good,” he said. “We pride ourselves on half-court defense and there were a couple times where kids drove all the way to the baseline without help coming. And we just talked about needing to be fundamental in the half-court defense. We needed to make plays and in the second half we did a good job doing that.”

Mount View took an early 7-1 lead after Allen hit a trey before French hit a foul shot for MDI, but Smith’s midrange jumper and Knowlton’s offensive putback gave the ‘Stangs an early six-point cushion.

The visitors held the hosts to only one first-quarter field goal — a trey from DaCorte — as Mount View controlled the glass on both ends of the floor and were able to get to the baseline for close-range hoops almost at will.

MDI kept it close in the first quarter thanks to its play from the foul line (5-of-8), but Mount View closed the stanza with four straight points after Knowlton scored off a backdoor cut and Furrow went coast-to-coast to put the Mustangs up 15-8.

The Mustangs led by as many as nine points twice in the second quarter after a baseline make from Knowtlon early (19-10), but the visitors went into halftime with a nine-point lead after strong individual efforts from Brennan Grant and Smith.

After a Mount View player had a shot blocked near the baseline, Grant, leapt out of bounds and saved the possession, which ended in a teardrop in the paint from Smith with 25 seconds to play as the ‘Stangs surged to a 28-19 lead.

In the second half, the Trojans slowed the game’s pace, and held the Mustangs off the scoreboard for the first six minutes of the third quarter.

Isaacs scored quickly, while Renault scored on back-to-back layups and Isaacs netted a basket — while fouled in the act of shooting — to make the score 28-27 Mount View after the missed foul shot.

Furrow quickly collected the rebound and a snap pass found an open Raven at the far end of the court to give Mount View its first hoop of the stanza with 2:30 to go. A Kenney 3-pointer and free throws from Allen and Raven wrapped the stanza for the ‘Stangs, who held a four-point lead going into the final quarter.

Von Oesen said, in the end, the Trojans “did what they had to do to close it out.”

“They’ve been through some pretty tough games, and that’s indicative of how they play,” he said. “Although they’re young, they’re returning a lot of kids next year and I think they can give Caribou a run [Saturday].”

Mount View at Mount Desert Island boys basketball
Mount Desert Island hosts Mount View on Feb. 12 in high school boys basketball in Bar Harbor. (Video by: Mark Haskell and Zack Miller)
Mount View's Neal Kenney, front, and Sean Raven. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Mount View's Declan Knowlton, left, and MDI's Nate Philbrook. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Mount View's Garrett Smith, left, Declan Knowton, middle, and Elijah Allen, right, as well as MDI's Nate Philbrook, middle, and Porter Isaacs, right. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Mount View's Declan Knowlton, left, and Elijah Allen, right, as well as MDI's Charlie Parker, middle, and Porter Isaacs. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Mount View's Joe Grassi, right, and MDI's Will Hodgdon. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Mount View's Joe Grassi, middle, and MDI's Charlie Parker, left, and Will Hodgdon. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Mount View's Joe Grassi, middle, and Declan Knowlton, right, as well as MDI's Charlie Parker, left, and Will Hodgdon. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Mount View's Sean Raven, left, and Declan Knowlton. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Mount View's Sean Raven. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Mount View's Declan Knowlton, front, and MDI's Nate Philbrook. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Mount View's Draedyn Furrow, middle, and Sean Raven, front, as well as MDI's Charlie Parker. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Mount View's Draedyn Furrow, middle, and MDI's Charlie Parker. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Mount View's Declan Knowlton, left, Draedyn Furrow, middle, and Joe Grassi, right, as well as MDI's Brady Renault. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Mount View's Draedyn Furrow, left, and MDI's Brady Renault. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Mount View's Draedyn Furrow, left, and MDI's Brady Renault. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Mount View's Declan Knowlton, back, and MDI's Brady Renault. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Mount View's Draedyn Furrow, back, and Garrett Smith, right, as well as MDI's Brady Renault, left, and Charlie Parker. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Mount View's Garrett Smith, right, and MDI's Charlie Parker. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Mount View's Declan Knowlton. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Mount View's Declan Knowlton, front, and MDI's Charlie Parker, left, and Nate Philbrook. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Mount View's Garrett Smith. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Mount View's Garrett Smith, right, and MDI's Erik Merchant. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Mount View at MDI on Feb. 12 in high school boys basketball in Bar Harbor. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Mount View's Elijah Allen, right, and MDI's Porter Isaacs. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Mount View's Sean Raven, back, and MDI's Porter Isaacs. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Mount View's Sean Raven, right, and MDI's Jake DaCorte. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Mount View's Draedyn Furrow, middle, and Declan Knowlton, right, as well as MDI's Brady Renault. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Mount View's Draedyn Furrow, right, as well as MDI's Brady Renault, left, and Nate Philbrook. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Mount View's Draedyn Furrow, left, and MDI's Brady Renault. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Mount View's Draedyn Furrow, front, and MDI's Brady Renault. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Mount View's Garrett Smith. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Mount View's Draedyn Furrow. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Mount View's Delcan Knowlton, right, and MDI's Erik Merchant. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Mount View's Delcan Knowlton, right, and MDI's Erik Merchant, middle, and Jack DaCorte. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Mount View's Delcan Knowlton, right, and MDI's Erik Merchant, middle, and Jack DaCorte. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Mount View's Draedyn Furrow. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Mount View's Sean Raven, left, and MDI's Erik Merchant. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Mount View's Brennan Grant, left, and Elijah Allen. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Mount View's Elijah Allen, left, and MDI's Maddox Laurendeau. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Mount View's Draedyn Furrow, right, and MDI's Jack DaCorte. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Mount View's Draedyn Furrow, front, and MDI's Cadin Lunt. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Mount View's Draedyn Furrow, front, as well as MDI's Cadin Lunt, middle, Nate Philbrook, left, and Maddox Laurendeau. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Mount View's Draedyn Furrow, left, and MDI's Maddox Laurendeau. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Mount View's Draedyn Furrow, left, and MDI's Maddox Laurendeau. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Mount View's Elijah Allen, right, and Garrett Smith, back, as well as MDI's Brady Renault. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Mount View's Elijah Allen, right, and Garrett Smith, back, as well as MDI's Brady Renault. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Mount View's Draedyn Furrow, left, and MDI's Porter Isaacs. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Mount View's Draedyn Furrow, left, and MDI's Porter Isaacs, right. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Mount View's Declan Knowlton, right, and MDI's Nate Philbrook, left. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Mount View's Draedyn Furrow, middle, and Elijah Allen, right, as well as MDI's Brady Renault. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Mount View's Elijah Allen, right, and MDI's Porter Isaacs. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Mount View's Garrett Smith, right, and MDI's Ethan Merchant. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Mount View's Brennan Grant, front, Draedyn Furrow, back, and Elijah Allen. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Mount View's Draedyn Furrow, left, and Elijah Allen, back, as well as MDI's Nate Philbrook. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Mount View's Draedyn Furrow, back, and MDI's Brady Renault. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
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