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High school boys basketball

Islesboro gets back in game with two weekend court cases

Eagles come off island to play Searsport, Temple Academy in Waterville in only interscholastic contests
By Mark Haskell | Mar 01, 2021
Courtesy of: Melissa Burns Islesboro Central School boys varsity basketball team includes, front from left, Owen Jagger, Tobias Conover, Charles Jagger, Sam Jagger and Blake Zlotkowski; and back, head coach Josh Pedrick, Alex Watson, Logan Burns, Dylan Frank, Julian Kelly, Shamus Dove and assistant coach Jesse Burns. Not pictured are Max Dubois, Liam O’Malia and Rio Dubois.

Islesboro — With COVID-19 concerns, it seemed unlikely the Islesboro Central School boys basketball team would see interscholastic court competition this season.

“Starting out the season, everything was up in the air,” said second-year coach Joshua Pedrick. “We didn’t know if games would happen or not.”

But with the window for regular-season games winding to a close, athletic director Tracey Wuori was able to find a few games for the boys team, which played two games in as many days over the weekend on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 26-27.

The Eagles, who had practiced for weeks, were preoccupied shaking off the rust in both games, falling 70-23 at Searsport on Friday and 62-44 at Temple Academy of Waterville on Saturday.

But for Islesboro, simply getting back on the hardwood was enough.

“It was nice being able to step back on the court and give the Eagle boys a sense of normalcy again,” said Pedrick. “With it being our first game and many other teams having played a full schedule already, we knew it would be tough to jump right into it. But we weren’t going to let it stop us.”

He added the young men “were so excited, because the weeks of hard work [in practice] were not for nothing.”

“They knew Searsport and Temple [Academy] both had played more games than us and are more prepared,” he said. “Facing Searsport we worked out a lot of our first-game kinks and going into Temple {Academy] the next day, the Eagles were a different basketball team.”

Pedrick said he and the Eagles were thoroughly appreciative to have the opportunity to face in-game competition and “we will definitely be hungry and ready for next basketball season.”

Team members for the Eagles include Max Dubois, Owen Jagger, Logan Burns, Blake Zlotkowski, Alex Watson, Dylan Frank, Tobias Conover, Liam O’Malia, Julian Kelly, Shamus Dove, Charles Jagger, Sam Jagger and Rio Dubois. The team is coached by Joshua Pedrick and Jesse Burns.

The following is a recap of Islesboro’s weekend contests:

Temple Academy 62, Islesboro 44

At Waterville Feb. 27, the Bereans pulled away from the Eagles over the final three quarters and emerged victorious. The squads were tied 9-9 after the first quarter, while Temple Academy led 28-15 at halftime and 45-35 after three quarters.

Shamus Dove led Islesboro with 13 points, while Dylan Frank tallied 12; Toby Conover, seven; Alex Watson, five; Sam Jagger, four; Charlie Jagger, two; and Blake Zlotkowski, one.

Marko Ajvaz scored 30 points to lead Temple Academy, while Zack Wiles added 12; Peyton Reckards, 10; Chase Larrabee, four; Gabe Young, three; Evan LaFountain, two; and Josh Wiles, one.

The Eagles ended 3-of-9 (33 percent) from the free-throw line and Bereans 5-of-11 (45 percent).

Searsport 70, Islesboro 23

At Searsport Feb. 26, the Eagles got on the court for the first time this season and came up on the short end of a lopsided score against the host Vikings. Searsport led 17-9, 37-16 and 56-20 at the quarter breaks.

Josh Wright scored in 23 points for Searsport, while Tim Smith added 16; Cody Reynolds, 11; Gage Ellis, nine; Gabe Kneeland, four; Sam Cahill, Chase Brassbridge and Elias Higgins, two; and Cole Ellis, one.

Alex Watson led Islesboro with eight points, while Dylan Frank added four; Owen Jagger, Julian Kelly and Charlie Jagger, three; and Shamus Dove, two.

The Vikings finished 10-of-16 (62 percent) from the foul line and Eagles 2-of-6 (33 percent).

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