High school boys basketball

With valuable Heal Point-bounty on line, Mariners navigate past Trojans

Oceanside forges key two-point victory over MDI with help from Lombardo's 3-point barrage
By Mark Haskell | Jan 06, 2019
Photo by: Mark Haskell Oceanside Cam Kingsbury, right, plays keep away from two Mount Desert Island defenders on Jan. 4 in a high school boys basketball game in Rockland. The host Mariners held off the Trojans 50-48.

Rockland — By virtue of its recent stretch of down-to-the-wire home games, the Oceanside boys basketball team may want to start passing out heart medication to Mariner fans for its remaining court battles.

The Mariners hosted Class B North stalwart Mount Desert Island of Bar Harbor on Friday night, Jan. 4 in a high school hardwood game the hosts needed, especially after they had fallen to the Trojans 76-59 on Dec. 15 in a road contest.

On Friday, the Trojans held a nine-point lead with less than five minutes to play, but the Mariners battled back, got signficant contributions from several key players and ended the affair on a 14-3 run as Oceanside emerged with a hard-fought 50-48 victory.

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In its previous two home games, Oceanside lost 97-94 in triple-overtime to defending state champion Hermon and bested Belfast 65-56 in one overtime.

In Friday's exciting affair, MDI held a 16-15 lead after the first quarter and 25-18 at halftime, while Oceanside went on a 16-8 third-quarter run to take a 34-33 lead at that final break.

The game had eight lead changes and four ties as Oceanside finished with 12 turnovers against 19 for MDI, seven of which came in the pivotal final stanza.

Cooper Wirkala paced the Mariner offense with a 21-point effort, while Jack Lombardo connected on five 3-pointers — with seemingly each more important and emphatic than the last — to chip in 15; Trevor Reed, eight; Amos Anderson, four; and Drew Daggett, two.

Drew Shea led the Trojans with 14 points, while Brett Daley netted nine; Derek Collin, eight; Porter Isaacs and Steve Pierce, five; Caden Lunt, three; and Eli Parady, two.

The Mariners were 3-of-4 (75 percent) from the charity stripe — all attempted by Wirkala — while the Trojans were 2-of-4 (50 percent).

Anderson added eight rebounds — including one on MDI’s final attempt to take the lead in the game’s waning seconds — while Wirkala dished out four assists and Jaden Martin drew three key ayer-control fouls late in the game for Oceanside.

In addition to Lombardo’s five treys, Reed and Wirkala added a pair of long balls as Oceanside converted nine from beyond the arc. MDI hit six treys on the night, two from Daley and Shea and one from Lunt and Pierce.

After a tight first quarter, MDI appeared to seize control in the second as it held Oceanside off the scoreboard for the first seven minutes and 55 seconds of the stanza.

That was before Lombardo buried a triple just before the final horn sounded as the Mariners went into the locker room trailing by single digits.

That trey seemed to swing the momentum to Oceanside to begin the third quarter as the Mariners began the stanza on an 16-4 burst.

Wirkala scored off a fast break to begin the quarter before he leaped over the midcourt line to save a potential backcourt violation and somehow got the ball to an open Lombardo in the corner, who stuck a 3-pointer to put the hosts down 25-23.

Isaacs scored on the next few Trojan possessions, but Lombardo and Wirkala countered with three-point baskets as the Mariners knotted the score 29-29 with three minutes to play in the stanza.

A Reed 3-pointer prompted an MDI timeout, while Anderson scored on the next Mariner possession as the hosts’ lead swelled to five points.

The Trojans rattled off the next nine points which spanned into the fourth quarter after a pair of hoops from Collin, another from Parady and a trey from Pierce to give the visitors a 38-34 lead. That began a 16-2 run as MDI seemed to pull away for good when a 3-pointer by Daley gave the Trojans a 45-36 advantage.

Wirkala scored with 3:47 to play to put Oceanside down 45-38 and after a Daley foul shot improved MDI’s lead to eight, Lombardo and Wirkala hit back-to-back treys before Lombardo stole the ensuing inbound pass and found Anderson under the hoop for a quick bucket to knot the score 46-46.

Daley put MDI back up by two points after a fast-break layup and, after an Oceanside miss, the visitors appeared to begin to run down the clock before a Trojan turnover with 53 seconds to go.

That set the stage for Reed, who hit a huge 3-pointer with 40 seconds to play to give the Mariners a 49-48 lead they never relinquished.

MDI had two chances to regain the lead, but the second opportunity by Shea rattled out and into the hands of Anderson, who found Wirkala on a quick outlet pass.

Wirkala was fouled with 0.5 of a second to go and he made the front end of his two free throws before missing the second on purpose as the clock ran out on the Trojans.

In the Maine Principals’ Association Heal Point Standings for Class B North, Oceanside (6-2, 22.4691 points) is fifth, while Hermon (8-0, 42.9630 points) is first in the 16-team region. The top 11 teams qualify for the playoffs.

Mount Desert Island at Oceanside boys basketball
Oceanside hosts Mount Desert Island on Jan. 4 in high school boys basketball in Rockland. (Video by: Mark Haskell and Zack Miller)
Oceanside's Amos Anderson, front, among others. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Oceanside's Cooper Wirkala, middle, along with Mount Desert Island Derek Collin (32), among others. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Oceanside's Drew Daggett, left, and Mount Desert Island's Brett Daley. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Oceanside's Cooper Wirkala (11) and Mount Desert Island's Brett Daley, right, among others. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Oceanside's Cooper Wirkala (11) and Mount Desert Island's Brett Daley, right, among others. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Oceanside's Cooper Wirkala (11) and Mount Desert Island's Brett Daley, right, among others. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Oceanside's Cam Kingsbury, right, and Mount Desert Island's Steven Pierce, front left, among another. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Oceanside's Cam Kingsbury, right, and Mount Desert Island's Steven Pierce, front left, among another. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Oceanside's Drew Daggett, right, and Mount Desert Island's Eli Parady. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Oceanside's Trevor Reed. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Oceanside's Jack Lombardo. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Oceanside's Jack Lombardo. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Oceanside's Cooper Wirkala, front. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Oceanside's Drew Daggett, back, and Mount Desert Island's Eli Parady. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Oceanside's Jaden Martin, right, and Mount Desert Island's Cadin Lunt. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Oceanside's Jaden Martin, middle, and Cooper Wirkala, right, along with Mount Desert Island's Cadin Lunt. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Oceanside's Jack Lombardo, right, and Mount Desert Island's Steven Pierce. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Oceanside's Trevor Reed, left, and Jack Lombardo. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Oceanside's Trevor Reed, middle, and Mount Desert Island's Drew Shea. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Oceanside's Cam Kingsbury, right, and Mount Desert Island's Steven Pierce. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Oceanside's Cooper Wirkala, right, and Mount Desert Island's Drew Shea. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Oceanside's Cooper Wirkala, left, and Mount Desert Island's Kyle Nicholson. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Oceanside's Jack Lombardo, left, and Drew Daggett. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Oceanside players and coaches rise from the bench and clap for a key play for the Mariners. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Oceanside players and coaches rise from the bench and clap for a key play for the Mariners. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Oceanside's Drew Daggett (22) and Mount Desert Island's Drew Shea, with ball, among others. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Oceanside's Drew Daggett (22) and Mount Desert Island's Drew Shea, with ball, among others. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Oceanside's Amos Anderson, left, and Mount Desert Island's Porter Isaacs. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Oceanside's Amos Anderson, left, and Mount Desert Island's Porter Isaacs. Mariner Jaden Martin is at right. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Oceanside's Trevor Reed, left, and Mount Desert Island's Cadin Lunt. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Oceanside's Trevor Reed, front, and Mount Desert Island's Cadin Lunt. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Oceanside's Jack Lombaro, left, and Amos Anderson, along with Mount Desert Island's Drew Shea. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Oceanside's Jack Lombaro, left, Amos Anderson (12) and Jaden Martin, along with Mount Desert Island's Drew Shea (44) and Porter Isaacs. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Oceanside's Jack Lombaro, left, Amos Anderson (12) and Jaden Martin, along with Mount Desert Island's Drew Shea (44) and Porter Isaacs. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Oceanside's Trevor Reed, right, and Mount Desert Island's Eli Parady, with ball, among others. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Oceanside's Trevor Reed, right, and Mount Desert Island's Eli Parady, among others. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Oceanside's Trevor Reed, right, and Cooper Wirkala, left, along with Mount Desert Island's Eli Parady (50), among others. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Oceanside's Cooper Wirkala, right, and Mount Desert Island's Charlie Parker. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
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