GSA boys edge Mattanawcook in OT to reach 4th straight regional title game

first_img Hospice volunteers help families navigate grief and find hope – September 12, 2020 Mike MandellMike Mandell is the sports editor at The Ellsworth American and Mount Desert Islander. He began working for The American in August 2016. You can reach him via email at mmandell@ellsworthamerican.com. Latest Posts MPA approves golf, XC, field hockey, soccer; football, volleyball moved to spring – September 10, 2020 Ellsworth runners compete in virtual Boston Marathon – September 16, 2020center_img Bio Latest posts by Mike Mandell (see all) BANGOR — For a moment, it appeared as if George Stevens Academy’s bid for a fourth consecutive Northern Maine title would end in the semifinals. Then, the Eagles’ defense took hold.In what’s been a rare scene at the Cross Insurance Center in recent years, the GSA boys’ basketball team trailed by seven points early in the fourth quarter of its Class C North semifinal game Friday against Mattanawcook Academy. There was time left, but with the Eagles in foul trouble, the team’s comeback chances were looking more dire by the minute.Yet GSA, as it has always seemed to do over the course of its four-year run, did enough in the end to pull out a victory. Allowing Mattanawcook to four points over an 11-minute span between fourth quarter and overtime, the Eagles came away with a 45-39 win to advance to another Northern Maine championship game.“You’ve got to win one ugly game in the tournament to win it, and that was an ugly game,” GSA head coach Dwayne Carter said. “We were stressed out a lot, and they put a lot of pressure us, but we came back.”This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textGSA’s got a spark early in the game from Caden Mattson, who drew a charge on the first offensive possession to nullify what would’ve been a Mattanawcook basket. The Lynx answered a Mattson and-one with a 3-pointer, but the junior from Blue Hill responded with a triple of his own to give the Eagles an 8-4 lead.The Eagles’ energy did translate into some early foul trouble, though, with leading scorer Andrew Szwez picking up his second with 3:06 left in the first quarter and Percy Zentz doing the same two minutes later. Second-ranked GSA (18-3) struggled from the floor offensively with the two forwards out of the game, but a strong defensive effort had the Eagles in front 19-18 at the break.“We were very resilient,” Mattson said of the team’s performance with Szwez and Zentz watching from the sidelines for much of the first half. “Our bench did great. I’m really proud of all those guys.”GSA players celebrate after the team’s win over Mattanawcook on Feb. 22 at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor. The third-ranked Eagles (18-3) will face No. 4 Houlton (17-4) for the Class C North title Saturday, Feb. 23. ELLSWORTH AMERICAN PHOTO BY MIKE MANDELLIn the second half, GSA got off to a solid start with a Dannenberg jump shot and a layup from Zentz to take a five-point lead. No. 2 Mattanawcook (16-4) then made the game a one-possession contest for much of the third quarter before scoring the final two baskets of the period and adding the first three points of the fourth to pull ahead 36-29.Yet that would be the last time the Lynx scored in the half as GSA provided the final seven points to force overtime. The Eagles took the lead a minute into the extra period on a floater from Szwez before Alex Brown, who provided versatility for Mattanawcook with his seven points, five rebounds, four points and four steals, had to exit with his fifth foul.GSA wouldn’t make another basket the rest of the way, but the Eagles still got plenty of scoring with five made free throws from Szwez and one from Isaac Wardwell. Mattanwcook’s only points of the overtime period came on a fortuitous 3-pointer that banked off the backboard.“I think our experience in the end really paid off,” Carter said. “We knew what do, and we took care of the ball. We just played strong.”Mattson led GSA with 11 points, and Zentz scored 10. Szwez added nine points and secured seven rebounds for the Eagles despite sitting out more than 10 minutes of the first half.“When I was going back in, I just wanted to put everything out there on the floor,” Szwez said. “As a team, we just kept playing our game and running our offense, and we got good looks.”This was the third game this year between GSA and Mattanawcook. After the two teams split the regular season series with the home teams winning tight battles both times, it was only fitting that an overtime period was necessary to decide the rubber match.“They have good athletes,” Carter said of Mattanawcook. “Matchup-wise and personnel-wise, we’re pretty even.”GSA will take on No. 4 Houlton (17-4), which defeated No. 8 Sumner (13-8) 60-34 in the second Class C North semifinal Friday afternoon, in the Northern Maine title game at 8:45 p.m. tomorrow, Feb. 23. The Eagles and Shiretowners met in the postseason a year ago with GSA earning a 55-43 win in the regional quarterfinals.With a win, GSA would advance to play in the state title game next at Saturday, March 2, against either Winthrop, the No. 1 seed in Class C South, or Hall-Dale, the No. 3 seed. GSA beat Winthrop 47-44 in the 2017 title game and beat Hall-Dale 64-59 last year to win the Class C crown for the third consecutive season.If the Eagles do return to the state title game for the fourth year in a row, it would be a sensational achievement for a group that lost Mr. Maine Basketball semifinalists Max Mattson and Taylor Schildroth from last year’s team along with another standout player, Stefan Simmons. Win or lose, Carter knows his team has already made a statement by proving it can compete at a championship level.“A lot of people didn’t think we’d be here, but we felt like we could do it and get back to that state game,” Carter said. “We’re getting there, and we have one more to go.”last_img read more

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Baseball narrowly avoids getting swept at home

first_imgBefore the inning came to a close, Stubbs was walked home to make the score 7-1. Pitchers senior Quentin Longrie and junior Chris Clarke each threw a scoreless frame to end the game, securing the win for the Trojans. The Trojan baseball team lost two of three games against Grand Canyon University at Dedeaux Field over the weekend. The weekend dropped the Trojans to 4-6 as they look ahead to a Tuesday matchup against Loyola Marymount. The first pitch is at 3 p.m. Afterward, USC will face a gauntlet of games over the weekend against Oklahoma State, No. 16 Michigan and No. 2 UCLA. “The guys [have] just got to keep rolling with some confidence — go up there and just compete, compete, compete,” head coach Dan Hubbs said. “We need good outings from our pitching, we don’t hurt ourselves and if we do those things, we will be able to win the games 2-1 and 3-2 until we get things rolling offensively.” Outfielders junior Matthew Acosta and sophomore Jamal O’Guinn would chip away at the deficit in the fifth inning with a pair of RBIs that cut GCU’s lead to 4. The second game of the series was rained out on Saturday, which meant a doubleheader for the two teams the next day. With the win, the Trojans avoided a series sweep, hoping to establish some momentum and tighten things up defensively before a tough slate of games. Junior pitcher Austin Manning is the only member of the Trojan pitching staff to not allow a run this season. (Michelle Mankoff/Daily Trojan) In the second game of the day, the Trojans scored early with a sacrifice fly by O’Guinn that pushed junior outfielder Blake Sabol across home to give USC its first lead of the series. After GCU walked Stubbs to load the bases again, Acosta pushed 2 runs across by hitting a looper into right field. Sabol and Thomas both scored, bringing the game to 6-1. In the sixth inning, USC took back the lead with a RBI single from senior infielder Chase Bushor. A run on a walk by Sabol put the Trojans ahead by 2 runs by the end of the inning.center_img Grand Canyon would tie things up in the fourth with a solo home run over right center from redshirt sophomore first baseman Cuba Bess. Unfortunately for the Antelopes, their offensive success ended there. USC trailed early after giving up 7 runs in the first three innings to start the day. In the fourth inning, freshman infielder Emilio Rosas put the Trojans on the board with a single that split the gap over right center field. GCU sophomore pitcher Zach Barnes responded with a great stretch, retiring nine consecutive batters to set up sophomore pitcher Coen Wynne with a 4-run lead. Wynne pitched a scoreless ninth to close the game for the Antelopes 7-3. USC’s struggles began on Friday in a 4-2 defeat against a GCU team looking to bounce back after three consecutive losses. The game was a defensive stalemate, as both teams went scoreless after five innings, but GCU finally broke the game open at the top of the sixth with a 4-run inning. The two teams entered the eighth inning with the Trojans up 3-1, and USC’s offense put the game away by surging for 4 runs. With two outs left in the bottom of the seventh inning, sophomore infielder Ben Ramirez started the Trojans’ scoring with a ground ball single up the middle that put redshirt junior catcher CJ Stubbs on third. The rally continued when junior infielder John Thomas floated a ball over center field that cut the deficit to 2 runs, but the Trojans’ bats cooled down for the rest of the game. With the bases loaded, a wild pitch by GCU senior pitcher Nick Ohanian allowed Bushor to take home and expand the Trojans’ lead to 3. “Hitting is contagious, and obviously getting guys on base was the biggest thing no matter what it was — with the walk, hit by pitch or even the hit,” Acosta said. “Hitting is contagious, getting on base is contagious and I’m just happy that we did it all with two outs, and just keeping it going was the biggest thing.” Acosta led the Trojans with 3 RBIs on the day, going 3-for-7 with two doubles and a run. Junior pitcher Connor Lunn picked up the win in relief with three scoreless innings in which he gave up one hit, walked one and struck out two.last_img read more

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Messi: Sacrifice Took Me to the Top

first_imgArgentina and Barcelona forward, Lionel Messi, Tuesday attributed his stunning achievements to hard work and sacrifice as his La Liga side prepare for the first game of their Asian tour in Thailand.The Spanish champions have returned to Asia three years after their last tour of the continent – home to a huge fan base and prime marketing territory.After facing Thailand’s national side today, Barca will travel to Kuala Lumpur to play a Malaysia XI on August 10 before returning to Europe.Quizzed on the secret of his success at a UNICEF event in Bangkok, the Argentine four-time World Player of the Year said dedication was the only route to the top.“You have to fight to reach your dream. You have to sacrifice and work hard for it,” he said.“Training is very important. Now we have no competition we are training a lot. When the season starts we have to play matches so we will train only one or two hours a day.” The diminutive 26-year-old has enjoyed a remarkable career in a Barca team widely considered one of the finest sides of all time.Speaking at the event with the club’s partner charity UNICEF, Messi advised members of Thailand’s Special Olympics “unified” football team – players with and without intellectual disabilities – to lap up the experience when they travel to Brazil next year for the Global Unified Cup.“The most important thing is to enjoy the experience,” said Messi, who will be hoping to fire Argentina to glory at the 2014 World Cup, also next year in Brazil.“The chance to travel to a new place, meet new people… whether you win or lose is not the important part.”last_img read more

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