Big second half comeback leads MDI to overtime victory over Old Town
January 16, 2013By Ryan Kimball of RK Sports Productions
Old Town - Junior guard Jonathan Phelps scored 11 of his game high 17 points in the second half to lead the Mount Desert Island Trojans to a huge overtime victory over the Old Town Coyotes 55-54 at Old Town High School on Tuesday night.
Old Town came out firing in the first quarter. The Coyotes made six 3-pointers in the quarter and senior forward Garrett Libby scored nine points. Old Town made almost every shot to help them to a 24-18 lead after one.
“Give them credit for shooting the lights out in the first quarter,” said MDI boys basketball coach Justin Norwood.
Nothing changed in the second quarter. The Coyotes forced several turnovers and scored most of their points in transition making it difficult for MDI to stay in the game. Old Town outscored the Trojans 15-6 in the quarter and had a 15 point lead going into halftime.
Norwood said “I think Old Town did a really job of speeding us up in the second quarter.”
The Coyotes led 39-24 at the half.
MDI came out strong and played great defense in the second half limiting Old Town on the scoreboard. Phelps scored seven big points in the third quarter to help the Trojans get back into the game. MDI outscored the Coyotes 13-0 in the quarter cutting their deficit to two entering the final quarter.
Norwood said “I think we did a really good job in the second half of settling down and taking what we wanted to take.” Norwood continued “We executed what we wanted to do in the second half.”
Old Town led 39-37 at the end of the third quarter.
The Trojans tied the game at 39-39 in the beginning of the fourth completing the comeback. Old Town played much better in the quarter, but could not stretch their to more than a couple of points.
With 25 seconds left in regulation the game was tied at 47-47, Libby stepped to the free throw line for two shots. He missed both free throws and gave MDI a chance to win the game, but they could not convert in their final possession.
The overtime period was even throughout. Senior forward Ben Walls scored seven of his nine points in overtime to help the MDI Trojans complete the shocking come from behind victory. Walls went 3-3 from the free throw line down the stretch to put away the Coyotes.
“He has ice in his veins. He could have kicked those in,” said Norwood about Walls making his final three free throws.
Eight players scored for MDI. Senior forward Adam Gray contributed with 12 points, Colin Mooers had seven, Abe Philbrook added four, Chris Kaiser finished with three, Andrew Davis scored two points and Chris Clemens chipped in with one point.
“If he plays well it opens everything up for everyone else,” said Norwood when talking about Adam Gray’s play.
Nine players scored for Old Town. Libby led the Coyotes with a game high 20 points. Junior guard Garvey Melmed had 10, Eddie Gonnella and Cam Archer each added seven, Brian Dunn with three, Rodrigo Zertuche, Brandon Emerson and Zach Bartlett each scored two points and Adam Richardson chipped in with one point.
The Trojans shot 75 percent (12-16) from the free throw line. The Coyotes shot 63 percent (12-19) from the charity stripe.
Norwood said “We really emphasize paint touches.” Norwood added “Whether it be a pass to the post or Jon Phelps driving.”
MDI improved to 8-2 and jumped to third place in the class “B” eastern Maine healpoint standings. The Trojans will host Ellsworth on Saturday January 19th. Old Town fell to 8-4 and will play Foxcroft at home on Thursday January 17th.
Audio interview with MDI boys basketball coach Justin Norwood to follow.