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Walls, Kaiser and Phelps lead MDI over Hermon

February 7, 2013
By Ryan Kimball of RK Sports Productions

Hermon - Senior forward Ben Walls scored 12 of his game high 16 points in the second half to lead the MDI Trojans over the Hermon Hawks 58-49 at Hermon High School on Wednesday night.

“He’s really unselfish and makes a lot of plays for other guys. I think that is one of the reasons why we are 14-3 at the moment,” said MDI boys basketball coach Justin Norwood about Walls performance.

The first quarter was a track meet with both teams scoring at will. Junior guard Jonathan Phelps scored seven points in the quarter to lead all scorers. MDI led 15-14 after one quarter.

Norwood said “In the first quarter he showed the type of player he can be.”

In the second quarter, both teams continued to play well. Hermon and MDI each had five players contribute in the scoring effort. Senior forward Chris Kaiser scored eight points in the quarter. The Trojans led 31-29.

Norwood talked about Chris Kaiser’s presence “He came in and played a huge role tonight.”

The second half was no different. Each team scored 11 points in the third quarter. MDI led 42-40 after three quarters of play.  

MDI came out on fire in the fourth quarter. The Trojans iced the game from the free throw line going 7-7 down the stretch to pull away for the win.

“We have good shooters from the free throw line. Ben, Jon, Adam, Keegan and Abe all those guys can stroke it,” said Norwood.      
Three players scored in double figures for the Trojans. Kaiser had 14, Phelps added 12, Senior center Adam Gray with six, junior guard Abe Philbrook contributed with five, senior guard Keegan Mckim finished with three and senior forward Issac Wallace chipped in with two points.

Junior guard Jacob Rioux led the Hawks with 12 points. Junior point guard Tyler Thayer had 11, seniors forwards Fritz Marseille and Joey Martin each scored 10 points and Chris Allen, T.J. Verrill and Tyler Beaton each chipped in with two points.

MDI shot 88 percent (8-9) from the free throw line. Hermon shot 50 percent (4-8) from the charity stripe.

The Trojans jumped from fourth to second place in the heal point standings. MDI will travel to Ellsworth in their season finale on Friday February 8th.

Norwood said “We have a very next man up mentality with the kids.” Norwood continued “If one does not play well the next guy is ready to come in regardless if he played a minute last game.”

The Hawks remain in 11th place, but need to win to secure a playoff spot. Hermon will play John Bapst at the Bangor Auditorium on Thursday in their last game of the regular season.

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