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first_imgBLUE HILL — As his players and assistant coaches gathered at halftime, Dwayne Carter saw a chance for his team to put its regular season opener out of reach.No, Carter’s George Stevens Academy boys’ basketball team hadn’t been the definition of consistent during the first half of Saturday’s game against Lee Academy, which had limited the Eagles to just six points in the second quarter. Still, the GSA head coach knew his team could make a Lee comeback difficult with a big second-half run, and he had an ideal time frame in mind.“I told them, ‘The first three minutes, we’re going all out,’” Carter said. “We still had a lot of energy, and that’s what I wanted them to do.”When the second half began, the Eagles gave their head coach exactly what he wanted; in just 3 minutes, 10 seconds, GSA scored 18 points to turn a surmountable lead into a commanding one en route to a 69-42 victory in Blue Hill.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textGSA (1-0) took an early lead through Milos Sujica, whose two 3-pointers highlighted a strong offensive stretch for the home team early in the game. The Eagles then rode that momentum to a 24-point first quarter and took a nine-point lead into the second.GSA’s Milos Sujica spots up to shoot against Lee Academy’s Willie Hsu during the first half of a high school boys’ basketball game Dec. 7 in Blue Hill. Sujica, an exchange student from Serbia, gave the Eagles an early lead with a pair of 3-pointers. He finished the game with 14 points. ELLSWORTH AMERICAN PHOTO BY MIKE MANDELLGSA’s defense held Lee Academy to seven points in the second quarter, but the Eagles failed to pull away as Sujica and Gadsby began dealing with foul trouble. With those two on the bench, the visiting Pandas stayed within striking distance and trailed just 30-22 as the two teams left the floor for halftime.“In the second quarter, we just didn’t execute very well, and with a young team, we’re going to have those ups and downs a little bit,” Carter said. “We missed a lot of the shots we took inside because we were too low under the basket, and that’s a sign for us that we have to work on positioning better.”Yet with GSA’s full starting lineup returning to the floor in the second half, the Eagles extended the lead to 20 points in the blink of an eye amidst their three-minute offensive onslaught. With Gadsby, Mattson, Sujica, Michael Moon and Teague Smallidge contributing on offense, the Eagles scored one basket after another while keeping the Lee Academy offense in check en route to a season-opening win.Mattson finished with 21 points for the Eagles, and Sujica (14 points), Gadbsy (11 points) and Moon (10) joined him in double figures. Teague Smallidge (seven points), Austin Snow (three points) and Dexter Brown (two) rounded out the rest of the scoring.“I would say we scored pretty evenly,” Mattson said. “We spread the ball around, and everyone was able to step up and do something when we needed it.”Although Mattson led the team in scoring, Sujica, a 6-foot-3 exchange student from Serbia, had his share of moments in the spotlight. Between his early 3-pointers, full-court passes and overall tenacity on both ends of the floor, Sujica provided plenty for a GSA team Carter says is looking to find a “new identity” after graduating three key seniors and losing forward Andrew Szwez, who transferred to Bangor.“He’s very smart and really sees the game,” Carter said. “Even though he’s just joining us, it seems like he’s played with us for a long time. He brings a new dimension, which we really needed.”GSA’s Caden Mattson passes to teammate Michael Moon during the first half of a high school boys’ basketball game against Lee Academy on Dec. 7 in Blue Hill. Mattson had a game-high 21 points in the win. ELLSWORTH AMERICAN PHOTO BY MIKE MANDELLPlaying in front of a packed gymnasium in Blue Hill was a new experience for Sujica, whose last name is pronounced “Shoe-YEET-za.” Although he had appeared for GSA in preseason action, a loud, white-out crowd set the stage for an atmosphere that wowed the senior in his first regular season game.“It was so much fun,” Sujica said. “The crowd was great; I’ve never experienced anything like that before. I’m excited to get to play more games.”In addition to praising Sujica and Mattson, Carter was also pleased with Gadsby, who made his first career start for the Eagles. After sitting out the entire second quarter, Gadsby came out refreshed in the second half as he highlighted GSA’s three-minute run with a string of four consecutive baskets.GSA’s struggles were primarily limited to the second quarter as the early foul calls against Gadsby and Sujica resulted in both players sitting out the final minutes of the half. Yet that stretch of did provide a silver lining for the Eagles, who got to see some of their inexperienced bench players play meaningful minutes in a game situation.“We’re trying to develop our bench because they’re young and have never played varsity,” Carter said. “It was a good experience for them, but with Gadsby and Milos out, we were down two big scorers. … That’s probably why we didn’t score so much in the second quarter.”Yet even with one of their youngest squads in years, the expectations of hardware and playoff glory haven’t changed at GSA, which has now gone 83-6 since the start of the 2015-16 season. The Eagles will get a chance to add another tally to that win total when they play on the road against Deer Isle-Stonington (0-0) at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 10.“It’s always our goal to compete for a championship and to go as far as we can,” Mattson said. “Hopefully, we can come home with some gold.” MPA approves golf, XC, field hockey, soccer; football, volleyball moved to spring – September 10, 2020 Ellsworth runners compete in virtual Boston Marathon – September 16, 2020 Latest posts by Mike Mandell (see all) Hospice volunteers help families navigate grief and find hope – September 12, 2020center_img Bio 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 [email protected] Latest Postslast_img read more

first_imgLONDON: Former Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes stated the Barcelona team under Pep Guardiola was the best side he came up against during the course of his illustrious career.Scholes, often regarded as one of the finest playmakers in the history of the game, conceded that Barcelona had assembled an ‘unreal’ team when Manchester United came up against them in the first decade of this century. Scholes also recalled the time when Manchester United were defeated by Barcelona in two UEFA Champions League finals in a span of three years. In 2009, Barcelona blanked Manchester United 2-0 in Rome while they thumped the Red Devils 3-1 in London in 2011. Scholes admitted that United would have won more UCL titles in a different era. “We were quite unlucky really. In any other era we might have won four, five, or six European Cups,” Scholes told the A Goal In One Podcast as per Daily Mail. “But the teams that were about — you look at Guardiola’s Barcelona team. Jesus, how good were they?! “You could go right through the team. In midfield, you had Andres Iniesta, Xavi, Sergio Busquets and Lionel Messi. Henry on the left. Centre halves of Gerard Pique and Carlos Puyol. Just unreal. “They’re without doubt the best team I’ve played against. They’re one of the best teams that has ever been.” IANS Also Read: NHL players on board with daily COVID-19 testing if season resumeslast_img read more