The Ellsworth Eagles Boys Basketball Team shot 53% from the field and hit 9 3-pointers in a 66-60 victory over the Orono Red Riots in Ellsworth on Saturday, December 30th, but the game wasn't decided until the final minutes.

Ellsworth led 20-16 at the end of the 1st Quarter as Bradly Smith and Zach Harris each had 2 3-pointers for 6 points each. Dylan Taplin, Javon Williams, Connor Crawford and Jackson Curtis each had 2 points. For Orono, Sam Martin and Connor Roberston had 6 points each and Jonny Spencer and Evan Kenefic added 2 points each.

In the 2nd Quarter Orono outscored Ellsworth 16-15 to cut Ellsworth's lead to 3 points at the end of the 1st Half 35-32. In the 2nd Quarter Robertson had 10 points with 2 3-pointers for Orono and Martin added 4 points with Zack Dill chipping in 2 points. For Ellsworth Curtis had 8 points with 2 3-pointers, Jared Hamilton added 4 points and Harris hit his 3rd 3-pointer of the night.

Orono outscored Ellsworth again in the 3rd Quarter 14-8 to take a 46-43 lead. Robertson had 8 points for Orono, and Martin, Jonathan Steelman and Kenefic had 2 points each.  For Ellsworth Smith hit his 3rd 3-pointer, and Hamilton and Williams added 2 points each with Harris going 1-2 from the free throw line.

In the 4th Quarter, the Eagles were finally able to shut down Robertson, holding him scoreless. Curtis had 7 points with his 3rd 3-pointer for Ellsworth. Harris had 6 points going 4-4 from the free throw line. Taplin and Hamilton had 4 points each and Smith chipped in 2 points for the Eagles. For Orono Martin and Spencer had 4 points each while Steelman and Kenefic each had a 3-pointer.

Ellsworth had 4 players in double figures, Jackson Curtis with 17 points, Zach Harris with 16 points, Bradly Smith with 11 points and Jared Hamilton with 10 points. The Eagles were 7-9 from the free throw line.

Orono was led by Connor Robertson with a game high 24 points. Sam Martin had 16 points. The Red Riots were 4-7 from the free throw line.

Ellsworth now 4-3 will play Washington Academy in Ellsworth on Thursday, January 4th with the pregame starting at 6:15 and tipoff at 6:30 on AM 1370 WDEA, WDEA Internet Radio, on our free downloadable APP and on any Alexa enabled device.

Orono 2-2 plays at Hermon on Wednesday, January 3rd at 7 PM.

Line Score

Orono Boys1616141460
Ellsworth Boys201582366


Box Score


0Sam Martin188001316
10Nate DeSisto10000000
12Jonathan Steelman12110235
14Jonny Spencer12202226
20Evan Kenefic13210007
22Chance Walton10000000
24Jayden Dana10000000
30Connor Robertson1108222124
34Ryan Shorette10000000
44Jason Desisto10000000
50Zack Dill11100012


3Devin Grindle10000000
4Bradly Smith141300311
5Dylan Taplin13300006
10Zach Harris141356016
11Austin Harris10000000
12Sam Giffin10000000
15Andrew McCullough10000000
20Darby Barry10000010
21Jared Hamilton155001210
22Javon Williams12200034
23Connor Crawford11100002
32Jackson Curtis163322017
33Damian Carter10000000

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