Belfast notches first hoop wins against rival Mount ViewMustangs swept the Lions in court games about a week earlier
The Belfast basketball teams notched their first wins of the 2013-14 high school campaign on Friday night, Jan. 17 at different venues, and those victories came at the expense of Waldo County-rival Mount View of Thorndike — just nine days after the Mustangs had earned a clean court sweep of BAHS.
This time, the Lions turned the tables on the Mustangs — again in highly-competitive affairs.
On Friday, the host Belfast boys nipped Mount View 45-43, while in Thorndike the Belfast girls prevailed 41-38. Both contests were not decided until the final seconds, as is usually the case when the Lions and Mustangs meet.
On Jan. 9, the Mustangs swept the Lions 38-30 (girls) and 46-39 (boys).
The following is a recap of both Friday night Waldo County rival games:
The Lions connected on their foul shots down the stretch to hold off the hard-charging Mustangs.
The game was tight throughout, as Mount View led 14-13 after one quarter, while Belfast surged to a 29-25 advantage at halftime. The Lions also led 33-30 after three stanzas.
Keying the Lions were Spanish exchange student Eduardo DeSaPinto with 13 points; Zavier Roman, 12; Korey Doolan, eight; Garrett Hamlin, six; Zeke Ventura, five; and Asa Lewis, one. DeSaPinto netted seven free throws. BAHS made 17-of-27 foul shots (63 percent).
For Mount View, Nathan Wren tallied 11 points; Emmett Shell and Brody Gibbs; both nine; Mikey Hustus and Jack Simpson, both six; and Tyler Ripley, two. Shell tossed in six free throws. The Mustangs made 13-of-20 foul shots (65 percent).
Wren tossed in two 3-pointers and Gibbs, Shell, Doolan and Roman all one.
Mount View hit 8-of-8 free throws during the first three quarters, but only 5-of-12 (42 percent) in the pivotal fourth quarter. Belfast was 8-of-13 (62 percent) from the free-throw line in the final eight minutes.
In the Maine Principals' Association Heal Point Standings for Eastern Class B, Mount View (6-7, 10.8333 points) is 14th and Belfast (1-8, 6.4815 points) 15th. Oceanside (10-2, 62.9630 points) is first in the 19-team region. The top 13 teams qualify for the playoffs.
The Lions broke open a close, back-and-forth affair in the fourth quarter, as the visitors outscored Mount View 20-10 over the final eight minutes to cement the win.
The game was a tossup until the end. Mount View led 7-5 after the first quarter and 28-21 after three stanzas. Belfast led 13-11 at halftime and by six when it counted most — at the the final buzzer.
For Lions, Ashley Littlefield and Maddy Littlefield both netted nine points, as did their teammate Breann Cummings. Kaitlin Goslant added seven points; Anna Simmons, Rainey Knowlton and Brogan Leppanen, all two; and Sam Moores, one.
Maddy Littlefield tallied all nine of her points in the fourth quarter as the Lions made 9-of-14 foul shots (64 percent) down the stretch.
For Mount View, Courtney Morse tossed in 15 points; Brooke Tripp, Dinah Bilodeau and Ashlee Spaulding, all five; Jenni Nadeau, four; Morgan Clifford, three; and Halle Reynolds, one.
Belfast and Mount View struggled overall from the foul line, as the Lions made 16-of-32 (50 percent) and the Mustangs 13-of-38 (34 percent).
In the Maine Principals' Association Heal Point Standings for Eastern Class B, Belfast (1-9, 3.2407 points) and Mount View (3-10, 3.2407 points) are tied for 17th. Presque Isle (13-0, 68.0556 points) is first in the 19-team region. The top 13 teams qualify for the playoffs.
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Ken Waltz has been member of the media 30 years and has received hundreds of Maine Press Association and New England Press Association awards for his writing, photography and page design. He studied journalism at the University of Maine in Orono. He lives in South Thomaston with his wife, Sarah. The couple has an adult son, Brandon.
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