The Mount View boys basketball squad continues to play impressive ball and secure Heal Point-worthy victories. The latest was Tuesday night’s two-point victory over Maranacook of Readfield.

In other Waldo County high school hoops Tuesday, the Belfast boys and Mount View and Belfast girls all came up short in their court games.

Boys

Mount View 55, Maranacook 53 … At Readfield, even though the Mustangs led the entire game, ultimately, the victory proved narrow. At the quarter breaks, the Mustangs led 18-17, 32-30 and 45-38.

“We played very, very smart basketball,” said Mount View Coach Steve Caron. “I felt as though we outplayed them at every level.”

The ‘Stangs were led by Jason Hughes with 14 points, followed by Mike Cochrane with 11; Colby Blanchard and Dylan Keller, each eight; Bobby Porter and Zach Babin, both five; and Tim Alton, four.

“Jason Hughes had an absolutely monstrous game,” Caron said. The coach added that Hughes also kept Ben Johnson, at 6 feet 2 inches, under control. “Ben got some points, but Jason did just a phenomenal job,” Caron said.

Sam Poulin took charge for Maranacook with 13 points, followed by Seth Miller and Johnson both with 12; Jack Kennedy, nine; Eben Ballard, three; David Clough, two; and Harry Lanphear and Ryan Fellows, one.

“We were very patient,” Caron said. “[It is] something we haven’t done a good job of up until just recently and we were real patient. Moved the ball around, got the ball inside and continued to attack the basket from a different angle.”

While the game was close the entire 32 minutes, the contest grew closer in the fourth quarter. With around three minutes left, Mount View led by nine points. Coach Caron said the Mustangs did their best to keep that advantage but it got much more difficult.

Maranacook hit a few 3-pointers and Mount View struggled from the foul line. Those two factors made holding the edge more difficult, he said.

With Mount View leading by two points and the clock ticking down, Maranacook secured a rebound off a missed Mustang foul shot. With 3.2 seconds left Kennedy brought the ball just beyond midcourt and took a 3-point shot that would have won the game for Maranacook. The shot missed. “So it was literally right down to the wire,” Caron said of the game.

Mount View was 10-of-18 (56 percent) on the free-throw line and Maranacook 7-of-11 (64 percent).

The win was important for Mount View, which is 9-2 and third (42.685 Heal Points) in Eastern Class B, Camden Hills (12-0, 69.6914 points) is first in the 19-team region. Maranacook is 8-3 (29.7222 points) and fifth in Western Class B. Mountain Valley of Rumford (11-0, 51.6975 points) is first in the region.

Winslow 48, Belfast 44 … At Belfast, the Lions came up four points shy of victory over visiting Winslow despite a strong second half. The Black Raiders (6-4) led 14-8, 29-16 and 33-27 at the breaks.

For the Lions, Jack Davis led with 12 points, followed by Brad Reed with 11; Derrick Bernosky and Adam Heroux, both six; Josh Beal, three; and Eric Mitchell, Dylan Webster, and Dustin Howes, two each.

Mike McCann led Winslow with 18 points, followed by Jake Wheeler and Jimmy Riordan with six; Justin Murray and Kody Price, five; Nick Raymond, three; and Mackenzie Michaud and Jack Nivison, two; and Jesse Audet, one.

In the third quarter the Lions only allowed four points and tallied 11 to close the gap from 13 to six points. The hosts then scored 17 points in the fourth quarter, which could have given them their first win of the season. However, Winslow, determined to make up for its third-quarter deficit, came back with 15 points — just enough to win the game.

Belfast was 6-of-8 (75 percent) on free throws and Winslow 21-of-35 (60 percent).

The Lions (0-10, no points) are 19th (last) in Eastern Class B.

Girls

Maranacook 42, Mount View 33 … At Thorndike, Mount View hosted the Black Bears (5-6) and came out on the short end. Hayleigh Kein led the ‘Stangs with 13 points, followed by Chrissy Larrabee with 10; Cheyenne Dyer, five; Anna Piotti, three; and Channing Murphy, two.

For Maranacook, Hannah Clough tallied 14 points, followed by Hannah Cumler and Katie Dore with 10; and Hannah Caswell, eight.

The Mustangs made 2-of-8 (25 percent) from the free-throw line and Maranacook 8-of-15 (53 percent).

The Mustangs (5-6, 18.3642 points) are 10th in Eastern Class B. Presque Isle (10-0, 47.5309 points) is first in the 19-team region.

Winslow 53, Belfast 25 … Additional results were unavailable. The Lions (1-9, 0.5556 of a point) is 18th in Eastern Class B. Presque Isle (10-0, 47.5309 points) is first in the region.

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