All season, home truly proved sweet for the Mount View boys basketball team. Until Friday night, that is, as visiting Waterville spoiled the Mustangs’ perfect start to the 2009-10 campaign in their new gymnasium.

In a thrilling Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Class B game, the Purple Panthers (3-9) took out Mount View (9-3) as the final buzzer sounded in Friday’s battle in Thorndike.

It was a huge upset for Waterville, which is ranked 15th (16.2037 points) among 19 teams in the most recent Maine Principals’ Association Heal Point Standings for Eastern Class B. Mount View (45.9259 points) is fifth and Camden Hills (13-0, 77.2531 points) sits atop the region.

On Friday night, Cameron Mitchell was the hero for Waterville. With the score tied 46-46, and seconds remaining on the clock, Mitchell scored the game-winning hoop at the buzzer to give the Purple Panthers a 48-46 victory.

The ball literally was in the air when the horn sounded and, when it went through the net, the home-standing Mustangs realized they had been handed a tough-to-swallow defeat.

Although they ultimately fell short in the end, the Mustangs held leads at the first three quarter breaks, including 17-13, 27-23 and 30-37.

Jason Hughes paced the Mustangs with 15 points, followed by Dylan Keller with 10; Tim Alton and Mike Cochrane, both six; Colby Blanchard, four; Bobby Porter and Tyler Rednour, two; and Eric Nealley, one.

For Waterville, Josh Gormley and Mitchell both had 13 points, followed by Nick Lee with 12; Brandon Bailey, five; Max Brown and Michael Bailey, both two; and Aaron Hunter, one.

Mount View netted 8-of-11 free throws (72 percent) and Waterville made 2-of-8 (25 percent).

The final quarter was, to say the least, intense. Mount View started with a lead but Waterville battled back. The final three minutes saw a 41-38 Mustang advantage turn into a 46-46 tie before the Purple Panthers stunned the hosts.

With 1:30 remaining, Lee tallied two points to bring Waterville within one point at 43-42. Then, with about 45 seconds left, Mitchell drilled a 3-pointer to give Waterville a 45-43 lead. The Panthers netted a free throw to pull ahead 46-43 and the rally seemed complete.

But Mount View had other plans. Having seen their advantage evaporate before their eyes, the Mustangs were eager to get back in the game and, with 30 seconds left, Keller connected on a 3-pointer to knot the game 46-46. At that point it appeared the contest was headed to overtime.

However, the unexpected happened and, with virtually no time left, Mitchell scored his decisive basket to give the visitors a stunning victory.

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Village NetMedia Sports Reporter Frederick Freudenberger can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail at fritz@villagesoup.com.