When the Mount View and Belfast boys basketball squads stepped onto the court Thursday night for their 2009-10 regular-season finale, the Mustangs and Lions were teams heading in different directions.

While Mount View players have visions of league, regional and state championships dancing in their heads, Belfast student-athletes were looking to finish a disappointing season on a strong, positive note.

And, as usual, when the Mustangs and Lions hook up, it never really matters where the two are positioned in the standings because the game is often intense, hard-fought and competitive.

That was the case for much of Thursday’s contest between the Waldo County rivals before the Mustangs’ talent took over in the end to lead the visitors to a 64-50 win.

Mount View capped one of its finest regular seasons ever with a strong 15-3 mark, which included losing a lopsided game to Camden Hills to start the campaign, before the Mustangs rebounded to win 15 of their next 17 games, including beating Camden Hills later in the season.

The Mustangs will probably finish second (125.3086 Heal Points) behind No. 1 Camden Hills (16-2, 140.4321 points) in Eastern Class B. Mount View will face Camden Hills in the Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Class B championship game on Saturday, Feb. 6 at 7 p.m. at Cony High School in Augusta.

After that league showdown, it will be off to the regional playoffs, where Mount View will play probably the prelim winner of No. 7 Winslow (12-4, 84.2593 points) and No. 10 Rockland (9-9, 66.9753 points) in a quarterfinal game the weekend of Feb. 12-13 at the Bangor Auditorium.

Mount View beat both Rockland (66-43) and Winslow (61-48 and 40-38) during regular-season games and split with Camden Hills (losing 66-42 and winning 49-47). The Mustangs also defeated Belfast 61-44 earlier in the campaign.

Belfast finished 1-17 (4.3210 points) and 17th among 19 teams in the region.

On Thursday, the Mustangs led 16-10, 27-20 and 43-30 at the quarter breaks.

Mount View was paced offensively by Mike Cochrane and Zach Babin both with 14 points; Tim Alton, 13 (including two 3-pointers); Jason Hughes, eight; Dylan Keller, six; Colby Blanchard, four; and Bobby Porter and Tyler Rednour, both two. The Mustangs netted 25-of-37 free throws (68 percent).

Babin had 11 points, Cochrane seven and Hughes six to key the Mustangs in the first half, while Alton heated up in the second half and scored all his points. Mount View made 19-of-26 foul shots (73 percent) over the final 16 minutes.

Belfast was keyed by Jack Davis with 13 points; Derrick Bernosky, nine; Josh Beal, eight; Brad Reed, seven; Eric Peterson, five; Eric Mitchell, four; and Adam Heroux and Matt Sanderson, both two. The Lions iced 7-of-15 foul shots (47 percent). Bernosky drilled two 3-pointers and Peters one.

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VillageSoup Regional Editor/Sports Director Ken Waltz can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail at kwaltz@villagesoup.com.