After winning only five games a year ago, the Mount View boys basketball squad turned things around in dramatic fashion for the 2009-10 season, including securing 15 regular-season victories, playing for a Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Class B championship and earning the third spot for the Eastern Class B tournament in Bangor.

Well, the Mustangs obviously were not content with all those credentials and added another distinction to this year’s impressive court resume, namely being a regional quarterfinal playoff winner.

No. 3 Mount View (16-4 overall) accomplished that with Friday night’s 46-38 win over No. 6 Old Town (12-7) at the Bangor Auditorium.

The win pushes the Mustangs into the Eastern Class B semifinals, where Mount View will face No. 2 Ellsworth (16-3), which defeated No. 10 Rockland (10-10) 66-65 in overtime in the second quarterfinal game Friday night in Bangor.

The Mustangs and Eagles will clash in the semifinals on Wednesday, Feb. 17 at 2:05 p.m. at the Bangor Auditiorium.

The Mustangs and Old Town did not play one another during the regular season. Mount View also does not play Ellsworth during the regular season, but defeated Rockland in a KVAC Class B game 66-43 Jan. 19.

On Friday, Mount View grabbed the momentum early and never relinquished it. The Mustangs jumped to a 15-4 first-quarter lead before Old Town clawed back within 25-21 at halftime and 29-27 after three quarters. However, Mount View outscored the Coyotes 17-11 over the final eight minutes to seal the first-round playoff win.

For the Mustangs, Mike Cochrane tossed in 21 points; Jason Hughes, seven; Zach Babin, six; Colby Blanchard, five; Tim Alton, three; and Dylan Keller and Erick Nealley, both two. Mount View made 10-of-26 free throws (38 percent).

For Old Town, Luke Bartlett scored 17 points; Josh Boucher and Bronson Merry, both nine; Zak Kochis, two; and Kyle Abbott, one. The Coyotes netted 12-of-16 free throws (75 percent).

The Mustangs got off to a hot start in the first quarter, using that momentum to help them hold the Coyotes at bay throughout the remainder of the contest.

Keller knocked down a baseline jumper to start the first quarter, followed by Keller finding a wide open Babin for an alley-oop layup to help the ‘Stangs to a quick 4-0 edge. After Merry cut the lead in half with a close-range hoop, Mount View came up with a steal and Alton got ahead of the pack and scored to put the home team ahead 6-2.

Bartlett knocked down a jumper from the baseline to again cut the Old Town deficit to 6-4, but Mount View clamped down on the defensive pressure and held the Coyotes scoreless throughout the remainder of the quarter. Cochrane knocked down a jumper with just under two minutes remaining, followed by close-range hoop from Babin. Cochrane netted a free throw followed by Babin with two more and a Alton scored on the low block as the quarter wound to a close.

Sitting on a lead in the second half, the Mustangs were content to be patient with Old Town’s zone defense and worked plenty of minutes off the clock in the final 16 minutes.

Despite that, Mount View coach Steve Caron still believed his team could have worked to force Old Town’s hand a bit more.

“We played well,” said Caron. “I thought we could have been a little more patient against the zone, which typically we don’t like seeing, but we do see because most teams do not match up well with us. We’re very fast, we’re very quick and we finish well and when that happens, teams have a hard time keeping us away from the basket.”

Caron added his team prefers to face a man-to-man defense while zone defense tend to slow the game down a bit. But they proved to be able to make the necessary adjustments to move on in the Eastern Class B playoffs.

The Mustangs were 11-of-16 from the foul line in the final eight minutes — including two foul shots from Blanchard with six seconds remaining — to help them fend off the Coyotes.

For the game, many of the Mustangs sported new, interesting hairdos, with much of their hair spiked down the middle.

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