To say Belfast and Mount View often produce excitement when they square off in the athletic arena might be an understatement as the Waldo County rivals showcased a new example of that Thursday night — two days before Christmas.

And, as the timing would have it, Eric Mitchell’s late-game heroics gift-wrapped the Lions’ first victory of 2010-11 as the senior made a dramatic 3-point basket at the final buzzer to give the visitors a 54-53 win over the host Mustangs.

The game between the rivals was close throughout, with Belfast leading 13-12 and 29-25 at the first two quarter breaks and Mount View gaining a 40-35 advantage after three stanzas. Belfast outscored the Mustangs 18-13 over the final eight minutes to record the win.

Both teams sit at 1-4 on the young season. In the Maine Principals’ Association Heal Point Standings for Eastern Class B, Mount View (2.1605 points) is 11th and Belfast (1.0802 points) 15th in the 19-team region.

On Thursday, Brad Reed tossed in 16 points to pace the Lions, while Jamie Jackson added 12; Dylan Webster, 10; Mitchell, seven; Ben Knowlton and Tyler Prescott, both three; Lewis Dyer, two; and Adam Heroux, one. BAHS made three 3-pointers and 15-of-27 three throws (56 percent).

In the pivotal fourth quarter, Reed tallied nine points and Mitchell five, including his dramatic trey. The Lions netted 9-of-12 foul shots (75 percent) in the final stanza. Reed also had seven points in the second quarter, while Jackson and Webster were consistent offensively throughout the game.

For Mount View, Erick Nealley netted 15 points; Bobby Porter, 11; Colby Blanchard, seven; Zach Mehuren and Chris Montminy, both six; Taylor Reynolds, five; and Justin Hodgeman, three. The Mustangs made three 3-pointers, including two from Nealley, and 14-of-27 foul shots (52 percent).

Nealley proved consistent in scoring throughout the contest. Montiminy had six points and Blanchard five in the fourth quarter to give the Mustangs a chance to pull out the win.

Lions fall to Warriors

On Tuesday, host Belfast lost to Nokomis of Newport 52-35, as the Warriors led 11-10, 26-19 and 43-28 at the quarter breaks.

For the Lions, Reed tossed in 12 points; Heroux, nine; Dyer, six; Mitchell, five; and Webster, three.

For Nokomis, Chris Braley poured in 27 points and Ethan Pearl 11.

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