High school basketball games are four eight-minute quarters, but Wednesday night’s game between visiting Rockland and Mount View certainly was a tale of two distinct 16-minute halves.

And when the final horn sounded, it was the host Mustangs who had cemented a 62-54 victory between two squads looking for valuable end-of-the-season victories.

While Rockland mostly controlled the tempo in the first half, Mount View came out of the lockerroom following halftime ready to play and the Mustangs used increased energy, defensive intensity and improved board work to erase an earlier deficit.

In the makeup game from Tuesday’s regularly scheduled affair, postponed due to inclement weather, Rockland led 22-17 after a fast-paced opening quarter and 36-28 at halftime. However, the Tigers scored only 18 points the rest of the way, including being outscored 21-5 in the third quarter. Mount View led 49-41 after three stanzas.

In fact, things looked rosey for the Tigers when they took a 5-0 lead to start the game and led 22-17 after the first eight minutes when Isaiah Stone-Patterson hit the fourth of his four first-quarter 3-pointers in the final seconds to give the visitors a 22-17 first-quarter advantage.

Rockland continued with steady play in the second quarter and outscored the Mustangs 14-11 to hold an eight-point cushion at halftime.

However, the hosts came out after halftime with greater intensity and purpose all over the court and used devastating 18-2 run to start the third quarter to effectively grab the momentum — and eventually the victory.

Keying the Mustangs, who are trying to make a late-season playoff push, was Bobby Porter with 21 points; Taylor Reynolds, 15; Erick Nealley and Colby Blanchard, both eight; Zach Mehuren, four; and Chris Montminy and Craig Nealley, both three. Mount View made two 3-pointers and 12-of-23 free throws (52 percent).

Porter was the catalyst early for the hosts with eight points in the first quarter and 13 overall in the first half. The Mustangs used more balanced scoring in the second half.

For the young Tigers, who start three freshmen, a sophomore and a senior, Ryan Ecker poured in 19 points; Stone-Patterson, 15; Dave Harrison and Derek Miller, both four; Ben Staples, three; and Sam Meklin, Hunter Grindle and Bronson Philbrick, all two. Rockland made five 3-pointers, including four from Stone-Patterson in the opening quarter, and 10-of-18 free throws (56 percent).

Mount View coach Steve Caron said the Tigers shot well out of the gate. In fact, Stone-Patterson’s four 3-pointers “put us on our heels for the first half,” he said, adding, “We struggled to put the ball in the hole in the first half and that was right around the basket. It wasn’t like we were taking outside shots.”

Caron said his squad has “been in every game,” but has had trouble finishing opponents off. “We are playing better basketball. We continue to limit our turnovers. We had 13 turnovers.”

Caron said improved defense in the second half was the key to Wednesday’s win over Rockland. He said Mehuren defended Stone-Patterson in the second half, holding the talented youngster scoreless. “[Stone-Patterson] is a great little freshman. [He] shoots real well from the outside, but he is small so I put one of my bigger, quicker guys on him and it caused him some problems.”

The coach said the Mustangs still have the opportunity to qualify for the playoffs. “We are not out of it and we are literally getting better every day,” he said. “Just limiting our mistakes I think is the key for us.”

In the most recent Maine Principals’ Association Heal Point Standings for Eastern Class B, Mount View (4-9, 12.9630 points) was 12th and Rockland (3-10, 7.5617 points) 17th. Camden Hills (13-0, 84.2593 points) was first in the 19-team region. The top 10 teams qualify for the playoffs. Hermon (5-7, 28.5494 points) holds the final postseason spot at this point, with the Mustangs 15.5864 points behind.

Jayvee game

In the jayvee game, Mount View won 61-51, after leading 12-9, 27-17 and 41-37 at the quarter breaks.

Keying the Mustangs were Craig Nealley and Aaron Elkins both with 14 points; Kyle Turner, 12; Chris Akers, eight; Cody Downer and Andrew Gibbs, both four; and James Philbrick, Bryan Jungles and Ryan Derby, all two. Mount View made 6-of-18 free throws (33 percent).

For Rockland, Connor Clement poured in 20 points, including making six 3-pointers, while Matt Zable and Seth Batty both added nine points; Billy Joyce, six; Gould, four; and P.J. Spearing, three. The Tigers connected on eight treys, highlighted by Clement’s effort, and 8-of-14 foul shots (57 percent).

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