To celebrate the seniors final home game, the Searsport boys basketball team turned in a solid, winning performance Thursday night to give its still alive playoff hopes a boost.

Meanwhile, the Viking girls experienced a strong second half in a loss in the first game of a varsity doubleheader at the school.

The SDHS teams played different opponents, with the boys facing Bangor Christian in a makeup game from earlier in the week and the Viking girls hosting George Stevens Academy of Blue Hill in a regularly-scheduled contest.

The Viking boys, who have won three straight games, defeated Bangor Christian 57-43 and the Viking girls lost to George Stevens Academy 74-26.

The Searsport boys senior players honored were Allen Connor, Rocky Faunce and Ben Bucklin.

The Viking boys (4-11, 18.5185 points) are 14th in Eastern Class C, while Lee Academy (15-1, 86.7593 points) is first in the 20-team region. The top 10 teams make the playoffs.

“We’re not out of the running yet,” said SDHS boys coach Brad Cook of the Vikings’ chances of qualifying for the playoffs. “We still have points on our [regular-season] schedule and a shot to earn a prelim [playoff game] with wins. We are less than 10 points behind the 10th-place team.”

The Vikings girls (0-15, no points) are 20th (last) in Eastern Class C, with Houlton (11-5, 77.9230 points) first. The top 10 teams qualify for the playoffs.

Cook said the Viking boys were excited about the opportunity to add another win to the team’s total. “Last week, in defeating two good teams, George Stevens Academy and Foxcroft Academy, our confidence got a nice boost,” the coach said.

He added that on Thursday against Bangor Christian, “offensively, we shared the ball well, our team defense was solid and we owned the rebounding action on both ends of the floor. Guys are really understanding their roles and playing well together, offensively and defensively, which has led to us winning three [games] in a row.”

Searsport led 14-12, 31-18 and 46-27 at the quarter breaks.

Leading the charge for the hosts were Rocky Faunce (18 points, 16 rebounds) and Milton Jones (15 points, 14 rebounds) with stellar double-doubles, Dillan Moody (9 points), Shane Seekins (9 points, 8 assists), Buddy Ellis (4 points, 5 assists) and Allen Connor (2 points).

For Bangor Christian, Tyler Alexander tallied 16 points, Matt Swanson, nine; Jace Schmidt, seven; Brad Wilcox, four; Rem Poulin, three; and Ben Bragg and Cody Collins, two each.

In the girls game, the host Vikings got behind the eight-ball early, trailing 19-3 after the first eight minutes and, despite a strong second half, were too far behind to catch up.

GSA led 19-3, 38-5 and 60-19 at the quarter breaks.

Pacing the visitors were Anna Clapp with 15 points; Mary Prescott, 14; Brenna Hutchinson and Lexie Brann, both nine; Emily Lowell andn Maddie Theoharidis, both eight; Hannah Billings, five; Mariah Blodgett, four; and Maddy Gray, two. The Eagles made 16-of-30 free throws (53 percent).

For Searsport, Briana Grant tallied 12 points; Alicen Brooks, six; Kelli Smith, four; Shawna Dakin, two; and Allison Walker and Brooke Bagley, both one. The team made four 3-pointers, including two each from Brooks and Grant. The Vikings netted 4-of-12 free throws (33 percent).

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