Despite losing one of its starters earlier in the week in a home game against neighboring Oceanside, the Camden Hills boys basketball squad showed that depth, as much as talent, has been one of the key reasons for its continued court success over the years.

The Windjammers hosted winless Belfast Thursday night in Rockport and, while the unbeaten hosts and defending state Class B champs eventually picked up the comfortable 89-53 victory, the Lions hung with the ‘Jammers for much of the first half before Camden Hills eventually pulled away.

The Windjammers’ record improved to 5-0, while the Lions dropped to 0-5. Camden Hills has won 23 straight regular-season games, including being 18-0 last year.

Sophomore starter Colin Morse, who has been instrumental for the Windjammers early in the season, broke his ankle Dec. 19 in a win against the Mariners and may miss the remainder of the season.

Against Belfast Thursday, Camden Hills led 23-16 after the first eight minutes, extended its advantage to 44-30 at halftime and 64-42 after three quarters.

Adam Carlsen poured in a whopping career-high of 29 points to pace Camden Hills, while Chandler Crans added a career-high 20 points — 15 of which came from his sharpshooting beyond the 3-point arc and the other five points on 5-of-5 shooting from the foul line in the final stanza.

Also scoring for the ‘Jammers were Jayson Kuhn with nine points, while Andrew Flanagan added eight; Connor Hart and Taylor Hall, both seven; Chris Brown, four; Kyle Olehnik, three; and Mark Barley, two.

For Belfast, Jamie Jackson netted 15 points, while Ryan Rice added 11; Yanni Rakis, seven; Scott Kulikowski, six; Emerson Dellamattera and Tyler Prescott, both four; and Ben Lowe, Greg Clark and Stephen Paul, all two.

The Windjammers were 20-of-32 (62 percent) from the charity stripe, while the Lions were 8-of-20 (40 percent).

Camden Hills outscored Belfast 20-12 in the third quarter and netted 10-of-12 free throws in the fourth stanza to pull away.

Village NetMedia Associate Sports Director Mark Haskell can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by email at mhaskell@villagesoup.com.