There is no question Belfast and Mount View, essentially Waldo County neighbors, have a storied rivalry in high school athletics, whether it be on the soccer or field hockey pitch in the fall, the baseball and softball diamonds in the spring or, in Saturday’s case, the basketball court in the heart of winter.

Despite all four teams currently being on the outside looking in for the Eastern Class B playoffs as the second half of the season is in full swing, the rivalry proved just as fierce and competitive in the Jan. 14 doubleheader.

The Mustang and Lion boys played the afternoon game in Belfast, while the Mustang and Lion girls enjoyed the nightcap in Thorndike, with both events well supported by area fans and both contests holding hard-nosed, competitive play.

In the end, the two schools settled for a split, with both teams picking up road victories over their rivals.

The Mustang boys earned a 72-61 victory over the host Lions in Belfast, while in Thorndike later that day, the Lion girls returned the favor, securing a 43-29 win over the Mustangs.

Boys game

The game between the rivals turned chippy in the second quarter, when Mount View’s Chris Montminy and Belfast’s Ryan Rice received double-technical fouls as the referees needed to intervene and separate the two squads.

The game slowed from that point with the physical play of both teams and the quick whistles from the officials, with both squads being assessed a combined 62 fouls and attempting a combined 73 free throws. Five players fouled out of the game, four of which were members of the Lions.

Mount View netted 26-of-44 (59 percent) free throw attempts, while Belfast netted 22-of-29 (76 percent) from the charity stripe.

Mount View led 18-11 after the first quarter, extended its advantage to 44-32 at halftime and 54-38 after three quarters.

Leading the Mustangs on offense were Taylor Reynolds with 18 points, while Jalen Babin added 12; Craig Nealley, nine; Bobby Porter and Montminy, both seven; Nathan Wren and Ryan St. Clair, both five; and Steven Davis, Ricky Moulton and Ken McGray, all two.

For Belfast, Emerson DellaMattera tossed in 19 points, while Rice added 14; Scott Kulikowski, 10; Jamie Jackson, seven; Yanni Rakis, four; Tyler Prescott, three; Ben Lowe, two; and Larry Dyer and Stephen Paul, both one.

The Mustangs threatened to pull away in the second quarter by converting eight field goals — three from Reynolds — but the Lions shot superbly from the foul line in the stanza, netting 12-of-13 attempts, to keep their deficit at 12 points going into halftime. However, Belfast scored a mere six points in the third quarter as the visitors slowly pulled away.

In the Maine Principals’ Association Heal Point Standings for Eastern Class B, Mount View (5-5, 12.4383 points) is 14th, while Belfast (1-9, 0.5556 points) is 19th. Mount Desert Island (10-0, 45.6790 points) is first in the 19-team region. The top 13 squads qualify for the playoffs.

Girls game

Belfast led 10-7 after the first eight minutes, before extending that advantage to 24-11 at halftime and 30-15 after three quarters.

Lexi Nelligan led Belfast with 11 points, while Courtney Drinkwater and Makayla Cummings each added eight; Katrina Lapham, seven; Emily Blood, six; and Devon Drake and Ashley Littlefield, both two.

For Mount View, Delainey Kein tossed in a game-high 12 points, while Anna Piotti added five; Janelle Thornley, four; Courtney Morse and Alexis Morse, both three; and Kelsey Higgins and Dinah Bilodeau, both one.

The Lions converted 12-of-29 (41 percent) free-throw attempts, while the Mustangs netted 6-of-24 (25 percent).

In the Maine Principals’ Association Heal Point Standings for Eastern Class B, Belfast (4-6, 6.5123 points) is 15th, while Mount View (0-10, no points) is 19th. Gardiner (10-1, 50.2469 points) is first in the 19-team region. The top 13 squads qualify for the playoffs.

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