While it was a tough season for the Mount View High School boys varsity basketball team this past winter, if the rumblings at the junior varsity level are any indication, help is on the way.

The Mustang jayvees had a sensational campaign, sporting a 15-1 record and one of the top subvarsity programs in the Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Class B division.

The team, coached by Pat Cronin, certainly achieved a high level of success and could invigorate the varsity program in the next few seasons. The jayvees had six freshmen, three sophomores, a junior and a senior.

Team members included David Clark, Ashton Reynolds, Bryan Jungels, Jack Simpson, Steven Davis, Nathan Wren, Kyle Crowell, Ryan Derby, Kenneth McCray, Ricky Moulton and Brody Gibbs.

While Gibbs (224 points) and Davis (205 points) were the team’s top offensive producers, it was Simpson (137 points), third on the team in scoring, who was the team’s facilitator and helped make the squad gel as a unit.

“Jack was my point guard and great leader to our freshmen,” said Cronin of the sophomore. “Everything ran through Jack and he knew when to distribute the ball or look for his shot. He was my best defender and led the team in steals and assists.”

Simpson and McCray (81 points) were the team’s captains and both assumed leadership roles on the team, as “both knew when to speak up when our team needed to focus more in games and practice.”

Gibbs has a accurate outside shot, strong ballhandling skills, led the team in 3-pointers and was the team’s top free-throw shooter. Davis also was the team’s leading rebounder.

Each player did their part this season to make the team successful, including Moulton (61 points), who turned in a 19-point, 16-rebound performance in a 64-58 win against Oceanside, one of many victories the ‘Stangs had this year.

The team’s lone loss, a 69-57 decision to Nokomis of Newport, saw the Warriors connect on 13 3-pointers, while the team’s most impressive victory was a 46-43 over Leavitt of Turner, where the Mustangs were down seven points with two minutes remaining and rallied to win.

Other scorers for the Mustangs included Wren (75 points), Crowell (42 points), Jungles (40 points), Derby (25 points), Reynolds (10 points) and Clark (7 points).

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