Belfast Area High School basketball fans may be a bit disoriented when they first walk into the school gymnasium for games this winter inside the Lions' den.

That is because school officials have decided to situate the team benches and scorer's table in the bleachers on the far side of the gym, away from the doorways that come into the area from the main lobby doors to the school.

BAHS athletic director Mark Babin said the reason for the change was simply to alleviate the congestion of spectators near the team benches when fans initially enter the gym. Now people can walk into the gym and sit on the closer side bleachers or walk in front of the stage or back wall of the gym to sit in the area behind the team benches and scorer's table.

Additionally, there is a new-look Lion mural painted on the back wall of the gym. Babin said during the general summer cleaning the new mural was painted by Gary Caron of Greenville. Caron has painted the mascots on the walls of many central Maine high schools, including the Mustang in the Mount View gymnasium.

Finally, the Lion boys varsity hoop team hosted George Stevens Academy of Blue Hill in a preseason exhibition game Nov. 29. Information from that game was unavailable, but photos from the contest appear with this story. Additional photos can be viewed by clicking the link below.

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