The young Mount View boys basketball team has stumbled out of the gate through its first seven games, with the third quarter proving to be the Mustangs' Achilles' heel in the team's most recent two contests.

The Mustangs were outscored 29-12 in the third quarter in games against Maranacook of Readfield and Leavitt of Turner in their final games of 2012, with the opposition pulling away and dealing the boys from Thorndike two losses.

The following is a recap of the games against the Hornets and Black Bears:

Leavitt 61, Mount View 37

At Turner Dec. 29, the Hornets outscored the Mustangs 14-6 in the third quarter as the hosts pulled away and prevailed by 24 points. Leavitt led 12-10, 26-22 and 40-28 at the quarter breaks.

Brody Gibbls tossed in 13 points for Mount View, while Kenny McGray added eight; Bryan Jungels, six; Jack Simpson, five; Nathan Wren, four; and Kyle Crowell, two.

Andrew Middleton netted 22 points to key Leavitt, while Zac Goulette added 10; Levi Morin, nine; Mitchell Davis, seven; Isaiah Calder, four; Isaiah Magee, three; and Nate Coombs and Austin Anderson, both two.

The Mustangs were 8-of-15 (53 percent) from the foul line, while the Hornets were 7-of-16 (44 percent).

Maranacook 61, Mount View 40

At Thorndike Dec. 28, the Black Bears outscored the Mustangs 15-6 in the third quarter as the visitors pulled away and prevailed by 21 points. Maranacook led 13-10, 27-22 and 42-28 at the quarter breaks.

Steven Davis scored nine points to lead the hosts, while Simpson added seven; McGray and Gibbs, both six; Mikey Hustus, four; Jungels, three; and Wren, two.

Taylor Wilbur netted 16 points for Maranacook, while Kyle Boucher added 15; Cameron Brochu, seven; Brad Worster and James Boyman, both six; Keat Mohler, four; Andrew Lachance, three; and Caleb Jackson, two.

The 'Stangs were 3-of-14 (21 percent) from the foul line, while the Black Bears were 2-of-5 (40 percent).

In the Maine Principals' Association Heal Point Standings for Eastern Class B, Mount View (1-6, 1.0802 points) is 19th, while Oceanside of Rockland/Thomaston (6-1, 21.6049 points) is first in the 19-team region. The top 13 teams qualify for the playoffs.

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