The Belfast and Searsport boys basketball teams are in contention for the final playoff spots in their respective regions, but the Lions and Vikings will need to rise to the occasion the next few weeks if they hope to earn postseason berths.

Belfast occupies the 13th and final playoff spot in Eastern Class B, while Searsport is 13th in Eastern Class C, with the top 11 teams qualifying for the playoffs.

Both Waldo County high school teams hit recent road bumps in their journeys toward the postseason, with the Lions falling 59-33 to Gardiner Jan. 25 and the Vikings dropping two games in three days — a 63-45 decision to Sumner of East Sullivan Jan. 28 and a 62-53 decision to Mattanawcook Academy of Lincoln Jan. 26.

Sumner 63, Searsport 45

At Searsport Jan. 28, the Tigers outscored the Vikings 22-5 in the third quarter and roared to their eighth win of the year. Sumner led 14-6, 28-22 and 50-27 at the quarter breaks.

Troy Reynolds scored 11 points for Searsport, while Austin Bean added 10; Buddy Ellis, nine; Dillan Moody, eight; and Jacob Powell, seven.

For Sumner, Tyler Martin tallied 20 points, while Tristen Raynor added 13; Sam Smith, eight; Eric Archer, seven; Cruz Moshier and Justin Chipman, both six; Lucas Potter, two; and Tyler Bunker, one.

The Vikings were 13-of-17 (76 percent) from the foul line, while the Tigers were 9-of-15 (60 percent).

Mattanawcook 62, Searsport 53

At Lincoln Jan. 26, the Vikings and Lynx went back and forth throughout the contest, with the hosts pulling away late to seal the victory. MA led 11-10 after the first quarter, while the two teams were knotted 20-20 at halftime. The Lynx then took a 34-32 edge after three quarters.

For Searsport, Bean netted 16 points, while Moody tallied 10; Powell and Ellis, both nine; Jake Keniston, six; and Reynolds, three.

Gunner Maxwell scored 16 points for Mattanawcook, while Riley Coburn added 12; Tristen Pelkey, 10; Nick Haynes and Aaron Osbourne, both eight; Brady Hawkins, four; and Aaron Goodine and Regan Sereyko, both two.

The Vikings were 15-of-22 (68 percent) from the foul line, while the Lynx were 17-of-32 (53 percent).

In the Maine Principals' Association Heal Point Standings for Eastern Class C, Searsport (5-9, 11.5741 points) is 13th, while Houlton (15-0, 100.4630 points) is first in the 17-team region. The top 11 teams qualify for the playoffs.

Gardiner 59, Belfast 33

At Gardiner Jan. 25, the Lions dug themselves an early first-quarter hole and never recovered before dropping their seventh game of the year. The Tigers jumped to a large first-quarter lead and held the Lions at bay throughout, leading 19-4, 25-17 and 47-25 at the quarter breaks.

Stephen Paul scored 10 points for Belfast, while Ryan Rice added five and Levi Lapham, Zach Collier, Carl Dodge, Korey Doolan and Kenan Mahmic, all two.

For Gardiner, Tyler Jamison dropped in 20 points, while Brad Weston added 10; Seth McFarland and Jenson Orweiler, both seven; Dennis Meehan, six; Logan Hallett, four; Josh McKelvey and Trevor Austin, both two; and Brad Bailey, one.

The Lions were 4-of-6 (67 percent) from the foul line, while the Tigers were 6-of-17 (35 percent).

In the Maine Principals' Association Heal Point Standings for Eastern Class B, Belfast (6-7, 30.2469 points) is 13th, while Presque Isle (12-3, 83.6420 points) is first in the 19-team region. The top 13 teams qualify for the playoffs.

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