Playoff position is a crucial element for any team, especially late in the season, with both the Oceanside and Belfast boys high school basketball squads battling for that in a pivotal Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Class B contest Thursday night, Jan. 31.

With the Mariners eyeing a top seed in the upcoming regional tournament and the Lions clawing to stay in the playoff mix, both teams had goals in mind Thursday night when taking the court with only four games remaining in the regular season.

Belfast hung with Oceanside through the first half, but the hosts went on a 15-8 run in the third quarter to surge to a 64-40 victory.

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Oceanside led 13-9 after the first quarter and 37-26 at halftime, while the hosts opened it up in the third quarter, taking a 52-34 advantage into the final stanza.

Shea Davenport netted 19 points to lead the Mariners, while Hunter Grindle added 16; Nick Judge, seven; Isaiah Stone-Patterson and Sam Meklin, both six; Nick Mazurek, four; Matt Zable and Tyler Gilson, both two; and Walker Ranney, one.

For Belfast, Ryan Rice tossed in 18 points, while Levi Lapham, Greg Clark, Kaleb Benjamin, Korey Doolan and Stephen Paul all added four and Tyler Tran two.

The Mariners were 16-of-24 (67 percent) from the foul line, while the Lions were 13-of-20 (65 percent).

In the Maine Principals' Association Heal Point Standings for Eastern Class B, Oceanside (12-3, 97.2222 points) is second, while Belfast (7-8, 41.0494 points) is 13th. Mount Desert Island (13-3, 97.9938 points) is first in the 19-team region. The top 13 teams qualify for the playoffs.

Courier Publications Associate Sports Director Mark Haskell can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by email at