The Mount View boys basketball team started the new year on a positive note — and broke a three-game losing streak in the process — with a convincing 54-39 win over Maine Central Institute of Pittsfield on Friday night, Jan. 3.

However, the Mustangs followed that with a 51-36 loss at Leavitt of Turner on Saturday, Jan. 4.

On Friday, the Mustangs, who had started the campaign 3-0 before losing their next three games, were tied 6-6 after one quarter Friday night before taking 25-23 and 36-33 advantages at the next two breaks in the competitive affair. Mount View than outscored the Huskies 18-6 over the final eight minutes to pull away.

Keying the Mustangs were Jack Simpson with 17 points; Bryan Jungels, 10; Gavin Simpson, nine; Mikey Hustus, seven; Nathan Wren, five; and Emmett Shell and Tyler Ripley, both three.

Jungels made six free throws, Hustus five and Jack Simpson and Gavin Simpson both four.

For MCI, Slade Emery and Eric Hathaway each netted nine points; Austin Tolman, four; Gunnar Lovely, Mitchell Hallee, Jordan Valente, Dillon Fitts and Josh Buker, all three; and Jonathan Santiago, two.

From beyond the 3-point arc, Emery netted two and Valente, Hathaway, Buker, Shell, Jack Simpson and Gavin Simpson all one.

On Saturday, the Mustangs led 11-8 after one quarter and 18-17 at halftime. However, the Hornets outscored the visitors 34-18 the rest of the way for the victory.

For Mount View, Wren tallied 15 points; Jack Simpson, 10; Hustus, five; and Shell and Gibbs, both three. Jack Simpson and Shell both made three free throws and Wren two.

For Leavitt, Levi Morin netted 13 points; Mitchell Davis, Zac Goulette and Gabe Seely, all eight; Eli Calder, seven; Austin Anderson, five; and Reed Farrar, two. For the Hornets, Anderson had three foul shots and Davis and Calder both two.

Three-pointers were netted by Gibbs, Hustus, Simpson, Wren, Goulette and Calder.

Mount View finished 8-of-12 (67 percent) from the foul line and Leavitt 9-of-20 (45 percent).

In the Maine Principals' Association Heal Point Standings for Eastern Class B, Mount View (4-3, 5.4321 points) is 12th, while Camden Hills (6-2, 20.5556 points) is first in the 19-team region. The top 13 teams qualify for the playoffs.

Mount View's loss to Leavitt is not included in the most recent standings.