The Mount View High School boys junior varsity basketball team, despite netting a low win total on the 2016-17 campaign, saw players improve mightily from the start of the season to the end, a scenario that will be a benefit for the program as a whole going forward.

Led by Pat Cronin, the Mustangs galloped to a 3-15 record and played in several tightly-contests games throughout the winter.

Team members included Adam Reed, Eli Allen, Logan Curtis, Neal Kenney, Max Tomlin, Seth Basford, Garrett Smith, Jordan Brown, Matt Overlock, Matt Keating, Ashton Thompson, Josh Larrabee, Kyle Noble, Brennan Grant, Dalton Rossignal, Adrian Sholes, Jarrod Ponder and Atlas Hubbard.

On the season, Mount View netted a pair of wins over Belfast — 53-47 and 63-46 — and a 55-33 victory over Waterville.

Leading the Mustangs in scoring were Reed (8.9 points per game), Allen (6.7 ppg), Curtis (5.9 ppg), Basford (3.43 ppg) and Smith (3.2 ppg). Reed led the team in two- (41) and three-point (20) field goals, while Allen was the team’s top foul shooter, netting 33-of-55 attempts (60 percent).

Cronin said the team had a large influx of freshmen, in addition to a few varsity players that swung down, all of whom benefited from substantial minutes on the floor for the Mustangs.

He said he was “impressed with their never-give-up, no-matter-the-score attitude.”

“Defensively we mainly pressed fullcourt the whole game in all of our contests,” the coach said. “On offense we tried to push the ball and play up-tempo as much as possible.”

The veteran coach said the Mustangs played in several exciting games, including an overtime loss to Nokomis of Newport that saw Kenney stick a 3-pointer at the end of regulation at home, a two-point loss to Spruce Mountain of Jay and “two very close, tough games with Skowhegan,” among others.

“Adam Reed and Logan Curtis took turns running things from the point-guard position and both did an outstanding job,” Cronin said. “Allen was one of my best defensive players. He usually was guarding the other team’s best player and also did an exceptional job. I’m looking forward to seeing a lot of these boys step up to the varsity level next season.”

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