The Belfast boys basketball team had a leg up on host Camden Hills for the first half of the preseason contest between the opponents on Tuesday night, Dec. 4 as the Lions got out to a quick lead, which the visitors maintained through the first 16 minutes of court action.

However, the Windjammers came out of the locker room to start the second half with a new-found intensity, which was on display throughout the third quarter — to the tune of a whopping 29-5 burst — as the hosts held off a late Lion surge to net a 62-56 victory.

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Camden Hills, led by coach Jeff Hart, includes Kerry Sabanty, Michael McGeady, Michael Kremin, Liam O’Neal, Ionut Lodge, Jon Runnion-Bareford, Obie Miller, Trajan Gilson, Jeremy Fraser, Matt Nickerson, Casey Messer, Josh Pearse, Ryan Clifford and Andrew Prosica.

Belfast, guided by coach Marty Messer, includes Andrew Akles, Jason Bartlett, Grady Doolan, Ethan Hall, Chris Kelley, Max Lewis, Lucas Lightner, Danota Payson, Chase Sanders, Tanner Veilleux and Tommy Walker.

Belfast led 21-15 after the first quarter and 32-23 at halftime, while Camden Hills outscored the visitors 29-5 in the third quarter to take a commanding 52-37 advantage after three stanzas.

Lodge led the balanced Windjammer attack with an 11-point effort, while McGeady and Kremin added nine; Sabanty, eight; Runnion-Bareford, Clifford, Miller and Gilson, six; and Messer and Pearse, two.

For the Lions, Bartlett led the way with 22 points, while Lewis netted 11; Lightner, eight; Akles, seven; Doolan, four; and Hall and Walker, two.

The Windjammers finished 2-of-3 (67 percent) from the foul line, while the Lions were 12-of-18 (67 percent).

Camden Hills cut into Belfast’s advantage in the early stages of the third quarter and found itself down 33-32 before a pair of Bartlett free throws put the visitors up by three points.

The Windjammers then went on an 11-0 spurt, which included buckets in the paint by Runnion-Bareford, Clifford and Lodge, a midrange jumper by Pearse and trey by Sabanty as the hosts took a 43-35 lead.

Doolan converted a close-range bucket to stop the bleeding, but Camden Hills ended the stanza on a 9-0 run after a nice baseline move to the hoop by Clifford, a 3-pointer by Kremin, a layup off a steal by Miller and another bucket by Runnion-Bareford as the hosts took a 52-37 lead.

An interesting wrinkle to Tuesday’s game is that Belfast coach Marty Messer’s son, Casey Messer, plays for Camden Hills and scored a first-quarter hoop for the Windjammers. The teams do not play each other during the regular season.