Through the first eight minutes, it looked as if the Tuesday night, Dec. 11 contest between the Medomak Valley and Mount View boys basketball squad would be a down-to-the-wire, defensive clash as the opponents struggled to generate offense.

However, the Panthers, who advanced to the Class A North final a year ago, found a rhythm in the second quarter and took advantage of several turnovers from the young Mustangs en route to a 62-35 win, the team's second of the young campaign.

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Mount View held a 6-5 lead midway through the first, but Medomak Valley ended the quarter on a 5-0 run and led 10-6, 33-15 and 46-21 at the quarter breaks.

Trevor Brown led the balanced Medomak Valley scoring attack with 10 points, while Gabe Allaire and Ryan Creamer netted nine; Alec Coughlin, eight; Jake Bickmore and Parker Morrison, six; Brandon Starr, five; Pat McKenney, four; and Carson Murphy, Ethan Reed, Chris Bowman and Kevin White, two.

Kyle Noble paced Mount View with 10 points, while Sean Raven added five; Brennan Grant, four; Neal Kenney, three; Declan Knowlton, Jackson Martin and Logan Curtis, two; and Draedyn Furrow, one.

The Panthers were 11-of-14 (79 percent) from the charity stripe, while the ‘Stangs were 14-of-26 (54 percent).

The hosts also netted six treys — two from Creamer and Allaire and one from Morrison and Starr — while the Mustangs had four three-point field goals as Grant had two and Kenney and Raven one.

The game was scoreless through the first two-and-a-half minutes before a free throw by Noble put Mount View on the board and added a hoop moments later, off an assist from Knowlton, with 4:20 to go in the stanza.

Creamer got the hosts on the board with a pair of free throws, while Allaire gave the Panthers their first field goal — from beyond the 3-point arc — to put Medomak Valley up 5-3 with 2:25 left in the first quarter.

Grant gave Mount View a 6-5 edge moments later with a 3-pointer, but Medomak Valley closed the quarter on a 5-0 run after Allaire hit his second trey and Brown added two foul shots as the hosts took a 10-6 lead to end the stanza — without the benefit of a two-point field goal.

The hosts rode that momentum in the second quarter as they began the stanza on a 15-5 burst, which began with a pair of free throws by Bickmore and trey from Raven.

From there, Creamer made a steal at midcourt, and after having his layup attempt deflected, Bickmore was there for the putback. The ensuing Mount View possession ended before the ‘Stangs crossed the timeline as Brown made a steal and converted a layup.

Noble netted a pair of foul shots for Mount View, but Creamer netted a three-pointer and another hoop from Bowman gave the hosts a 23-11 lead.

Martin hit a mid-range jumper to put out the Panther fire, which they quickly reignited with an 8-0 run after two foul shots from Starr, trey from Allaire, free throw by Brown and a fast-break layup from Coughlin with 1:15 to go in the half, which gave the hosts a 31-13 advantage.

The Mustangs turned the ball over twice in the first 15 seconds of the third quarter, which led to two quick hoops from Brown, as the Panthers continued to extend their advantage.