The Mount View boys basketball team had its way with Waldo County neighbor Searsport for the second time this season on Tuesday night, Feb. 23 as the Mustangs galloped to a 72-20 victory over the Vikings.

Mount View held an 11-4 lead after the high school game’s first eight minutes, but went on a 28-6 run in the second quarter to put the affair out of reach, to make the score 39-10 at halftime. The hosts extended their advantage to 55-15 after three quarters.

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Mount View improved to 8-4 on the season, while Searsport dropped to 2-8.

Earlier this winter, the Mustangs beat the Vikings 83-30.

On Tuesday, Sean Raven led the ‘Stangs with an 18-point effort, while Draedyn Furrow added 11; Tyler Russell and Wyatt Evensen, nine; Declan Knowlton, eight; Noah Hurd, seven; Joe Grassi, five; Ben Osbourne, two; and Nick Cobb and Isaac Ellis, one.

Sam Cahill led Searsport with seven points, while Chase Brassbridge added six; Gage Ellis, three; Tim Smith, two; and Josh Wright and Gabe Kneeland, one.

Mount View was 6-of-12 (50 percent) from the foul line, while Searsport was 5-of-9 (56 percent).

While the Mustangs’ 28-6 push was paramount as the hosts pulled away, their interior defense was as stifling and caused matchup problems for the rebuilding, undersized Vikings.

Searsport was unable to get a close-range basket throughout the first half — and much of the game — as Mount View forced many turnovers off blocked shots, which jump started several fast-break buckets.

After the Vikings hung tough throughout the first eight minutes despite only one field goal — a trey from Brassbridge — the Mustangs rattled off the first 16 points of the second quarter, which started with a layup from Grassi.

A Raven three-pointer from straight away and fast-break layup from Russell forced a Searsport timeout, but the Vikings could not stop the bleeding as the ‘Stangs followed with back-to-back buckets from Knowlton, hoop from Hurd and another Raven trey to make the score 27-4.

A free throw by Wright stopped the Mount View offensive rush, but the Mustangs scored the game’s next nine points — five of which came from Hurd, three of those off a triple he banked in from the wing — to give the hosts a 36-5 edge.

Brassbridge hit his second trey of the game moments later to again momentarily stop the run, but Raven countered by canning his third trey of the stanza for good measure.

A jumper from the elbow rounded out the first-half scoring on a positive note for the Vikings, but the visitors got no closer in the second half.