The No. 3 Oceanside boys basketball team hosted No. 6 Belfast in the Kno-Wal-Lin (Knox-Waldo-Lincoln county) COVID Basketball Tournament on Friday afternoon, March 5 and held a considerable advantage over the lower-ranked Lions out of the gate.

Belfast was not only without one of its top all-around players and scorers, Jason Bartlett, who was unavailable to play, but the Lions also did not have 6-foot 3-inch center Chris Kelley at full capacity, as he has hobbled with an ankle injury for nearly two weeks.

Throw in Oceanside having a hot night shooting from beyond the three-point arc — led by guard Cam Kingsbury — and it was full speed ahead for the Mariners as they sailed past the Lions and into the semifinals with a 64-34 victory.

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The Mariners (9-3) advance to the next round, where they will play at No. 2 Camden Hills (9-2) on Monday, March 8 at 5:30 p.m.

Earlier in this pandemic-altered campaign, the Windjammers and Mariners split games — 57-52 for Camden Hills and 66-62 for Oceanside.

Belfast’s season concluded at 4-9.

Earlier, the Mariners also defeated the Lions 67-62 and 67-64.

On Friday, Oceanside held a 6-5 edge after the first quarter before it extended its advantage to 27-10 at halftime and 48-23 after three quarters.

Kingsbury led all scorers with 20 points — 18 of which came on six three-pointers — to pace the Mariners, while Everett Allyn added 12; Bodhi Ames, 11; Alex Bartlett, six; Elliot Lucier, five; Cohen Galley, four; and Jack Elwell, Rhys Jones and Hayden Jacques, two.

Allyn added 11 rebounds in the win, while Ames had eight rebounds and Lucier seven rebounds and six assists.

Oceanside canned 10 treys on the night, with two from Bartlett and one from Cohen Galley and Lucier to go along with Kingsbury’s six triples.

Tanner Veilleux keyed the Lions with 10 points, while Chase Sanders, Tommy Walker and Drew Adelon added six and Chris Kelley and James Ritter three.

The Mariners finished 5-of-6 (83 percent) from the foul line and Lions 4-of-6 (67 percent).

Kelley, a senior, did not start for Belfast and played only a few minutes in the contest. He entered the game late in the fourth quarter with the game already in hand, swished a three-pointer from the wing and promptly exited the contest.

Oceanside scored the first six points of the court affair after a pair of Allyn buckets and a jump hook from Ames, before an Abelon trey and jumper from the elbow by Sanders brought Belfast within one.

That low-scoring first quarter was the last of its kind for the Mariners Friday night as the hosts outscored the Lions 21-5 in the second eight minutes — including a 13-0 run midway through the stanza — to pull away.

Kingsbury started the quarter with a three-pointer before Walker came back with a short baseline fadeaway. Kingsbury responded with another trey to make the score 12-7.

After a Ritter foul shot brought the Lions within four points, Kingsbury buried his third trey, Ames scored on back-to-back possessions followed by a fast-break layup from Allyn. Lucier penetrated into the paint and found Ames on the block for a close-range hoop before Allyn deposited his own offensive rebound into the cylinder to give the hosts a 25-8 advantage.

Kingsbury started the third quarter with a hoop off a hard drive to the basket before Abelon responded with a three-pointer to make the score 29-13.

After Kingsbury hit another three-pointer, followed by a pair of foul shots by Sanders, Oceanside scored eight straight on an offensive putback by Allyn and treys from Kingsbury and Lucier to make the score 40-15 midway through the stanza.

The Lions got no closer.

Bartlett, a senior who was not in attendance at Friday’s game, finished his high school career for Belfast with 951 points — 49 points shy of the coveted 1,000 mark.