THORNDIKE — Relentless best describes Mount View’s mode of operation against Waldo County high school boys basketball rival Belfast on Friday night, Jan. 14.

The Mustangs saddled up and proved relentless on every inch of the court in the 32-minute affair en route to a 72-44 win.

Mount View’s Draedyn Furrow (11) ahead of the pack. Photo by Ken Waltz

In fact, Mount View was so efficient with its shots, steals, rebounds, ball movement and blocked shots it spotted the visitors a 3-0 lead and then simply blitzed the Lions with aggressive all-around hustle and impressive team-wide play in the win.

The Mustangs, who led 25-9, 41-23 and 56-33 at the quarter breaks, scored in the paint, from the perimeter, beyond the three-point arc and on transition. And when they were not doing that, the hosts simply made life difficult for Belfast in all aspects of the game.

Belfast’s K.J. Payson, left, and Mount View’s Noah Hurd. Photo by Ken Waltz

Noah Hurd, Declan Knowlton and Draedyn Furrow proved too much to handle for the Lions as Knowlton netted 18 points, Hurd 16 and Furrow 13 for the galloping ‘Stangs. In fact, Hurd drilled four three-pointers and Furrow one, as each seemingly stymied thoughts of a Belfast comeback.

The Mustangs also got solid contributions from Tyler Russell and Wyatt Evensen with seven points; Isaac Ellis, four; Travis Spaulding, three; and Ryan Oliver and Collin Jones, two. Mount View made 5-of-6 free throws (83 percent).

Mount View’s Tyler Russell, front. Photo by Ken Waltz

In a game that was lopsided, perhaps the most electric moment came in the final moments when Spaulding stepped on the court to the delight of the spirited Mustang student section, and proceeded to contribute a conventional three-point play. Mustang fans in the gymnasium erupted and his delighted teammates gave him a train of low-fives.

For the Lions, Keegan McGowan turned in a stellar 16-point effort, which included four treys. Andrew Abelon added 10 points; K.J. Payson, seven; Zepherin Leppanen, four; Bobby Banks, three; and Rico Washington and Zeke Slaughter, two.

Belfast netted 5-of-12 foul shots (42 percent) and seven three-pointers, including one from Payson, Abelon and Banks.

Mount View also defeated Belfast 77-50 in an earlier game this winter.

Mount View improved to 6-5 on the campaign, while Belfast dipped to 2-8.