SEARSPORT — It was a near-perfect night on Thursday, Feb. 10 at Searsport District High School as the Viking boys hosted Penquis Valley of Milo in the regular season finale for the basketball squads.

First, the school honored last season’s baseball and softball teams pregame with their state Class D championship banners.

Searsport’s Josh Wright, middle, holds the game ball as he stands with his parents Donna Nielsen, left, and Eric Nadeau after reaching 1,000 points for his high school basketball career. Photo by Mark Haskell

Not to be outdone, Viking senior Josh Wright — sitting on 990 career points — scored 15 points on the night and became the 11th player, boys and girls, in school history to amass 1,000 points.

But, overall perfection was not to be achieved on this night as the Patriots played the role of spoiler, as they ruined an otherwise stellar night for Viking fans.

Makenzie Alley, a SDHS graduate, holds a certificate she received for being the 2020-21 Courier Publications/VillageSoup female athlete of the year. Photo by Mark Haskell

The game was close throughout and needed double-overtime to determine a winner, but a jumper by Alvin Robishaw with 30 seconds remaining sealed the deal as the Patriots escaped with a hard-fought, 53-52 victory.

The Vikings quickly rebounded from that loss on Saturday, Feb. 12 as they won their first playoff game. No. 15 Searsport bested No. 18 Mattanawcook Academy 50-43 in a “pre” prelim game at Searsport and earned the right to advance to the prelim round, where it will play at No. 2 George Stevens Academy of Blue Hill Wednesday, Feb. 16 at 6 p.m.

On Thursday, Penquis led 14-11, 17-16 and 29-27 at the quarter breaks, while the opponents were knotted 42-42 at the end of regulation and 45-45 at the conclusion of the first overtime.

Searsport’s Eli Law, right, and Penquis’ Max Wells during the opening tip. Photo by Mark Haskell

Wright’s 15-point effort paced the host Vikings, while Sam Cahill and Cole Ellis added 11; Gage Ellis, six; Tim Smith, four; Eli Law, three; and Chase Brassbridge, two.

For the Patriots, Robishaw led the way with 14 points, while Max Wells tallied 12; L.J. Shaw, 11; Nate Lovejoy, eight; Dylan McKenzie, five; and Mikal Sickler, three.

Viking fans provide player support from the stands — and stage. Photo by Mark Haskell

Searsport was 10-of-18 (56 percent) from the foul line, while Penquis was 6-of-14 (43 percent).

The excitement kicked off early in the fourth quarter when Wright’s milestone-reaching three-pointer gave the Vikings a 33-31 advantage with 5:56 to go.

The Patriots quickly retook the lead and held a 42-39 edge as time wound down before Gage Ellis threw a head fake at his defender and buried his second trey of the stanza as time expired to send the game to overtime.

Wright’s layup gave the hosts a late 52-51 lead with under a minute to play in the second overtime, but a Robishaw midrange jumper put the Patriots up for good.

No. 15 Searsport 50, No. 18 Mattanawcook Academy 43

At Searsport Feb. 12, the Vikings won their first playoff game and knocked the Lynx from contention. MA jumped to a 16-5 lead after the first eight minutes and maintained a 28-19 lead at halftime. Searsport then went on a 15-5 third-quarter run and cut its deficit to 38-34 after three stanzas before it ended the game on a 16-5 run to pull away.

With the win, Searsport (7-11) advanced to the Class C North prelims, where it will travel to face No. 2 George Stevens Academy of Blue Hill (14-2) on Wednesday, Feb. 16 at 6 p.m. The Vikings lost 62-46 to the Eagles on Dec. 18 in Searsport and 69-40 on Jan. 19 in Blue Hill.

Josh Wright poured in 27 points — and now has 1,032 career points — to pace the Vikings and was 12-of-14 from the foul line, while Chase Brassbridge added 11; Eli Law, seven; Sam Cahill and Tim Smith, two; and Gage Ellis, one.

For the Lynx, Lance Wilcox dumped in 22 points, while Jordyn Colorado and Cody Smith added five; Justyn Colorado and Erick Fitch, four; and Josh Farrington, three.

Searsport was 19-of-28 (68 percent) from the charity stripe, while MA was 4-of-7 (57 percent).