High school boys basketball

Early Mustang drought helps sharp-shooting Mariners sail to victory

With shooting accuracy, tough defense, visiting Oceanside opens with devastating 27-0 run
By Zack Miller | Jan 10, 2018
Photo by: Zack Miller Oceanside's Amos Anderson, left, looks to score against Mount View's Kyle Noble during a Jan. 9 high school boys basketball game in Thorndike. The visiting Mariners sailed to a 67-38 win over the Mustangs.

Thorndike — Normally, when a basketball team plays at home it enjoys all the comforts, such as not having to travel, a supportive fan base, a court that is known like the back of a player’s hand and rims that seemingly appear larger than normal.

Tuesday night provided all but one of those amenities to Mount View of Thorndike, while Oceanside of Rockland/Thomaston seemed to make itself right at home in the Mustangs' gymnasium — with the hoops seemingly larger for the visiting Mariners.

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Oceanside used a devastating and game-altering 27-0 run to start and never looked back en route to a 67-38 victory over the Mustangs on Jan. 9.

The aggressive Mariners, who clicked on all cylinders during the 32-minute affair, led 17-0 after the first quarter, 38-11 at halftime and 48-17 at the end of the third quarter.

Michael Norton Jr. keyed the visitors with 13 points; Leo Reid, Cooper Wirkala and Trevor Reed, nine; Amos Anderson, Jack Freeman, Josh Peaco and Jaden Martin, four; Jack Lombardo, three; Dustin Cote, Elliot Lucier and Nathan Coombs, two.

For Mount View, Kyle Noble led the hosts with nine points; Adam Reed, eight; Max Tomlin, five; Garrett Smith and Josh Larrabee, four; Jordan Brown, Mat Keating, Seth Basford and Matt Overlock, two.

Oceanside was 8-of-18 (44 percent) from the free-throw line while Mount View was 1-of-5 (20 percent).

The Mariner offense got going early and often, kick-started by Reed's 3-pointer to open the game, Lombardo's trey, Norton's layup and Norton steal and slam dunk on the other end, followed by a Peaco putback bucket off a Norton missed free throw, to make the score 12-0 just over three minutes in.

The Mustangs, on the other hand, could not get anything to fall in the first quarter, as the team and fans watched multiple buckets go halfway down, only for the hoop to spit the ball back out, like sour milk.

Oceanside closed out the first quarter with five more points, with two coming off Norton’s second thunderous dunk of the game — a two-handed slam — and the other three which came from Freeman's putback, and subsequent free throw.

Mount View’s offense continued to sputter at the start of the second quarter, which also saw the visitors score 10 more points, until the Mustangs broke the goose egg with a bucket at the 5:20-mark.

Noble was the hot hand for the hosts in the second stanza as he netted all nine of his points, while Tomlin chipped in with two of his five points on the night.

The start of the second half provided no relief for the Mustangs, as Oceanside increased its advantage as it outscored Mount View 10-6, before the reserves came in to finish the game.

The final frame was when Mount View coach Chad Larrabee’s offense thundered to life. The hosts poured in 21 points, as it easily eclipsed the 17 the team mustered in the three previous quarters.

Six different Mustang and Oceanside players scored in the fourth quarter to close the contest.

In the Maine Principal’s Association Heal Point Standings for Class B North, Oceanside (6-2, 26.2963 points) is fourth, while Mount View (0-8, n points) is 15th. Hermon is first in the 16-team region. The top 11 teams qualify for the playoffs.

Oceanside at Mount View boys basketball
Mount View hosts Oceanside on Jan. 9 in high school boys basketball in Thorndike. (Video by: Zack Miller)
Oceanside's Cooper Wirkala. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Oceanside's Josh Peaco, left, and Mount View's Kyle Noble (13), among others. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Oceanside's Michael Norton Jr., left, as well as Mount View's Kyle Noble (13) and Garrett Smith. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Oceanside's Cooper Wirkala, right, and Mount View's Max Tomlin. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Oceanside's Amos Anderson. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Oceanside's Michael Norton Jr., front, and Mount View's Garrett Smith. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Oceanside's Michael Norton Jr. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Oceanside's Cooper Wirkala. The referee is Grant Lippman. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Mount View's Jordan Brown. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Oceanside's Jack Lombardo, right, and Mount View's Max Tomlin. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Oceanside's Cooper Wirkala (11) and a trio of Mount View defenders. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Oceanside's Trevor Reed, back, along with Mount View's Josh Larrabee (14), Kyle Noble (13) and Adam Reed (12). (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Oceanside's Leo Reid (23), along with Mount View's Jordan Brown, right, and Seth Basford, middle. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
The Mount View pep band, including Adrian Sholes,  front, keeps the beat. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Oceanside's Cooper Wirkala, Leo Reid, Amos Anderson and Cameron Kingsbury, along Mount View's Josh Larrabee and Kyle Noble. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Oceanside's Jack Freeman, left, and Mount View's Garrett Smith. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Oceanside's Amos Anderson, right, and Mount View's Kyle Noble. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Oceanside's Jack Freeman, back, and Mount View's Kyle Noble. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Oceanside's Jack Freeman, left, and Mount View's Adam Reed (12), along with others. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Oceanside's Jaden Martin, middle, along with Mount View's Kyle Noble, left, and Seth Basford. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Oceanside's Cameron Kingsbury, left, and Brett Start, right, along with Mount View's Kyle Noble, middle, and Adam Reed. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Oceanside's Dustin Cote, left, and Mount View's Adam Reed. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
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