High school boys basketball

Lions use late scoring surge to prowl past rival Mustangs

Doolan, Sturgis, Bartlett key Belfast, Kenney, Reed, Curtis host Mount View
By Mark Haskell | Jan 04, 2018
Photo by: Mark Haskell Mount View's Max Tomlin, left, and Matt Overlock, middle, battle Belfast's Jason Bartlett for rebound position on Jan. 2 in a high school boys basketball game in Thorndike. The visiting Lions beat the Mustangs 64-51.

Thorndike — It may not have been pretty. It may not have been easy. But the Belfast boys basketball team found a way to pull away from host Mount View on Tuesday night, Jan. 2 in an all-Waldo County high school rivalry contest to start the calendar year.

After a seesaw battle through the first three quarters, the Lions roared loud and proud to the tune of a 15-4 run to start the final stanza and used that cushion to pull away from the winless, albeit scrappy, Mustangs 64-51.

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The Lions led by only three points at the end of the first three stanzas of Tuesday’s game — 14-11 after one, 30-27 at half and 45-42 after three quarters — before the visitors got hot from the floor over the final eight minutes to pull away from the Mustangs.

Dakoda Doolan paced Belfast with a 20-point effort, while Stanley Sturgis tossed in 16; Jason Bartlett, 12; Luke Lightner, six; Chris Kelley, five; Aaron Fuller, three; and Tyler Bartlett, two.

Neal Kenney tossed in 15 points — all off three-point field goals — to lead Mount View, while Adam Reed added 11; Logan Curtis, 10; Max Tomlin, nine; and Brennan Grant and Kyle Noble, three.

Both teams were below average from the foul line as the Lions were 10-of-25 (40 percent) and the ‘Stangs 5-of-12 (42 percent).

“I'm very happy with the performance we put forward tonight,” said Mount View coach Chad Larrabee. “We played extremely hard and tested a very good Belfast team. It is evident that we are getting better each and every night and the boys are starting to understand what it takes to compete in the [Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference].”

Belfast coach Marty Messer said the Mustangs "played hard all game."

“Just when we started to take a nice lead, they battled back and never gave up," Messer said. "I liked the way we took the ball to the rim consistently tonight. We got some close, high-percentage shots and drew some fouls. We were very aggressive on defense and caused a lot of turnovers."

The Lions held a three-point lead after the first quarter and roared out of the gate on an 8-0 run — led by treys from Sturgis and Fuller and a pair of Sturgis foul shots — and quickly took a 22-11 advantage.

Tomlin converted a pair of hoops to help Mount View cut into its deficit, but it was the sharp shooting of Kenney that helped the hosts gallop back into the game.

Kenney’s second trey of the stanza helped the ‘Stangs cut their deficit to within five points at 26-21, but his third and fourth brought them closer, with the final an off-balance bank shot from the wing that helped Mount View claw to within three points at halftime.

“Neal Kenney has an uncanny ability to find the rim inside or from the perimeter,” said Larrabee. “Tonight the sophomore came off the bench and gave us the spark we were looking for with his stroke from behind the arc.”

Reed followed suit to start the third quarter with a trey to help the Mustangs draw even, but neither team led by more than five points in the stanza as they jockeyed for position.

Tomlin gave Mount View the briefest of leads with a 3-pointer late in the quarter at 43-42, but Jason Bartlett responded with a triple for Belfast as the visitors took back a 45-43 edge.

Kenney and Bartlett traded treys to start the fourth quarter, but the Lions went on a 12-1 run off two hoops apiece from Jason Bartlett and Doolan, another from Kelley and two foul shots from Tyler Bartlett to give Belfast its largest lead at 60-46 with 3:30 remaining.

"I'm glad we played smart when we had the lead in the fourth quarter,” said Messer. “We showed a lot of poise and made it hard for them to come back.”

“Late in the game we had some costly unforced turnovers, missed some rotations on defense and missed some crucial block outs which led to Belfast’s run,” said Larrabee. “I thought their freshman guard Jason Bartlett really hurt us in second half. He played with some great composure and knocked down some big shots at crucial points of the game.”

The squads will battle again in the regular-season finale on Feb. 8 in Belfast.

In the Maine Principals’ Association Heal Point Standings for Class B North, Belfast (3-4, 5.8025 points) is eighth, while Mount View (0-5, no points) is 15th. Mount Desert Island (5-1, 19.8148 points) is first in the 16-team region. The top 11 teams qualify for the playoffs.

Belfast at Mount View boys basketball
Mount View hosts Belfast on Jan. 2 in high school boys basketball in Thorndike. (Video by: Mark Haskell and Zack Miller)
Belfast's Luke Lightner, right, along with Mount View's Kyle Noble (13) and Max Tomlin. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Belfast's Chris Kelley, right, and Mount View's Kyle Noble. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Belfast's Luke Lightner, right, and Mount View's Adam Reed. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Belfast's Dakoda Doolan, left, and Mount View's Logan Curtis. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Belfast's Dakoda Doolan, left, and Mount View's Logan Curtis. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Belfast's Chris Kelley, left, and Mount View's Kyle Noble. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Belfast's Tyler Bartlett. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Belfast's Tyler Bartlett, left, and Mount View's Logan Curtis. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Belfast's Stan Sturgis, middle, as well as two Mount View players. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Belfast's Stan Sturgis, middle, and Jason Bartlett, right, along with Mount View's Josh Larrabee (14), Max Tomlin (23) and Adam Reed. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Belfast's Aaron Fuller (11) and Skylar Perkins (10), along with, Mount View's Adam Reed (12) and Mat Keating. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Belfast's Tyler Bartlett, right, and Mount View's Adam Reed. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Belfast's Aaron Fuller. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Mount View's Matt Overlock. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Belfast's Dakoda Doolan, right, and Mount View's Max Tomlin. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Belfast's Dakoda Doolan, right, and Mount View's Max Tomlin. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Mount View's Josh Larrabee. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Mount View's Matt Overlock. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Mount View's Neal Kenney. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Mount View's Matt Overlock, left, and Adam Reed. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Belfast's Stan Sturgis (4), along with Mount View's Matt Overlock (32) and Adam Reed. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Mount View's Mat Keating. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Belfast's Dakoda Doolan, right, and Luke Lightner, left, along with Mount View's Neal Kenney, middle, and Max Tomlin. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Belfast's Stan Sturgis, left, and Mount View's Max Tomlin. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Belfast's Stan Sturgis, left, and Mount View's Max Tomlin. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Belfast's Stan Sturgis, left, and Mount View's Adam Reed. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Mount View's Adam Reed. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Belfast's Tyler Bartlett, left, Stan Sturgis, middle, Chris Kelley, right, and Mount View's Adam Reed. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Belfast's Chris Kelley, right, as well as Mount View's Matt Overlock, left, and Mat Keating. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Belfast's Chris Kelley, right, and Mount View's Mat Keating. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Belfast's Tyler Bartlett, left, and Mount View's Max Tomlin. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Belfast's Tyler Bartlett, left, and Mount View's Max Tomlin. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
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Mark Haskell
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Mark has been covering local sports throughout Knox, Waldo and part of Lincoln county since 2007. Haskell has a bachelor's degree in Mass Communication from the University of Maine and is also a 2000 graduate of Rockland District High School. He has won multiple Maine Press Association awards for writing and photography.

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He resides in Thomaston with his wife Jenn, his sons Beckett and Austin and daughter Lila.

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