DePatsy keys Panthers over competitive MustangsSophomore pours in 27 points to support Williamson's 14 in road win
Thorndike — After spending considerable time — nearly two weeks — on the sideline due to winter storms, power outages and other winter-related issues, the Medomak Valley and Mount View boys basketball teams finally got back on the court Friday afternoon, Dec. 27.
And, for the most part, the Panthers and Mustangs were plenty happy to be playing ball again as Friday's game proved competitive before the visiting Panthers pulled away late for a 61-45 victory.
It was the first game action the teams had seen in some time, due to snow and ice storms, power outages and frozen pipes at schools in Waldo and Lincoln counties. In fact, the Panthers were scheduled to host holiday exhibition games on Dec. 23, but those contests had to be canceled.
Additionally, the teams had not been able to consistently practice in recent weeks, due to the holidays, storms, poor road conditions and problems with school power or water systems.
In fact, Mount View High School was without power again briefly just a short time before Friday's scheduled games, but athletic director Chuck Karter said the school was prepared to use backup scoreboards and said the lights in the gymnasium would have functioned long enough to play the games.
The last games the two squads had played was 13 days ago, an eternity for teams who have started their regular seasons. Medomak Valley lost 44-36 to Morse of Bath and Mount View lost 56-45 to Camden Hills.
In the meantime, the Mustangs and Panthers have had other regular-season games postponed.
On Friday afternoon, Medomak Valley led 19-14 after the first eight minutes, 26-22 at halftime and 43-35 after three stanzas.
For the Panthers, Nicholas DePatsy poured in 27 points, including making all eight of his free throws. DePatsy netted 13 points in the first half and 14 in the second.
Also turning in solid efforts for the visitors were Micah Williamson with 14 points; Colton Spear, 10; Zach Starr, six; and Michael Wadsworth, four.
The Panthers iced 16-of-20 foul shots (80 percent). Medomak Valley made 8-of-12 free throws in the fourth quarter to cement the win. The Panthers also connected on five 3-pointers, including two from Starr and one each from Wadsworth, DePatsy and Williamson.
For the Mustangs, Jack Simpson netted 15 points; Nathan Wren, 11; Brody Gibbs, seven; and Emmett Shell and Bryan Jungels, both six. Mount View made 4-of-10 free throws (40 percent). The Mustangs drilled five treys, including one each from Simpson, Jungels, Wren, Gibbs and Shell.
In the Maine Principals' Association Heal Point Standings for Eastern Class B, Medomak Valley (4-1, 12.2840 points) is second and Mount View (3-2, 3.2716 points) 10th. Oceanside of Rockland/Thomaston (6-1, 13.7654 points) is first in the 19-team region. The top 13 teams qualify for the playoffs.
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Ken Waltz has been member of the media 30 years and has received hundreds of Maine Press Association and New England Press Association awards for his writing, photography and page design. He studied journalism at the University of Maine in Orono. He lives in South Thomaston with his wife, Sarah. The couple has an adult son, Brandon.
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