Free throws aid Mariners in win over scrappy MustangsOceanside boys hoop team nets 17-of-18 free throws en route to 10th victory
Rockland — It was not pretty and it was not easy. But the Oceanside boys basketball team secured its 10th win of the season Friday night, Jan. 25 by outlasting pesky Mount View of Thorndike.
The Mustangs (1-12) did not make it easy on the host Mariners as the visitors led by as many as 10 points in the first half, but Oceanside (10-3) outscored the Mustangs 42-19 in the second half and went 9-of-10 (90 percent) from the free-throw line in the final stanza to pick up the 64-46 victory.
The Mustangs surged out of the gate early and led the entire first half, pushing that advantage to eight points on a 3-pointer by Nathan Wren and eventually extended their cushion to 10 points — 25-15 — with 2:40 left in the half.
However, Oceanside set the tone in the second half when Isaiah Stone-Patterson tossed an alley-oop pass to Sam Meklin for a slam dunk less than a minute into the third quarter to help push the Mariners well on their way to the win.
Mount View led 15-11 after the first quarter and 27-22 at halftime, while Oceanside turned the tables to take a 43-36 edge after three quarters.
Meklin netted 15 points to lead Oceanside, while Hunter Grindle added 11; Tyler Gilson, eight; Nick Mazurek and Isaiah Stone-Patterson, both seven; David Gould, Shea Davenport and Nick Judge, all four; and Matt Zable and Walker Ranney, both two.
For Mount View, Brody Gibbs scored 13 points, while Steven Davis added 12; Wren, 11; Kenny McGray, six; and Jack Simpson, four.
The Mariners finished a sizzling 17-of-18 (94 percent) from the charity stripe, while the Mustangs were 15-of-21 (71 percent).
Davis was key for Mount View in the first half both on the glass and on offense, with a steal and score with 2:40 left to put the visitors ahead by 10 points. Oceanside then went on a 7-2 run to end the quarter on a trey from Grindle, a Davenport steal that resulted in a fastbreak hoop for Mazurek and two Gould free throws.
Stone-Patterson gave Oceanside its first lead at 30-29 with two free throws with 5:31 left in the third quarter, though Davis came back with two straight hoops on a baseline jumper and a tip-in off a McGray miss to put Mount View back up by three points.
Meklin then scored on a tip-in of his own off a Judge miss before Zable scored on a fastbreak hoop to put Oceanside ahead 34-33.
The Mariners never trailed again as Meklin drained a 3-pointer followed by a acrobatic layup by Gould to push the hosts in front.
In the Maine Principals' Association Heal Point Standings for Eastern Class B, Oceanside (10-3, 64.8148 points) is fifth and Mount View (1-12, 5.4012 points) 19th (last), while Presque Isle (11-2, 72.0679 points) is first in the region. The top 13 teams qualify for the playoffs.
Courier Publications Associate Sports Director Mark Haskell can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.