Sturdy defense spearheads Camden Hills over Mount ViewBoth high school boys hoop teams sit at 3-1 on young season
Thorndike — Mount View bolted to a solid 3-0 start to the new high school boys basketball season and the Mustangs wanted to gauge their progress and how much farther they needed to go to consistently compete — night in and night out — with the Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Class B division's historic elite.
So, what better opponent to host on the court Saturday afternoon, Dec. 14 than Camden Hills, a program that has a bundle of state, regional and league championships to its credit and a coach, Jeff Hart, who has 500 career victories in his sights (469-160 career mark as of Dec. 16).
That would test the Thorndike-based squad's mettle, right?
Well, Mount View passed at least part of the exam as the Mustangs proved they can be competitive with one of the league's best, and actually led the Windjammers after the first 16 minutes on Saturday.
However, Camden Hills then turned up the defensive heat and employed its trademark fullcourt pressure in the third quarter to take control. The Mustangs made a late comeback but it was not enough as the visitors departed town with a 56-45 win.
Both teams stand at 3-1.
Mount View led 12-8 and 26-23 at the first two breaks, but the Windjammers increased the defensive pressure in the third quarter and used an 18-2 run to cement a 41-28 advantage after three stanzas.
Camden Hills was keyed by Yani Stancioff and Chandler Crans both with 11 points, while John Hall added 10; Jayson Kuhn, eight; Connor Graffam, seven; Colin Morse, four; Terron Bailey, three; and Andrew Hall, two. The Windjammers netted 10-of-17 free throws (59 percent) and drilled four 3-pointers.
For Mount View, Brody Gibbs scored 12 points; Nathan Wren, 11; Steven Davis, 10; Emmett Shell, seven; and Jack Simpson, five. The Mustangs made 17-of-29 foul shots (59 percent) and also connected on four treys.
In the first half, 3-pointers from Davis, Shell and Wren, along with the fact Mount View connected on 9-of-13 foul shots, keyed the hosts to a three-point lead. For Camden Hills in the first 16 minutes, Hall netted six points and Stancioff five. Bailey and Stancioff drilled treys for the Windjammers in the half.
However, the game's tide turned in the third quarter when the visitors ruled the court with their smothering, aggressive defense and strong offense, led by eight points from Crans, six from Kuhn and four from Hall.
In fact, Kuhn's trey with 36 seconds left in the third stanza gave Camden Hills a 41-28 cushion. That edge grew to 51-34 early in the fourth before the Mustangs worked to make a comeback, spearheaded by Gibbs' 3-pointer with 4:32 left.
However, the hosts ran out of time.
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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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