High school boys basketball

Three for the road: Mariners use long-range barrage to best Lions

Oceanside drills 11 treys from seven different players in lopsided victory
By Mark Haskell | Dec 19, 2013
Photo by: Mark Haskell Oceanside's Eli Thorbjornson, front, races up the court during a Dec. 19 high school boys basketball game in Belfast. The visiting Mariners beat the host Lions 81-40 in a makeup game.

Belfast — The phrase “live by the three, die by the three” is a common saying by those in high school basketball circles.

However, if Thursday night's game against host Belfast was any indication, Oceanside did all the living they wanted and needed Dec. 19.

The Mariners drilled eight treys from five different players in the first half and ended with 11 from beyond the arc on the night as the visitors sailed to an impressive 81-40 win over the Lions.

Click for photos from the Oceanside at Belfast varsity game.

Click for photos from the Oceanside at Belfast jayvee game.

Thursday's game originally was slated for Tuesday, Dec. 17, but was postponed twice in as many days due to inclement weather.

Belfast got on the board first with a quick hoop from Korey Doolan, but the hosts never led again as the Mariners got hot in the second quarter, outscoring the hosts 30-10 in the stanza to pull away.

Oceanside led 23-14 after the first quarter, 53-24 at halftime and 64-34 after three quarters.

Nick Judge poured in a game-high 21 points to lead Oceanside, while David Gould added 14; Isaiah Stone-Patterson, eight; Nick Mazurek and Jarrod Leonardi, both seven; Eli Thorbjornson and Hunter Grindle, both six; Keenan Hendricks, five; and Zach Peaco, Griffin Lombardo and Walker Ranney, all two.

Belfast, without key team members Levi Lapham, Zach Collier and Garrett Hamlin due to injury, were led by Zavier Roman with 15 points.

Doolan also had eight points for the Lions, while Zeke Ventura added six; Asa Lewis, five; Mike Reynolds, four; Eduardo DeSaPinto, two; and Nolan Woods, one.

The Mariners were 5-of-9 (56 percent) from the foul line, while the Lions were 9-of-13 (69 percent). Doolan netted all six of his attempts for Belfast.

Gould (2), Judge (2), Grindle (2) Stone-Patterson and Leonardi had treys in the first half for Oceanside, while Hendricks added another in the third quarter and Thorbjornson two more in the fourth.

Roman canned a pair of 3-pointers in the first quarter, which helped keep the Lions stay close in the early going.

Oceanside also forced 27 Belfast turnovers, many of which were turned into quick Mariner points. Belfast forced nine turnovers against the visitors.

Oceanside outrebounded Belfast 35-24. Thursday's game marked the third time in five games the Mariners had hit the 80-point mark.

In the Maine Principals' Association Heal Point Standings for Eastern Class B, Oceanside (4-1, 10.1235 points) is second, while Belfast (0-5, no points) is 15th. Camden Hills (4-1, 10.2778 points) is first in the 19-team region. The top 13 teams qualify for the playoffs.

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Mark has been covering local sports throughout Knox, Waldo and part of Lincoln county since 2007. He has a bachelor's degree in Mass Communication from the University of Maine and is also a 2000 graduate of Rockland District High School.

Mark is an avid fan of the Boston Red Sox, fantasy sports, the AMC drama "Breaking Bad" and iced coffee.

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

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