Now back in Class B, the Oceanside boys basketball team appears long, lean, athletic and especially talented, which may, when all is said and done, mean continued strong — and maybe even the highest levels of — postseason success.

The Mariners' depth, quickness, height and overall talent was on full display against visiting Ellsworth on Friday night, Dec. 1 in a preseason court clash.

Oceanside sailed sailed away from the Eagles early to take control.

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Oceanside won 71-53, as the Mariners led 25-13, 40-21 and 58-35 at the quarter breaks.

It appears the Mariners, who annually challenged for the Class A North title, will be able to beat Class A and B opponents with a variety of methods — scoring inside, driving to the hoop and drilling 3-pointers. Defensively the Mariners, especially tall (they even have a 6-foot 4-inch point guard), will defend the rim and also have shorter, pesky perimeter defenders.

Leading the Mariners against the Eagles on Friday were Cooper Wirkala with 17 points; Michael Norton Jr., 15; Amos Anderson and Jack Lombardo 11; Josh Peaco, six; Leo Reid four, Elliot Lucier and Cameron Kingsbury, three; Dustin Cote and Jack Freeman, two; and Silas Miller, one.

Oceanside netted six 3-pointers, including two from Wirkala and Lombardo. The squad also netted 20-of-28 free throws (71 percent). Peaco made 4-of-5, Wirkala 7-of-9 and Kingsbury 3-of-4 to lead the charge.

Statistically for the Mariners, Trevor Reed (3 rebounds, 3 steals), Wirkala (2 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 blocked shots), Norton (2 rebounds, 5 assists, 3 steals), Peaco (2 rebounds, 2 blocks), Lombardo (2 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals), Anderson (7 rebounds, 2 blocks) and Freeman (4 rebounds) led the way.

For the Eagles, Zack Harris tossed in 20 points; Andrew McCullough, seven; Jackson Curtis, six; Darby Barry, five; Jared Hamilton and Devin Grindle, four; Sam Griffin, three; Brad Smith and Damian Carter, two; and Conner Crawford, one.

Ellsworth made 14-of-22 foul shots (64 percent). The team netted seven 3-pointers, including four from Harris.

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