Just a day after the Midcoast was coated with ice and snow, the boys basketball team of Oceanside did not want the ice to melt, as the squad’s veins were frozen solid, which, ultimately, turned out to be a good thing in a hard-fought game against the Panthers of Medomak Valley.

When it was finally time to thaw, Oceanside left Waldoboro with a 54-43 high school road victory over the rival Panthers on Thursday night, Feb. 8 in the final game of the regular season.

It was not a pretty game by any means — but certainly fun to watch — as turnovers and missed shots dominated; but, in the end, the Mariners’ free-throw accuracy froze the hosts in their tracks.

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Free-throwing accuracy down the stretch paved the way to victory for the visitors. The Mariners made 9-of-10 foul shots over the final eight minutes, including 7-of-8 from Jack Lombardo.

Now the teams look forward to the regional playoff tournaments, Medomak Valley in Class A North at the Augusta Civic Center and Oceanside in Class B North at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor.

On Thursday, the Panthers led 12-10 at the end of the first quarter, while Oceanside held a 24-23 cushion at halftime and pushed that advantage to five (32-27) at the end of the third quarter.

For Oceanside, Mike Norton Jr. led all scorers with 19 points, while teammate Trevor Reed added 14; Cooper Wirkala, 10; Lombardo, nine; and Josh Peaco, two.

Gabe Allaire and Josh Goldrup keyed the hosts with 13 points, while Brent Stewart added nine; Alec Coughlin, four; with Nathan Emerson and Ethan Spear, two.

The Mariners shot 13-17 (76 percent) from the free-throw line, while the Panthers netted 4-8 (50 percent).

In Thursday's regular-season finale, Stewart gave the Panthers the lead with a 3-pointer to start the game, and from there the advantage went back and forth much of the night.

Medomak Valley held a 5-2 advantage early, but Norton's trey tied the game. Allaire answered with a 3-pointer and Goldrup's bucket put the hosts up five points early.

Norton hit a jumper and Wirkala knocked down a 3-pointer to tie the game, this time at 10, with just under two minutes to play in the opening quarter.

Allaire's bucket gave Medomak Valley the 12-10 edge at the end of the opening quarter.

The second stanza saw the Mariners open a five-point cushion towards the end of the half, thanks to two Reed treys, but the Panthers answered, thanks to a Goldrup free throw and layup, as well as all four of Coughlin's points in the game.

Oceanside's lead increased to six points in the third stanza after tough defense by the Mariners forced turnovers and poor shots from the Panthers.

Medomak Valley only scored four points in the quarter, which included two apiece from Goldrup and Allaire, but the Mariners muscled in only eight, as the rivals headed into the final frame.

Things heated up offensively in fourth stanza, as the opponents combined for 38 points, but free throws came into play, as Oceanside went 8-of-9 at the line, which effectively countered the Panthers' plan to foul in the hope the Mariners would miss and the hosts would get the ball back.

The Panthers knocked down a couple of 3-pointers, which knocked the Oceanside advantage down a few pegs, but the Mariners had Jack Frost on their side when it mattered.

Lombardo was key for the Mariners during the pivotal final stretch, as he iced 6-of-7 from the line, and Wirkala netted two shots from the charity stripe.

In the Maine Principal’s Association Heal Point Standings for Class B North, Oceanside (13-5, 120.4938 points) finished fifth, while Hermon (18-0, 195.2469 points) ended first in the 16-team region. The top 11 teams qualified for the playoffs.

The No. 5 Mariners will face No. 4 Winslow (15-3, 122.2840 points) on Saturday, Feb. 17 at 1:35 p.m. in a quarterfinal playoff game at the Cross Insurance Center. Ironically, Oceanside and Winslow also will play for the Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Class B championship on Saturday, Feb. 10 at 7 p.m. at Cony High School in Augusta.

During the regular season, Oceanside and Winslow split two games, with each winning at home — the Mariners 59-47 in Rockland and the Black Raiders 57-49 in Winslow.

In the Maine Principal’s Association Heal Point Standings for Class A North, Medomak Valley (11-7, 71.609 points) finished sixth, while Hampden Academy (17-1, 170.4938 points) ended first in the 12-team region. The top eight teams qualify for the playoffs.

The No. 6 Panthers will play No. 3 Skowhegan (11-7, 94.3827 points) on Saturday, Feb. 17 at 4 p.m. in a quarterfinal playoff game at the Augusta Civic Center. The Panthers and Indians did not play each other during the regular season.