AUGUSTA — The No. 4 Vinalhaven boys basketball team’s playoff run at the Augusta Civic Center was short-lived as they were ousted by No. 5 Greenville in a Class D South quarterfinal game on Saturday, Feb. 19.

The Lakers, who did not play the Vikings during the regular season, went on the offensive from the opening tip and seized control of the high school court clash and, ultimately, doubled up the islanders 54-27.

Vinalhaven’s Kyle Grant (15), among others. Photo by Holly Vanorse Spicer

With the win, Greenville (5-12) advanced to the semifinals, where it will face No. 1 Forest Hills of Jackman (19-0) on Wednesday, Feb. 23 at the Augusta Civic Center.

Vinalhaven’s campaign, interrupted at times due to COVID-19 protocols, concluded at 4-6.

Vinalhaven’s Sam Wentworth. Photo by Holly Vanorse Spicer

On Saturday, Greenville raced out of the gate and took a 17-4 lead after the first quarter, led 24-14 at halftime and pulled away to take a 41-21 advantage after three stanzas.

“We played hard, but not playing them in the regular season we didn’t really know what to expect,” said Viking coach Josh Miller. “Injuries hit us before the game. We lost a key guy and had a guy with a bad ankle try and play. None of that would have changed the outcome of the game because we didn’t really play as a team other than four or five possessions.”

Vinalhaven’s Charlie Swears. Photo by Holly Vanorse Spicer

Miller added Greenville “was very patient on offense and we didn’t box out well enough to give ourselves a chance.”

Liam Mason led Greenville with a 17-point effort, while Ocean Turner tallied 12; Dominic Murray, 11; Lance Owens, eight; and Ethan Anderson, six.

Vinalhaven’s Lincoln Dennison (22) and Joe Lazaro (33), along with Greenville’s Dominic Murray (12) and Ocean Turner. Photo by Holly Vanorse Spicer

Lincoln Dennison paced the islanders with seven points, while Sam Wentworth added six; Robbie Swears and Kyle Grant, four; and Colby Beverage and Joe Lazaro, three.

Vinalhaven was 3-of-5 (60 percent) from the foul line and Greenville 14-of-23 (61 percent).

The Vikings also went three weeks without playing during the middle of the season due to a COVID-19 outbreak on the island “and we never really got back to the form we had before it happened,” the coach said.

“We game-planned to be aggressive and try to get [Murray and Mason] in foul trouble and get to the line,” Miller said. “We didn’t do either and ended up being in foul trouble ourselves. And with such a small squad we didn’t have many guys we could go to.”