FARMINGTON — A pair of vicious two-handed dunks in the second half punctuated Oxford Hills’ 67-48 win over Mt. Blue on Saturday in a Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference boys’ basketball game.

Andrew Fleming tossed in a game-high 33 points — 21 in the second half — to kick start a Vikings offense that eventually secured the win over a stubborn Cougar team. Oxford Hills improves to 12-4 while Mt. Blue stands at 3-12.

“Andrew is such a talent,” Oxford Hills coach Scott Graffam said. “He can turn it on in a moment’s notice.”

Fleming tallied 13 points in the third quarter as his Viking teammates gathered themselves for a big run in the final eight minutes. Mt. Blue trailed 41-39 after Caleb Hall put back an offensive rebound with seven seconds remaining in the third quarter giving the Cougars an apparent momentum builder.

Fleming, however, stifled Mt. Blue’s enthusiasm when he drained a monster 3-pointer from 30 feet, as the buzzer ended the third quarter leaving Oxford Hills with a 44-39 lead.

“Fleming just took over the game,” Mt. Blue coach Kevin Main said. “We battled them and hung in there but he had a fantastic game.”

Oxford Hills jumped out to a quick 13-2 lead before Mt. Blue rallied to cut the margin to 15-9 at the end of the first quarter.

Zack Mittelstadt (team-high 26 points) carried the offensive load for the Cougars in the second quarter scoring nine points. His 3-pointer from the right corner and reverse lay-up at 3:06 gave Mt. Blue a 21-19 lead.

The Vikings responded when Atreyu Keniston poured in an offensive rebound and Fleming hit a one and one and drive to end the half with Oxford Hills ahead 25-21.

“We needed something to happen,” Fleming said. “We were not playing well but then our defense stepped up in the second half and that got us going offensively.”

As he had done most of the game, Fleming keyed an 8-2 run to open the final quarter with all the points coming in the paint. Fleming started the run hitting an inside jumper, Cole Verrier followed with back to back baskets and when Trevor Goodrich scored at 5:41 the Vikings lead was 52-41.

“We did a good job getting to the rim,” Graffam said. “We scored a lot of points in the paint. That’s were we hurt them the most.”

After Cougar Cole Dorman hit one of two from the free throw line the Vikings went on another impressive run that started and ended with Fleming throwing down a pair of two-handed dunks. The first coming on an open court steal and drive, the second ended a 13-5 run at 2:25 that left the Vikings in total command with a 65-47 lead.


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