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Mascenic boys miss D-III playoffs

The Mascenic boys basketball team just wanted a chance at the playoffs.

Although it has been an up and down season, the Vikings saw exactly what they were capable of last week in a huge overtime win at Monadnock.

A win in Friday’s regular season finale against Campbell would have automatically secured a spot in the top 20 and a first round playoff game, but the 72-49 loss forced the Vikings into a tiebreaker.

Mascenic finished in a three-way tie with Fall Mountain and Kearsarge for the final two seeds with 6-12 records. In the regular season, the Vikings split with Fall Mountain, but did not face the Cougars.

The Vikings were the odd ones out when the Division III tournament bracket was released on Monday, as Kearsarge locked up the 19th seed and Fall Mountain secured the 20th and final position.

But if not for the 95-89 overtime win at Monadnock last Monday, where sophomore Jared Stauffeneker set a school record with 57 points, Mascenic would have not been in position to force the tiebreaker.

Kearsarge won two of its final three games, while Fall Mountain came away with four victories over its final seven, including a 12-point win over Mascenic on Feb. 14, to get to six wins.

The Monadnock game was one the Vikings had to win, especially with No. 5 Campbell, who was coming off a huge loss to No. 2 Conant, waiting for them in the finale.

On Friday, Stauffeneker scored 17 and senior Jalen Rines added nine in the loss to Campbell. Mascenic led 17-14 after the first, but were outscored 23-6 in the second and went down 14 at the half.

The Vikings lost three games against teams below them in the Division III standings and had three wins against D-IV teams.

They will miss the postseason for the first time in three years.

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