WISCASSET — The rebuilding of the Wiscasset boys’ basketball team is apparently complete.

The Wolverines ran away with a 73-34 win against Mt. Abram in a Mountain Valley Conference game Monday night to improve their record to 7-0 – their best start in several years.

“I totally expected us to be competing,” Wiscasset Coach Dana Lawrence said. “I’ll take 7-0 any day of the week, but I really didn’t expect that good of a start.”

An experienced group of eight juniors make up the core of the squad.

“They got a lot of playing time last year as sophomores and were competing against some very strong teams,” Lawrence said.

Last season, the Wolverines went 4-14 after going 12-8 and advancing to semifinals of the Western Class C tournament the year before.

“Last year, we weren’t a very good team,” said Cody Roberts. “Now we have seven or eight players who can play varsity basketball and keep up with all of us, and that just makes it a hundred times better.”

Ethan James, a 6-foot-6 junior center, and Roberts, a 6-0 junior point guard, provided a solid inside-outside game against Mt. Abram.

James scored 28 points, and Roberts added 18 points and a team-high six assists.

“It really doesn’t matter who is inside or who is outside,” Lawrence said. “There’s three or four players who can score inside, and they can score outside. When we move the ball around and execute things, we’re pretty dangerous.”

Daniel Luce scored 16 points for the Roadrunners, who lost their sixth consecutive game after opening the season with a 51-45 win over Carrabec.

The Wolverines didn’t press much in the first half, which ended with them leading 34-20.

“We were trying to get a look at some things and do something a little different,” Lawrence said. “We wanted to work on something. We didn’t bring the intensity and the fire we normally do.”

That changed in the second half when the Wolverines used a devastating full-court press to limit Mt. Abram to 14 points.

“We just try to execute and play as a team, and whatever happens happens,” Roberts said. “If we execute well, we play well. If we don’t execute, we don’t put up as many points.”

The Wolverines started the second half with a 16-3 run.

“Usually, we try to push them to one side (of the court) with our big guy and just put pressure on the ball,” Roberts said.

Wiscasset forced the Roadrunners to commit 29 turnovers. Mt. Abram shot 31 percent (14 for 45), and the Wolverines made 29 of 62 shots (46 percent).

Not all of Wiscasset’s wins have been as lopsided. They had a 73-69 win at home against Boothbay and a 47-45 victory at Telstar.

Early next month, the Wolverines will go on the road to play Dirigo and Winthrop, which are currently undefeated.

“We have some big ball games coming up soon,” Lawrence said.