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MC boys fall to Whitehall; place second

LEWISTOWN – It was a tough night on the hardwood for the Mifflin County Huskies boys’ basketball team Saturday night.

After defeating a scrappy Northern York team Friday night, the locals fell in the Huskies Tip-Off Tournament to Whitehall in a stunning 55-25 contest.

“We adjust real well. We kind of let them force their pace onto us and we needed to do that. We knew that before the game and they knew that,” Coach Spencer said. “They forced a slower pace for us on offense. We weren’t pushing it up and then on defense we didn’t defend real well tonight. Shots aren’t always going to go in but you can play defense hard every night. Tonight we just play hard.”

Despite the loss, teammates Evan Seby and Nate Koller finished as All-Tournament team nominees.

Only four players scored for the Huskies in the Saturday evening contest. Koller led the way for Mifflin County with 10 while Seby tallied nine on three triples. Rounding out the scorers for the Huskies were Peyton Reesman (4) and Colin Spencer (2).

The Zephers were led by Brett Rodocha with game high 15 points. He was the only player on the Whitehall squad that tallied over the double-digit mark.

Teammates Chad Rex and Gianni Sinatore finished with eight apiece.

In the first half, Whitehall started strong scoring 17 points while holding the Huskies to just two Seby triples.

The Zephers seemed to be one step faster than Mifflin County, using it in the transition game as they went right at the heart of the Huskies’ defense, making it 17-6 as the second quarter got underway.

Both defenses took center stage in the second quarter as Whitehall was held to only six points in the stanza.

Unfortunately for Mifflin County, the offense was only able to produce one field goal in the quarter, that coming from Reesman.

When the two teams went into the intermission, the Huskies found themselves trailing 23-8.

After exchanging threes to open the third quarter, the Zephers went on a dominating 12-4 run to increase their lead going into the final stanza, leading 38-16.

Most of the scoring came from breakdowns in the defense as Whitehall had control of the middle of the paint.

Mifflin County refused to go down without a fight, opening the final stanza by going on a quick 5-0 scoring run. Scoring points in the mini run was Koller. Koller’s triple and two points from the charity stripe brought the Huskies to within 17 points at 38-21.

Defensively, the Huskies attacked the Zephers in-bounding with a full court press but it was not successful on this night as Whitehall found a way of getting the ball down the court to the tune of a 17-point quarter. Mifflin County could only muster nine in the final stanza en route to the 30-point loss.

The weekend was not a total loss for the home team.

On the weekend, the Huskies went 1-1 and finished as 2014 Husky tip-off tournament runner up.


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