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MC boys hang tough for three; falls late to Lewisburg

By Kenny Varner

LEWISTOWN – They went down fighting.

For three quarters, the MIfflin County boys’ basketball team were in striking distance of their Monday opponent Lewisburg.

Connor Cherry was the workhorse for the Huskies as he had 20 points in the game, help keeping his team in the game. Cherry was one rebound shy of posting a double-double finishing with nine boards.

Xavier Vega came on strong late in the contest posting a 14-point effort before being taken out late in the fourth quarter.

Vega highlighted the game with a buzzer beating 3-pointer to end the first half and put his team within two at the intermission.

However, despite the strong early efforts by MIfflin County, the Dragons got to the offensive boards late and used them to their ut most and finished with the 68-46 victory at MIfflin County high school.

In the first quarter, Lewisburg opened the game when the Dragons’ Ben Liscum hit one-of-two from the foul line just seconds into the game.

Cherry put his team up 2-1 after pulling down an offensive board and putting it back up.

After a short 4-0 Lewisburg run, Cherry posted his second basket after hitting a shot in traffic.

The Dragons went up 10-4, until a jumper by Owen Wise.

Lewisburg added a bucket before Cherry scored the final three points of the quarter.

Going into the second, MIfflin County was down by just three points, 12-9.

In the second, the two went toe-to-toe with an explosive ending to the first half.

Cherry brought his team to within one hitting a runner in the lane.

A triple by Lewisburg’s Peter Lantz gave his team some breathing room, 15-11.

But Cherry was persistent and strong in the middle, taking another bucket for his 11th point of the young game.

Back fought the Dragons as they went on a 5-0 run, upping their lead to 20-13.

However, four consecutive points by Cole Knable and a foul shot by Jace Shoemaker, brought the deficit back to just two.

With 49 seconds left in the half, Lewisburg’s Nick Shedleski hit a jumper putting his team ahead by five again.

But with time running out, Vega got the ball down the court and hit from long range as the buzzer sounded, ending the half with a 24-22 deficit.

But in the third, Lewisburg outscored MIfflin County 19-12, going into the final stanza leading 45-34.

Vega was the bright spot in the final stanza, posting 11 points in the period.

However, MIfflin County struggled to add much more, falling 68-46.

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