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Philipsburg-Osceola holds off charge by BEA to secure the Mountain League victory

By Kenny Varner

WINGATE – Philipsburg-Osceola used its clutch rebounding and strong inside game to hold off a strong effort by the Bald Eagle Area boys basketball team Thursday night at Bald Eagle High School.

The Mounties out rebounded the Eagles 33-18 in the 54-42 victory.

Jeremy Whitehead led the offensive charge, finishing with a double-double by scoring 21 points and pulling down 26 rebounds in the victory.

Oliver Harpster chipped in with a 13-point effort and seven rebounds.

Bald Eagle’s Cam Watkins helped the Eagles in a late run at the Mounties lead finishing with a 13-point effort. He also finished with seven rebounds.

Teammate Alex Gavlock also netted 13 in a losing effort.

After a close first half where Philipsburg-Osceola held a 29-19 advantage, the Eagles came out in the third and got the game to within one.

Philipsburg’s Tristan Doyle opened the second half with a tricky shot underneath, upping the lead to 31-19.

Gavlock took the game back to within 10 as he stopped and popped a jumper inside the key.

The Mounties extended the lead once again on an Oliver Harpster triple, making it a 34-21 contest with  6:08 left in the period.

But then the Eagles started to get hot offensively.

Bald Eagle went on a 5-0 run, keeping it under a double-digit deficit.

Whitehead stopped the run, upping the lead back to 10 on a mid-range jumper, making it a 36-26 contest.

Tyler Serb cut the lead back down  to seven as he hit a triple with 3:04 left in the third.

Philipsburg was able to keep its double-digit advantage as the two teams went into the final stanza.

Early on, the Eagles defense was frustrating the Mounties offense forcing them to turn the ball over and chip into the lead.

With 4:52, Watkins hit a shot to take the game a 7-point deficit.

From there, the Mounties were able to take advantage of the Eagles fouling to hold on to the 54-42 win.

The Mounties was clutch under pressure when it needed to be and were strong in the final stanza.

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