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State College boys upend Wolverines

WINGATE – On Saturday night the State College boys basketball team picked up the victory in the jaws of defeat as they rallied back in the fourth quarter after trailing for three and a half quarters to defeat Pittsburgh Area’s Woodland Hills Wolverines 82-71 in the opening round of PIAA Class 6A playoffs held at the Bald Eagle Area gym.
Trailing by 10 going into the final stanza, the Little Lions kept their heads while watching the Wolverines fade down the stretch, outscoring them 31-8 to take the 11-point victory.
Leading the way in the stats was inside man Tommy Sekunda who finished with a team- high 23.
Tommy Friberg netted 14 while his brother Drew Friberg finished with 20.
Woodland Hills was led by outside/inside shooting of Deontae Robertson who battled his way to 20 points.
Teammate Kenneth Lee followed with 17 while teammates Keandre Bowles and Amante Britt both finished with 10.
Trailing 63-53 going into the fourth, State College went right to work as both Rian Scanlon and Tommy Frieberg were a combined perfect 4-for-4 at the line, cutting it to just a six-point deficit.
The Little Lions continued its run as it stiffened its defense and on offense, making every shot count.
After a technical foul called on the Wolverines sent Sekunda to the line after already getting ready for a one-on-one opportunity. He went 3-for-4, cutting the lead even further, 63-61.
A shot in the lane by Lee upped the lead back to three with 6:05 left.
On the following possession, State got the ball back into the hands of Sekunda and he delivered. His jumper made it a one point game once again.
Dashing Movkabee upped the lead once again.
However, State College’s next possession proved to be a costly one for Woodland Hills as one of the strong defensive contributors Tyrese Robinson fouled out.
With the middle opened, the Little Lions went right to work.
From there State went on a 7-0 run, taking the lead for the first time in the game with 4:01 left.
That would be all momentum they needed as they muscled out a 11-5 run to end the contest, 82-71.
Early on the Little Lions trailed 20-14.
The Wolverines held all the cards in the first half, taking a 39-33 into the intermission.
State College lives to play another day as they will play on Wednesday at a site and an opponent to be named later.

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