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State College overpowers Altoona to capture D6 title

By Kenny Varner

CRESSON – They made it look easy!

The State College boys basketball team rolled early and continue to put pressure on Altoona in the District 6 Class 6A championship contest Monday night at Mount Aloysius.

When the dust settled and the final buzzer sounded, the Little Lions would come out victorious in a 63-42 contest.

Leading the way for State College was Isaac Dye who finished with a game high 21-points. Dye was a threat inside the paint and outside the three-point line.

Teammate Jaden Mitchell grinded out 20 points. Highlighting his night was a fourth quarter dunk.

Altoona got a strong night from Ashton Bardell as he battled to the final buzzer, posting 13.

State College trailed just once in the game, trailing 1-0 on a free throw by the Mountain Lions’ Evan Alwine.

State College took the momentum from there.

Mitchell got the scoring going for the Little Lions, hitting on a inside bucket with a jumper. That would start a 7-0 run that would add a triple by Dye and a midrange jumper by Ryan Perks, upping the lead to 7-1.

Alwine stopped the consecutive buckets by State as he back his way in for a short jumper, cutting the deficit to 7-3 with 3:01 left.

It wouldn’t take long for State College to get back to its scoring ways as they added a 6-0, thanks to triples by Mitchell and Dye, increasing its lead to 13-3.

Both teams would add buckets in the final minutes.

Going into the second quarter, the Little Lions were in charge 15-5.

Braeden Shrewsberry opened up the second quarter with a triple from the top of the 3-point line, making it an 18-5 ball game.

Altoona followed with a triple of its own on the Mountain Lions’ next possession.

Bardell let it fly from way behind the arc for the three, cutting it back to just a 10-point State College lead.

The Little Lions got some strong plays from its defense, leading to another 6-0 run.

With the run, State College padded its lead to 24-8.

After a short 5-0 scoring spurt by Altoona, State College continued its dominance from the arc.

Hitting another clutch triple was Kevin McKenna to put the momentum securely in the Little Lions corner.

When the intermission got underway, State College had built up an 11-point lead.

Going into the third, the Little Lions continued to roll as it started with a 29-18.

Things started to heat up for State College as it put the game on ice after three quarters.

When the two teams stepped into the final stanza, the Little Lions held a very secure 48-32 advantage.

There was no let down in State College’s game in the fourth as they continued to light things up resulting in the 63-42 victory.

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