Wildcats win MVAL showdown with Knights

January 17, 1997


Staff Correspondent

WILLIAMSPORT - Andy Brown didn't lead the Williamsport Wildcats in points or rebounds Friday night against Middletown. Both of those honors went to Williamsport's other Andy - Andy Artz.

But Brown's 15 points and six offensive rebounds all seemed to come when the Wildcats needed them most as they defeated the Knights, 53-44, to force a tie atop the Monocacy Valley Athletic League standings.

Williamsport (10-1, 7-1) avenged its only loss of the season, a 74-66 double-overtime defeat at the hands of the Knights in December. It was the first MVAL loss of the season for Middletown (8-4, 7-1).


Brown's four biggest points came late in the fourth quarter. After Middletown's Trevor Hillier scored to cut Williamsport's lead to 40-36, Brown was fouled going after a rebound. He made both ends of the bonus to push the lead back to six points.

Following a Middletown turnover, Duc Trieu scored and was fouled on a layup. Trieu missed the free throw, but Brown grabbed the rebound and followed with a putback as the Wildcats pulled out to a 46-36 lead with 2:02 left to play.

"That was the big play," Williamsport coach Kevin Murphy said. "Steve (Ritchie) did a great job getting the ball into Duc, and then Andy follows up that foul shot. That sequence was big."

Mike Main, who led the Knights with 15 points, hit two free throws and a jumper from the foul line to get the Knights back to within six with 1:27 to go. But Rusty Tritsch hit the first of two free throws and Artz put back the rebound of the second for a 49-40 lead.

"There's no shame in losing to a good team, and that's what we did tonight," Middletown coach Tim Leber said. "They played great defense and just did a job on us on the boards. They're a solid team that could go a long way this year."

Artz got the Wildcats off to a strong start, scoring 12 points and grabbing 10 rebounds in the first half. His 3-pointer at the start of the second period put Williamsport in front, 20-9. Brown later scored twice off offensive rebounds to give the Wildcats their biggest lead at 30-15.

"Andy (Brown) did the kinds of things tonight that he needs to do to make us a great team," Murphy said. "He did a great job on the offensive boards, got to the foul line and made some big shots. When teams concentrate on Artz, that's what we need him to do."

Artz finished the game with 20 points and 15 rebounds.

Hillier had 10 points for Middletown.

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