By JACK HILL III
HANCOCK - The Mount Savage Indians pulled away from the Hancock Panthers in the second half to record a 76-53 victory on Tuesday night in a Mid-Appalachian League boys' basketball game.
The victory enabled Mount Savage (11-7, 5-0) to clinch the Mid-Appalachian League championship for the second straight year.
Mount Savage led by only 30-26 at halftime.
But, during the first three minutes of the third quarter, the Indians outscored the Panthers 13-2 to increase their advantage to 43-28. However, Hancock put together a streak of nine consecutive points during the next two minutes, which was capped by a three-pointer from Justin Martinez, to narrow the gap to 43-37.
After that, Mount Savage outscored Hancock 8-4 for the last three minutes of the period to extend its lead to 51-41. Mike Brailer scored four of his six third-quarter points during the final three minutes for Mount Savage.