HANCOCK - Don't tell Hancock boys basketball coach Jeff Spielman or Williamsport coach Scott Mowbray that Wednesday's clash between the two county rivals didn't really mean anything.
With the Class 1A West playoff brackets already settled, the game was supposed to be a confidence builder for Hancock - a tuneup and a chance to see how the Panthers would react without forward Dylan Shives, sidelined with an ankle injury.
But it ended up being an ambush as the surging Wildcats used a 20-point performance from Phil Jordan and a smothering defense to stun one of the region's top teams, 57-41.
For Williamsport (12-10), it was a testament to how far Mowbray's Wildcats have come since November.
"We are playing better each game," Mowbray said. "There were times tonight where we let down on offense, but defensively we were there all night."