Lions can't find middle ground at Williamsport

December 08, 2007|By LARRY YANOS

WILLIAMSPORT - The Williamsport boys basketball team outscored Broadfording Christian Academy 43-12 in the middle two quarters Friday night and romped to a 76-30 victory.

Guard Eric Wilfong and forward Greg Minnich - two of eight returning Wildcats - directed Williamsport in its season opener with 19 and 13 points, respectively - most of them coming in the middle two periods.

It was the first of seven consecutive December home games for the Wildcats.

Williamsport was a bit sluggish in the first quarter - leading only 12-10 at the buzzer - but took command the rest of the way in handing the Lions their third defeat in six outings.

Wilfong hit two of his three 3-point baskets in the second quarter for the Wildcats.

"It was a typical first game," Williamsport coach Scott Mowbray said. "We couldn't buy a shot in the first quarter, but our press started to force turnovers and we did a better job of shooting and rebounding in the final three quarters."


Mowbray was especially pleased that his team distributed the basketball so well.

"We had over 20 assists, we moved the ball around, and that was nice to see," he said. "We were very unselfish."

Sean Dixon (12 points) and Brandon Easterling (nine points) were major contributors for the Wildcats.

Broadfording was led by Armondo Miller's 10 points.

"We didn't shoot well and made too many unforced turnovers, but I was pleased with the effort," Lions coach Bernie Clutz said. "We'll hopefully learn from a game like this and get better. They controlled the boards and forced us to shoot outside shots, and we had trouble hitting them."

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