WILLIAMSPORT - Williamsport boys basketball coach Scott Mowbray made clear his opinion that the absence of injured center Greg Minnick was not a factor in Thursday night's 49-37 loss to Poolesville in the Maryland Class 1A West East Sectional final.
"Greg being hurt is not the reason we lost, and I don't care what anyone else thinks," he said.
And in a way, he's right - because it would be an injustice to Poolesville to overlook how well the Falcons played.
Poolesville (16-9) executed its halfcourt offense with patience the entire night - never settling for a bad shot - and finished 13-for-25 from the floor. On defense, the Falcons' matchup zone gave Williamsport (19-5) few easy opportunities. And when the game came down to foul shooting, Poolesville made 15 of 18 in the fourth quarter to put the Wildcats away.
"They have a nice team," Mowbray said. "They put five guys on the floor who can pass, catch and shoot the ball. They had good discipline. They're a good team."