Applemen show 'Cats tall, short of it

January 21, 2009|By TIM KOELBLE

INWOOD, W.Va. -- For a few fleeting moments, Williamsport entertained the thought of becoming the first team to knock off Musselman.

Late into the first half and well into the third period, No. 2 Musselman tossed any Wildcat notions aside and rolled to a 66-53 victory on Tuesday night to move to a perfect 11-0.

"We missed some shots and (Musselman) goes on that run at the end of the first half and that was a big difference," said Williamsport coach Scott Mowbray.

Down 17-10 late in the first quarter, Williamsport rallied and had the game knotted 19-19 after a bucket by Michael Warrenfeltz at the 4:02 mark.


Then, the Applemen became assertive with fullcourt pressure and took advantage of missed Wildcat shots over a span of three minutes to give Musselman a 28-19 lead, started with five points from 6-foot-5 junior Morgan McDonald.

And it didn't help Williamsport that Musselman made it tougher with a change in defense.

"We switched defensively to a 2-3 zone in the second period," said Musselman coach Derek Basile. "(Williamsport) was very aggressive in the beginning and we had a tough time."

With a 29-21 halftime lead, Musselman went bonkers in the third period hitting 11 of 13 shots to lead 54-29 after three quarters.

Two other big boys, 6-foot-6 Jeff Daniels and 6-5 Logan Holloman, each had six points and guards Derek Brown and Jonathan Alvarez each had five during the onslaught.

Practically all of Musselman's damage was in the paint as the Applemen used their superior height advantage and good guard play pulling in traps and finding their big mates under the hoop.

"We didn't finish a lot of plays early but we did in the third quarter," said Basile. "That's the nature of our game to go inside."

McDonald led the Applemen with 22 points, Holloman had 11 and Daniels had 10 in frontcourt domination of the Wildcats and the vastly improved Alvarez had six assists.

Frustrated for the second straight game, Mowbray pointed to the third period in the scorebook and looked at the 25 points Musselman scored. It was the second straight game Williamsport was hit with a big quarter out of the lockers -- Clear Spring put up 20 in last Friday's victory.

"It's not that we are playing bad, we're missing good shots, just not knocking them down," said Mowbray.

Only a late flurry of scoring by the Wildcats left the outcome respectable with a 16-6 run in the last four minutes including 3-pointers by Stephen Christy, Trey Malott and Brandon Easterling.

Warrenfeltz led Williamsport with 12 points before fouling out, Malott had 11 points and Christy 10.

Musselman takes its show on the road Friday for a first-ever meeting at Washington, and should the Applemen get past the Patriots, an Eastern Panhandle showdown next Tuesday would tip off at Martinsburg.

"We've got Washington and that won't be an easy game," said Basile.

Williamsport continues its tough stretch in effort to break a two-game losing streak with a road game Friday against Allegany and home encounters next week against North Hagerstown and Brunswick.

"(Musselman, I hope, is the toughest team we'll play all year," said Mowbray, "but I really think we can take some things away from tonight that will help us."

Musselman 66, Williamsport 53

Arnone 3, Christy 10, McKenrick 4, Warrenfeltz 12, McCauley 6, Easterling 7, Malott 11. Totals 16 16-25 53.
Alvarez 8, Daniels 10, Holloman 11, McDonald 22, Brown 5, Pons 6, Curtis 1, Michael 3. Totals 28 8-26 66.
Williamsport 14 7 8 24 -- 24
Musselman 17 12 25 12 -- 66

3-point goals -- Williamsport 5 (Christy 2, Malott 2, Easterling); Musselman 2 (Brown, Alvarez). Fouled out -- Warrenfeltz. JV -- Musselman, 45-37 (W: Xavier Green 18; M: Kyle Butler 9).

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