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Wildcats bounce back at home

February 15, 2011|By WILL ROBINSON | Staff Correspondent

WILLIAMSPORT — After a heartbreaking Monday loss against South Hagerstown knocked the Williamsport boys basketball team out of sole possession of the MVAL Antietam conference title, the Wildcats needed some good news heading into their last home game of the season.

And boy, did they ever get it.

Stephen Christy led the Wildcats’ Senior Night with 22 points as they mauled the Manchester Valley Mavericks, 76-45. Tuesday’s win gives Williamsport an undefeated 12-0 home record.

“It was a nice way to bounce back after a disappointing loss yesterday,” said Williamsport coach Scott Mowbray. “It was a nice way for our seniors to go out. We went undefeated at home, and everybody got quality minutes.”

The first quarter featured crisp passing from the Wildcats (19-2) as they jumped out to a 24-10 lead, one they never relinquished.

Brandon McCauley and Alex Aleshire led the period with five points apiece as Williamsport recorded seven of their 19 total assists.

Manchester Valley’s Greg Bonner scored all of his team’s first quarter points en route to a game-high 23 for the Mavericks (5-16).

Williamsport went from passing to picking in the second quarter, as the Wildcats recorded six steals while stretching their lead to 45-21 at the half.

The Wildcats defense made it easy on shot selection, which led the Wildcats to 71 percent shooting in the first half.

“We’ve got to get back to playing as a team. We’ve got to get back to where we want to be,” said Christy, who also had five steals and four rebounds.

The second half was all Williamsport, as Manchester Valley lost its stroke and never got it back. Connor Arnone scored eight of his 18 points in the second half and Aleshire added six as the Wildcats shot 48 percent as a team.

Aleshire was a third Wildcat in double figures with 13 points and Arnone led the ’Cats in rebounding with eight.

Meanwhile, the Mavericks went just 6 of 24 from the floor in the second half.

Mowbray acknowledged the Senior Night win, but he is still trying to keep his team focused for the playoffs.

“We have to play with passion and a sense of urgency, the playoffs are not far away,” sad Mowbray. “When you’re in tight games you have to play with a sense that it is one and done. We can’t take any plays off. It’s getting to that time of the year.”

JV: Williamsport, 52-31 (W: Domally 15).

Williamsport 76, Manchester Valley 45
MANCHESTER VALLEY (5-16)

Nazelrod 1 0-0 2, Windisch 1 0-0 3, Griffith 1 0-0 3, Turner 2 0-0 6, Boyle 1 2-2 4, Bonner 7 7-7 23, Crim 1 2-3 4. Totals 14 11-12 45.
WILLIAMSPORT (19-2)
McCauley 4 0-0 9, Arnone 7 3-3 18, Gozora 1 0-0 2, Myers 2 0-0 4, Miller 1 0-0 2, Christy 9 2-2 22, Aleshire 5 2-4 13, Wise 3 0-1 6. Totals 32 7-9 76.
Manchester Valley    10    11    10    14    —    45
Williamsport    24    21    19    12    —    76

3-point goals — Manchester Valley 6 (Bonner 2, Turner 2, Griffith, Windisch); Williamsport 5 (Christy 2, Aleshire, Arnone, McCauley). Rebounds — Manchester Valley 23 (Crim 6), Williamsport 30 (Arnone 8). Turnovers — Manchester Valley 13, Williamsport 8.

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