Wildcats battle to tame Lions

December 06, 2011|By TIM KOELBLE |

WILLIAMSPORT — The final 12 minutes of Tuesday’s game between Williamsport and Broadfording Christian belonged to the Wildcats.

When Williamsport finally emerged with a lead, the Wildcats went on a 34-14 scoring romp to diffuse a stubborn Broadfording 71-51.

Both teams were playing their second game in as many nights and it might have appeared the Wildcats were better suited for the long haul.

Tied 37-all, Alex Aleshire hit a 3-pointer with 3:40 remaining in the third period and Williamsport never looked back, taking a 49-42 lead after three periods and then outscoring the Lions 22-9 in the final eight minutes.

“I’m happy with how we bounced back after the Monday game,” said Williamsport coach Scott Mowbray. “For this time of year, I thought we had fresher legs at the end than I thought we would.”

Williamsport (1-1) needed Aleshire’s 16-point second half to back a team effort to wipe out Broadfording’s first-half effort, which netted the Lions a 29-26 at halftime lead. Broadfording outscored Williamsport 18-7 in the second quarter.

“Alex did a really nice job of running the offense in the second half,” said Mowbray. “He created his own opportunitites. Overall we did a better job of getting into the gaps in the second half.”

Turnovers eventually caught up with the Lions, as they were charged with 11 in the third quarter and fell into serious foul trouble.

The Lions lost starter T.J. Campagna in the third period and 6-foot-7 center Mo Sallah had his fourth with seven seconds left in the third, only to come out and start the fourth quarter and foul out 17 seconds later.

Williamsport salted the game away when it began a 12-0 run beginning at the 6:02 mark of the final period, five points coming from Ryan Crabtree.

“We did a better job of communicating on defense in the second half also,” said Mowbray. “In the first half we had no leader.”

Aleshire hit 10 of 19 from the floor, hit 4 of 6 from the line, had seven rebounds, six assists and six steals in the season’s debut at home.

Tyler Wise contributed 10 points and 11 rebounds for Williamsport and sophomore Brandon Jackson had 14, including three 3-pointers.

Moni Anderson led Broadfording (4-2) with 13 points, Cisco Silva had 10 and Sallah was held to eight.

The Lions would have had a wider margin at halftime had they hit free throws. BCA went 0 for 8 in the first half and ended 8 of 23.

“Not one time did we get into and run our offense,” said Broadfording coach Burnie Clutz. “We are just not transferring our practices into games. We have to begin developing some intelligence.”

Williamsport 71Broadfording Christian 51
Anderson 5 0-3 13, Silva 4 3-10 12, B. Cradduck 3 3-4 9, Sallah 4 0-2 8, T. J. Campagna 1 0-0 2, Durst 2 2-2 7, Wolfe 0 0-2 0. Totals 19 8-23 51.
Crabtree 3 0-0 8, Jackson 5 1-2 14, Butts 1 0-0 2, Aleshire 10 4-6 26, Wise 3 4-7 10, Barr 2 0-0 4,  Fridley 0 2-2 2, Ramirez 2 1-2 5. Totals 26 12-19 71.
Broadfording     11    18    13    9    —    51
Williamsport    19    7    23    22    —    71
3-point goals–Broadfording 5 (Anderson 3, Silva, Durst); Williamsport 7 (Crabtree 2, Jackson 3, Aleshire 2). Rebounds–Broadfording 31 (Silva (13), Williamsport 31 (Wise 10). Fouled out— B: T.J. Campagna, Sallah; W: Jackson. JV—Williamsport 57-26 (B: Zach Campagna 13, W: Wyatt Schreiver 12).

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