WILLIAMSPORT — The old adage, “it’s not how you start, it’s how you finish” held true Friday night.
Williamsport had a paltry first half but a solid second half to come from behind and beat Brunswick 41-33 behind Sterling Christy’s 19 points.
The Wildcats’ first half was, for lack of a better word, awful. They trailed by 10 not even three minutes into the game. They didn’t register a single point until the 4:37 mark of the first quarter and their first field goal didn’t come until there were 59 seconds left in the frame.
“We were very stagnant in the first half,” Williamsport coach Scott Mowbray said. “(Brunswick) manhandled us. They got the rebounds and got after every loose ball.”
Williamsport needed some sort of spark after facing a 22-11 halftime deficit. Luckily, Christy was ready to take on that role.
Christy, who is recovering from an ACL injury, managed just one point in the first half, but had 18 in the second half to lead Williamsport’s charge. He also had 10 rebounds.
“I tried to get the momentum back,” Christy said. “We were down at the half and I just tried to hit some shots.”
Christy helped fuel a comeback for the Wildcats, but his recent return to the lineup has given the team more depth.
“The addition of Christy has made a big impact,” Mowbray said. “It’s helped with production on the floor and we’re now deeper on the bench.”
Whatever funk Williamsport was in during the first half must have been contagious because Brunswick fell into a slump of its own after the break.
The Railroaders failed to score a point in the third quarter, allowing Williamsport to crawl back into the game and tie it at 22 with 1:19 remaining in the period on a four-point play by Ryan Butts.
“I thought we had a lot of wasted opportunities in the first half,” Brunswick coach Dan McLane said. “We missed easy shots and didn’t capitalize on our fast breaks.
“(Williamsport was more physical than us in the second half,” McLane stated. “They were stout on defense and didn’t let us get into a flow.”
Christy gave Williamsport its first lead of the game early in the fourth quarter when he hit a long 2-pointer to take a 24-22 lead.
Butts finished with 10 points for the Wildcats, while Tyler Dabbs led Brunswick with seven points.
Williamsport 41, Brunswick 33
WILLIAMSPORT (2-7, 1-4)
Christy 19, Butts 10, Wise 6, Jackson 3, Fridley 2, Seibert 1. Totals 14 12-15 41.
BRUNSWICK (5-5, 3-2)
Dabbs 7, Fawley 6, Fisher 6, Darling 4, Shrew 4, Campbell 3, Price 3. Totals 14 3 -9 33.
Williamsport 5 6 11 19 — 41
Brunswick 12 10 0 11 — 33
3-point goals — Williamsport 1 (Butts), Brunswick 2 (Dabbs, Fawley).