Boys Basketball: Knights shield off Wildcats to hold on for victory

February 15, 2012|By BRETT NIEVES | Staff Correspondent

WILLIAMSPORT — Middletown placed three scorers in double figures and held off a late Williamsport rally on Wednesday for a 53-50 victory over the Wildcats.

Williamsport trailed by nine points with just under 90 seconds remaining and nearly came back against the Knights. Middletown needed some clutch free-throw shooting to ice the game.

“Williamsport’s a tough team,” Middletown coach Aaron White said. “We knew we were going to have our hands full tonight.”

The Knights (10-11) trailed for much of the first half but erased the deficit with a 8-0 run to start the second half to gain a lead they never relinquished.

“I think we were really able to calm down at the half,” White said. “The kids were more relaxed in the second half.”

Zack Fontenot led Middletown with 17 points, while Mike Pritts finished with 14 points — all in the second half — and Ethan Winn recorded 10 points.

Pritts, a 90-percent free throw shooter, got eight of his points with late foul shots.

Williamsport (10-11) grabbed a 13-9 lead after the first quarter before stumbling in the middle periods, allowing Middletown to capitalize.

The Wildcats managed just six points in the second quarter and trailed 19-18 at halftime.

“We had plenty of scoring opportunities,” Williamsport coach Scott Mowbray said. “But we couldn’t finish from the floor or the line.”

Williamsport shot a below-par 42.8 percent (9-for-21) from the foul line, compared to Middletown’s 82.3 percent (14-for-17).

“We shot horrendous tonight,” Mowbray said. “Our defense kept us in the game in the first half.”

Tyler Wise paced Williamsport with 15 points and Sterling Christy ended up with 14 points for the Wildcats.

Middletown 53, Williamsport 50
Fontenot 17, Pritts 14, Winn 10, Remsberg 6, Mills 4, Panther 2. Totals 18 14-17 53.
Wise 15, Christy 14, Aleshire 7, Jackson 7, Butts 4, Crabtree 3. Totals 19 9-21 50.
Middletown     9    9    14    21    —    53
Williamsport     13    6    6    25    —    50
3-point goals — Middletown 3 (Fontenot); Williamsport 3 (Crabtree, Jackson, Wise).

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