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Boys Basketball: Christy's 32 points power Wildcats past 'Roaders

February 01, 2013|By BOB PARASILITI | bobp@herald-mail.com

WILLIAMSPORT — No matter the situation, the Williamsport boys basketball team had a Silver Lining Playbook on Friday night.

And it was a Sterling silver.

Sterling Christy provided what bordered on an Academy Award performance with 32 points and five assists on Friday to help the Wildcats to an efficient — if sometimes disheveled — 62-52 MVAL Antietam victory over Brunswick.

Christy set the tone with his passing early before taking the game over in three critical stretches to allow the Wildcats (8-8, 7-4) to distance themselves from the very physical Railroaders (10-7, 7-4).

“We played really well today,” said Williamsport coach Scott Mowbray. “But there were still times we made some poor decisions and didn’t play situation basketball. We tried to make plays that we didn’t need to force.

“Sterling had a good all-round basketball game. I look at the book and see he had 32 points but he had some assists to get us going, too. He did a good job finishing shots.”

And he did all his work in key situations.

In the first quarter, Christy and Riley Arnone set up Nick Johnson as he scored 10 of the Wildcats’ first 12 points for an early 14-4 lead. Christy scored the other two points.

“This is as well as I have played,” Christy said. “I don’t know why.”

“I was just getting good options with the help of my teammates, but the passes to Nick helped open it up,” Christy added.

Brunswick made a run with a 14-5 flurry to crawl within 19-18 with 5:50 to go in the half.

Christy found Arnone with a pass for a layup, before scoring eight of Williamsport’s next 10 points — six coming on back-to-back three-point plays — to cap a 17-2 run that gave the Wildcats a 36-20 lead with 1:50 left before intermission. Williamsport led 39-22 at the half.

“Sterling did a good job attacking the defense,” Mowbray said. “We wanted to get the ball inside, so when they were in a zone he did a good job getting into the gaps, and against the man he worked the baseline. He did a good job finishing.”

Brunswick started the second half with a 6-0 run, started on a four-point play by Zach Hossler, to force Mowbray to call time. The Railroaders started to play more physical defense to shake the Wildcats loose.

The Railroaders got within 41-33 with 4:28 left in the quarter before the Wildcats closed out the period with an 8-5 run. Christy scored the final six points of the quarter.

“I like it when they play physical,” Christy said. “It inspires me to play harder.”

Christy scored the first seven points of the fourth quarter to allow the Wildcats to take a 56-38 lead before they started to go four corners to milk the clock.

Some of the bad decisions Mowbray spoke of allowed Brunswick to work its way back into the game. Williamsport’s passive stall tactics fell into the Railroaders’ trap to close the final score.

Johnson finished with 16 points for the Wildcats.

Blaine Price scored 13 for Brunswick, which played much of the game with Dallas Darling in foul trouble.

Williamsport 62, Brunswick 51
BRUNSWICK (10-7, 7-4)
Hossler 6, Darling 7, Frawley 2, Axline 5, Nussbaum 9, Price 13, Wenner 2, Smith 6, Handy 2. Totals 20 8-11 52.
WILLIAMSPORT (8-8, 7-4)
Crabtree 3, Arnone 7, Christy 32, Cross 2, Johnson 16, Seibert 2. Totals 22 16-26 62.
Brunswick    11    11    16    14    —    52
Williamsport    16    23    10    13    —    62
3-point goals — Brunswick 4 (Nussbaum 2, Axline, Hossler), Williamsport 2 (Crabtree, Arnone). Fouled out — Darling, Johnson.

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