TOWANDA - Red-hot shooting by the Black Knights had Athens down 36-27 at the half.

However, a big offensive day from Luke Wright and a strong defensive effort in the second half allowed the Wildcats to stay unbeaten in NTL East play with a 63-53 win.

"It was a tale of two halves," Athens coach Bob Fauver said. "I thought the first half we gave them too many open looks at three and they hit six of their eight trees in the first half.

"We controlled the pace a little bit in the second half and we limited them to two threes. I thought we played better defense in the second half and limited their outside shooting."

Athens held the Black Knights to just 17 points in the second half, while the Athens offense scored 36 second half points in the victory.

Luke Wright led Athens with 21 points, scoring at least four points in every quarter.

"It was his best offensive game of the year," Fauver said.

Garrett Clark had 13 for the Wildcats and Brandon Fauver had 10 in the game, while Curt Moore finished with nine points.

Dan Moyer had six points for Athens and Robert Fauver finished with four for the Wildcats.

Mooore had nine boards and Wright had six rebounds, while Clark had seven rebounds and Brandon Fauver added five rebounds. Clark had five steals and four assists, Wright had two steals and three assists and Jarrett Priester finished with three assists.

Noah Huff led Towanda with 26 points, including five threes. 18 of Huff's points cam in the first half, including 11 in the second quarter when Towanda had 23 points.

David Rodenhizer had 14 points for the Black Knights and Joel Miller had 10 points. Tristan James finished with two points for Towanda and Garrett Mosier had one point.

Rodenhizer had five rebounds and Mosier had five boards, along with a steal and a blocked shot. Rodenhizer and Lij Griffen each had two assists.

Towanda won the JV game 41-33. Bailey Potter led Towanda with 15 and James had nine, while Ryan Segar led Athens with eight and Aaron Barry finished with seven.

Athens hosts Johnson City on Monday.

Waverly 62, Newfield 51

Down one entering the fourth quarter the Wolverines scored 21 points in the final quarter to get the victory.

The win was the 100th coaching victory for Waverly's Lou Judson.

"It feels great, after the game was over all the fans from Waverly held up a 100 win sign coach Judson and gave me a standing ovation," Judson said. "They have always supported the program and tonight they showed their support for me. We were down one point in the fourth quarter tonight and I just got a sense my players weren't going to let this one slip away. It was a big win for us, our win streak keeps going and is at six now."

For Waverly it was tough early as they fell behind playing their first road game in nearly a month.

"It's special home or away you will always take a win, but knowing we haven't been on the road in over four weeks, our last road game was Notre Dame at Notre Dame, we had five straight home games. You could tell we were out of sorts, but we got the win and they did what they had to do to win."

Chris Raupers had 19 and Patric Bronson finished with 16 for the Wolverines.

Dylan Perry had 10 points for Waverly and Cody Marchese had five points, while Zach Cooney and Alex Uyhl each had four points and Ryan McFarland had three points.

Raupers had eight rebounds, Marchese had seven boards and five assists, Cooney had seven boards and Perry had four steals and four assists.

Newfield won the JV game 49-45. Alex Volpe led Waverly with 11.

Waverly is at Odessa-Montour on Tuesday.

Wyalusing 52, NEB 41

The Rams got a career-high 20 points from Shane Salsman and 10 points each from Cody Pickett and Jeremy Allyn as they got the win Friday.

Allyn had a double-double, adding 13 rebounds, and Jonah Shotwell finished with five points.

Terron Millard had three points and Dylan Bulick and Matt Woodruff each finished with two points in the win.

Salsman had six boards and Bulick had four, while Pickett finished with four assists and Shotwell, Allyn, Salsman and Bulick each had two. Pickett and Shotwell each had four steals and Allyn had three steals.

Todd Bonin led Northeast with 12 and Jordan Goodwin had a double-double with 10 points and 13 rebounds. He nearly had a triple-double, adding eight blocked shots. Shawn Hakes had nine points Elijah Arias had eight, while Mason Merrill and Andy Seeley each finished with two points.

Hakes had eight boards and two assists, Bonin had two assists, four blocks and five steals and Goodwin added two steals.

Wyalusing won the JV game 45-31. Isaac Bennett led Wyalusing with 13 and Nikolas Geiser led Northeast with 16.

Wyalusing is at Troy on Wednesday.

Canton 66, Troy 54

Emmett Watson had 22 points for Canton and Eddie Larcom finished with 17 in the win.

Wes Moore finished with 10 points for Canton and Jesse Lattimer had eight points, while Mason Moore had seven points and Tim Bassett finished with two points.

Evan Polly led Troy with 18 and Brandon Mattocks finished with 17.

Jed Wright had eight in the game and Ryan Reeves finished with five points. Chad Cole had four points and Thomas Swain added two points.

Mansfield 46, Williamson 37

The Tigers bounced back as they picked up an NTL West boy's basketball win Friday.

Mansfield led 30-22 at the half but the Warriors fought back in the third quarter, out scoring Mansfield 10-8. However, the Tigers held Williamson to five points in the fourth quarter to secure the win.

Dallas Dziuba had a double-double of 13 points and 15 boards to lead Mansfield while Bo Burleigh added 11 points, six boards and three assists.

Also for the Tigers, Reece Correll had 10 points, seven rebounds and six steals, Taylor Hillson added seven points, seven boards and three assists while Sam Rotella rounded out the scoring with five points.

Troy Adriance led Williamson, hitting four threes for 12 points while Hunter Huyett added 11. Shea Daley netted eight, Nick Cevette scored four with Canyon Black adding two.

Mansfield won the JV game 53-28 behind 13 from Ryan Campbell.

Williamson will host Liberty next Wednesday while Mansfield travels to Towanda.

Wellsboro 74, CV 32

The Green Hornets got 20 points from Mike Pietropola as four Wellsboro players hit double figures in the win.

Dawson Prough had 13 points and Kieron Smethers and Joe Doganiero finished with 10 points each.

Matt Reese finished with nine points and Jrodan Jackson had six points.

Kyle Widows had four points and Dylan Prough added two in the game.

Pietropola had six boards, two assists and three steals and Smethers had six assists, four steals and two blocks.

Bryant Painter had 11 to lead the Indians and Luke Plummer had nine.

Josh Nudd finished with three opints and Nate Bonham, Brandon Whitesell and Tyler Melko had two points each.

Wellsboro won the JV game 43-32 with Daweson Prough and Dylan Widows each leading the Green Hornets with 12.

Wellsboro is home Friday against Williamson.

Notre Dame 40, SVE 27

The Crusaders had a dominant defensive performance, holding Spencer to five points in the second and third quarters on Friday as they moved to 10-0 on the year.

"We had a good game plan," Notre Dame coach Bill Hopkins said. "To hold a good team on their home floor with players like Ellis and Carter to five points over two quarters, that's pretty impressive.

"The defense always travels. The offense doesn't. That's what we did, defensively I thought it was really one of our best games all season long. We mixed and matched witha host of players, we guarded them very well, I'm very proud of them."

Darius Garvin led the Crusaders with 14 points and Nate Niles and Devon Jackson each had five points.

Hunter Thomas and Ryan Hale had four points and Chris Roe and Derek Marshall had three points each, while Jonas McCaig had two points.

Garvin had 10 boards and Jackson had eight rebounds. Thomas and Sean Brown each had three steals and Garvin had two blocks.

Notre Dame won the JV game.

The Notre Dame boys and girls host Edison on Tuesday with the varsity girls at 6, and the varsity boys to follow.

Sayre 66, Liberty 39

Marshall Higley had a career-high 20 points and Nate Williams had 14 as Sayre scored 43 first-half points on their way to the win.

Higley had a double-double adding 11 rebounds, three assists and a steal.

Adam Wampole had eight points in the game and Nick Skerpon had six points, while Jeremy Kyc finished with five points and Gab Nobles had four points.

Nick Sweet had three points for Sayre and Cuyler Kochin, Joey Galizia and Seth Murrelle each finished with two points.

Murrelle had two steals and Adam Wampole had three assists and three boards, while Williams had four boards, eight assists, a block and a steal. Skerpon had two steals and Kyc had five rebounds.

Liberty got 12 points from Cody Schmouder and Jacob Spring had nine points, while J.J. Walker finished with seven points.

Cody Fritz had six points, Tyler Upham had four points and Dalton Litzelman added one point.

Spring had six boards and an assist, Upham and Fritz and Schmouder each had four boards and Walker and Dillon Ford each had three rebounds.

Sayre won the JV game 49-35. Marshall Felt led Sayre with 14 and Marcos Velazquez had nine points.