Bad third quarter dooms Mansfield in loss to St. John Neumann
WILLIAMSPORT - Early in the third quarter Mansfield looked like they might pull off the upset of top seed and undefeated St. John Neumann.
Then the bottom fell out.
"The third quarter killed us," Mansfield coach Kipper Burleigh said. "We had a couple turnovers, poor shot selection and that put them on a run."
That run propelled Neumann to a 74-62 win in District IV, Class A boys' basketball action Tuesday.
The Knights led 19-13 after one but Mansfield's defense held them to 12 points in the second quarter, making it a 31-30 Neumann lead at the half.
But in the third Neumann out scored them 23-11 to pull away.
"They just really killed us on the glass," Burleigh remarked. "We had a hard time blocking out and keeping them out of the paint. For three quarters a great effort from our kids."
Bo Burleigh had 22 points, seven boards and two assists to lead the Tigers while Jarrod Burd added 11 points and three steals.
Bryce Zaparzynski scored 10 points while Brady Andrews had five with four boards, three assists and two steals.
J.P. Shaw chipped in with six points and four boards while Chandler Correll had five points.
Nasza Short led Neumann with 28 points while Aleize Johnson scored 24. Kevin Burkholder added 10 for the District IV defending champions.
Mansfield will now take on Galeton for the consolation final.
"We need to regroup mentally," Burleigh.