MANSFIELD - Sullivan County's defense and ability to attack the paint would be the story of the Griffins 58-19 rout over Galeton in their opening game of the District Four A boys' basketball playoffs.

Sullivan County forced the ball into the paint early and often on their way to 17 first quarter points. The Griffins would not concede a basket until the opening minute of the second quarter.

Galeton's inability to get anything going offensively was in large part due to the lockdown defense of the Griffins, as they kept their opponent from getting to the basket for much of the game. "We try to guard the paint as much as we can," Sullivan County Head Coach Glen Vaughan said. "They're a scrappy team, but we felt defensively we could hold them down."

The Griffins showed no signs of slowing down through the first half, holding a comfortable 41-3 lead heading into the halftime break.

The Griffins' offensive production came from everyone on the floor, as the team totaled ten assists and saw ten different players score in the win.

Guards Lucas Hatton and Thomas Choplick combined for six of the teams 10 total assists. Hatton finished with one point and three assists and Choplick contributed four points, 3 assists and two steals in the Griffins' win.

"Our guys really like playing with each other," Vaughan said. "Anytime they're on the floor they look to set each other up."

For the Griffins, Connor Wylie led all scorers with 12 points and grabbed 13 rebounds, Jordan Beinlich finished with nine points and four steals, Robert Frank scored nine points and added five rebounds, Zachary Myers had nine points and two rebounds, Kelby Mullen added four points and three rebounds, and Miguel Rodriguez contributed three points in the victory.

Sullivan County's dominance slowed in the second half, as the Griffin's allowed Galeton to score sixteen of their nineteen total points in the final two quarters. Even though the Griffins beat their opponent handily, Vaughan hopes that his team can continue to improve going forward.

"In the second half it felt like Galeton out hustled us," Vaughan said. "We've got to change (being outhustled) really quick because we've got a really tough, scrappy Lourdes team coming up."

Sullivan County will face Lourdes in the semi-finals next week.