MANSFIELD - When the game ended on Tuesday it was the Loyalsock Lancers getting an 85-73 win over Towanda, to earn their third straight trip to the District 4, Class AA final.

However, what nearly everyone who left Decker Gymnasium Tuesday night will be talking about is the performance of junior Noah Huff and the Black Knights.

Huff scored 36 points, 16 in the third quarter, on 11-for-16 shooting and 11-for-11 from the foul line as the Black Knights rallied from 22 down at one point in the first half to close within five in the fourth quarter.

"He was phenomenal," Loyalsock coach Ron Insinger, the state's all-time wins leader who got his 825th career win Tuesday, said. "They both were (Huff and teammate David Rodenhizer who had 22). I can't remember the last time a kid put up 36 against us. And, the thing is, it wasn't really bad defense either. He earned every point he had. He was dead on."

The problem for Towanda in the game was every time Huff and the Black Knights scored, the Lancers had the answer as they shot 56.5% from the floor and 7-for-12 from three.

"We attempt to answer whenever someone puts some hurting on us," Insinger said. "We lost our momentum at the tail end of the first half and had some of the wind taken out of our sails and I think they fed off that momentum in the second half."

All game long Huff knew he was on, but he also knew he had to be on if the Black Knights wanted to hang with the state's fourth-ranked team.

"Right from the beginning I felt it," he said. "I had to feel it. I knew I had to keep making shots."

Towanda coach Ryan Napp was happy with the effort out of his team.

"I've been proud of them the whole year," he said. "We knew Loyalsock was a very good team, but we also knew we were really good too.

"We knew how quick they were going to be, but in the first quarter I think it took us some time to get used to that speed."

Loyalsock jumped out to a 24-11 lead after one quarter and while Towanda fought back, they were never able to fully recover.

Towanda's players were happy they were able to fight back.

"We could have just given up at the beginning, but we didn't," Huff said. "The team stepped up.

Towanda played the type of game they wanted, but Loyalsock also played well.

"When you play against a top ranked team in the state you have got to make shots," Napp said. "The problem was we were hoping we would play the way we did and we would catch them in an off shooting night and we didn't."

The Black Knights coach thought his team did everything they could to win the game, however he also thought Loyalsock did everything they could do right.

"We did everything we needed to get the upset, but Loyalsock did everything they needed to do to get the win," he said.

One of the keys for Loyalsock was Ben Sosa, who had a career-high 27 points with 15 rebounds.

"Ben has improved dramatically the last couple of weeks," Insinger said. "He is starting to come into his own. He came to play tonight."

Towanda's players knew that the size and speed of Loyalsock was something they had to match.

"They had an advantage with their size and speed," Huff said. "We did the best we could. Hopefully we see them again maybe and we can do better next time.

"We did the best we could to keep up with their speed. We held our own."

While Loyalsock's speed caused problems for Towanda's defense, Huff's speed caused problems for Loyalsock.

"Huff's been great since his freshman year and he keeps getting stronger, stronger and stronger," Napp said. "We try and spread the floor and when we did that and got him the ball Huff showed he is as quick as any guard in the state."

Despite the loss Towanda's players were proud to see they could play with anyone in the state.

"We talked about that," Huff said. "We showed we can play with one of the best teams in the state. It definitely helps us to realize we can play with anyone."

While Towanda lost they will now face Southern Columbia in a third-place game with a shot at states on the line.

"These kids knew we were really good," Napp said. "We knew this would be a nice challenge and we knew we could play with them. I think we got some confidence to see we can play with anyone and hopefully we can take that into the consolation game and try and get to states, which was our goal since the beginning of the year."

Along with his 36 points Huff had six boards and four assists and Rodenhizer had his 22 points, with four boards and two blocks.

Garrett Mosier had 10 points and Nick Place had five.

Along with his 27 points and 15 boards, Sosa had five assists for Loyalsock and Omar Little had 19 points, five boards and three assists, while Mike Pastore had 17 points and seven assists.

Kyle Datres had 14 points, five assists and seven boards and Tommy Baggett had eight points, three steals and three boards.

Loyalsock will meet Lewisburg in the final. The two teams are ranked fourth and fifth in the state and have played two close games this year, which the Lancers won both of. MANSFIELD - When the game ended on Tuesday it was the Loyalsock Lancers getting an 85-73 win over Towanda, to earn their third straight trip to the District 4, Class AA final.

However, what nearly everyone who left Decker Gymnasium Tuesday night will be talking about is the performance of junior Noah Huff and the Black Knights.

Huff scored 36 points, 16 in the third quarter, on 11-for-16 shooting and 11-for-11 from the foul line as the Black Knights rallied from 22 down at one point in the first half to close within five in the fourth quarter.

"He was phenomenal," Loyalsock coach Ron Insinger, the state's all-time wins leader who got his 825th career win Tuesday, said. "They both were (Huff and teammate David Rodenhizer who had 22). I can't remember the last time a kid put up 36 against us. And, the thing is, it wasn't really bad defense either. He earned every point he had. He was dead on."

The problem for Towanda in the game was every time Huff and the Black Knights scored, the Lancers had the answer as they shot 56.5% from the floor and 7-for-12 from three.

"We attempt to answer whenever someone puts some hurting on us," Insinger said. "We lost our momentum at the tail end of the first half and had some of the wind taken out of our sails and I think they fed off that momentum in the second half."

All game long Huff knew he was on, but he also knew he had to be on if the Black Knights wanted to hang with the state's fourth-ranked team.

"Right from the beginning I felt it," he said. "I had to feel it. I knew I had to keep making shots."

Towanda coach Ryan Napp was happy with the effort out of his team.

"I've been proud of them the whole year," he said. "We knew Loyalsock was a very good team, but we also knew we were really good too.

"We knew how quick they were going to be, but in the first quarter I think it took us some time to get used to that speed."

Loyalsock jumped out to a 24-11 lead after one quarter and while Towanda fought back, they were never able to fully recover.

Towanda's players were happy they were able to fight back.

"We could have just given up at the beginning, but we didn't," Huff said. "The team stepped up.

Towanda played the type of game they wanted, but Loyalsock also played well.

"When you play against a top ranked team in the state you have got to make shots," Napp said. "The problem was we were hoping we would play the way we did and we would catch them in an off shooting night and we didn't."

The Black Knights coach thought his team did everything they could to win the game, however he also thought Loyalsock did everything they could do right.

"We did everything we needed to get the upset, but Loyalsock did everything they needed to do to get the win," he said.

One of the keys for Loyalsock was Ben Sosa, who had a career-high 27 points with 15 rebounds.

"Ben has improved dramatically the last couple of weeks," Insinger said. "He is starting to come into his own. He came to play tonight."

Towanda's players knew that the size and speed of Loyalsock was something they had to match.

"They had an advantage with their size and speed," Huff said. "We did the best we could. Hopefully we see them again maybe and we can do better next time.

"We did the best we could to keep up with their speed. We held our own."

While Loyalsock's speed caused problems for Towanda's defense, Huff's speed caused problems for Loyalsock.

"Huff's been great since his freshman year and he keeps getting stronger, stronger and stronger," Napp said. "We try and spread the floor and when we did that and got him the ball Huff showed he is as quick as any guard in the state."

Despite the loss Towanda's players were proud to see they could play with anyone in the state.

"We talked about that," Huff said. "We showed we can play with one of the best teams in the state. It definitely helps us to realize we can play with anyone."

While Towanda lost they will now face Southern Columbia in a third-place game with a shot at states on the line.

"These kids knew we were really good," Napp said. "We knew this would be a nice challenge and we knew we could play with them. I think we got some confidence to see we can play with anyone and hopefully we can take that into the consolation game and try and get to states, which was our goal since the beginning of the year."

Along with his 36 points Huff had six boards and four assists and Rodenhizer had his 22 points, with four boards and two blocks.

Garrett Mosier had 10 points and Nick Place had five.

Along with his 27 points and 15 boards, Sosa had five assists for Loyalsock and Omar Little had 19 points, five boards and three assists, while Mike Pastore had 17 points and seven assists.

Kyle Datres had 14 points, five assists and seven boards and Tommy Baggett had eight points, three steals and three boards.

Loyalsock will meet Lewisburg in the final. The two teams are ranked fourth and fifth in the state and have played two close games this year, which the Lancers won both of.