Knights run past Towanda; Wellsboro, Williamson, Sayre, Athens pick up wins
TOWANDA - The Black Knights broke open a close game with a big second half to beat Wyalusing 72-33 in NTL East boys' basketball action Wednesday.
Towanda used a 46-17 second half to pull away from the win.
Dave Rodenhizer led 11 Knights who scored with 18 points and five boards while Joel Miller added 14 points. Noah Huff netted nine with seven assists and three steals.
Also for Towanda, Lij Griffin added seven, Brad Sparbanie and Dan Fetterman scored five each, Noah Wheeler netted four, Bailey Potter and Dylan Bates added three each while Brandon Dinelli and Garrett Mosier had two points apiece. Mosier also had two blocks.
Teron Millard led the Rams with 10 points while Jonah Shotwell added eight. Cody Pickett scored five, Matt Woodruff had three while Jeremy Allyn, Keyshon Gardner and Dylan Bulick netted two each. Jeremiah Curley rounded out the Wyalusing scoring with one point.
Towanda won the JV game 49-31 behind 16 from Nick Innocenzo. Ridge Williams had seven points to lead the Rams.
The Knights travel to Troy on Friday. A win at the Commons Building will give them the NTL East title.
Wellsboro 67, Troy 51
A bad third quarter by the Trojans doomed their upset bid against the District IV, Class AA standings leaders Wellsboro in NTL cross-over boys' basketball action Wednesday.
Troy led 14-12 after the first quarter but the Hornets rallied to take a one point lead at the half, 29-28.
To start the second half Wellsboro scored 20 points in the third while holding the Trojans to six. Troy came back in the fourth, scoring 17 points of their own, but the Hornets added 18 in the quarter to secure the win.
With the win Wellsboro improves to 20-1 and continues to hold tight to the top seed in the Class AA standings. Troy falls to 9-12 and out of playoff contention.
Jordan Jackson led the Hornets with 20 points while Joey Doganiero netted 16. Kieron Smethers added 13 for Wellsboro while Dylan Prough scored seven, Dawson Prough netted six and Mike Pietropola scored five.
Jed Wright scored 18 points and four assists to lead Troy while Evan Polly added 15. Chad Cole had six points and eight boards for the Trojans with Ryan Reeves scoring five, Thomas Swain netting four, Gage Burns scoring two and Brandon Mattocks chipping in with one.
Mattocks left halfway through the game with an injury.
Wellsboro won the JV game.
The Trojans will host Towanda on Friday.
Williamson 52, North Penn 33
Troy Adriance and Hunter Huyett combined for 39 points as the Warriors qualified for districts with their NTL West win Wednesday.
Adriance led all scorers with 21 points while Huyett added 18. Shea Daley netted eight, Dalton Confer and Josh Bradbury had two points each and Canyon Black rounded out the scoring with one.
Dayton Wood and Cody Crum had 13 points each to lead the Panthers. Dylan Rudinski and Andrew Craig had three points each while Brad Brubaker netted one.
North Penn won the JV game 35-31 behind 15 points from Derek Clark. Bradbury led Williamson with 11.
The Warriors will travel to Wyalusing Friday for their season finale.
With the win Williamson improves to 11-10 and has qualified for District IV, Class AA play.
Sayre 59, Canton 53
Nate Williams scored 11 of his 23 points in the fourth quarter as the Redskins held on for the NTL East boys' basketball win Wednesday.
Sayre led 29-22 at the half but a 13-7 third quarter in favor of Canton cut that lead to 36-35 going into the fourth quarter. A 23 point final frame by the Redskins secured the win for them.
After Williams the next highest Sayre scorer was Adam Wampole with 10 while Jeremy Kyc added eight. They both had five boards.
Marshall Higley scored six points, Nick Sweet netted five, Nick Skerpon had four while Seth Murrelle rounded out the scoring with three. Murrelle dished out eight assists while Skerpon picked up four steals.
Eddie Larcom led Canton with 17 points while Emmett Watson added 10. Wes Moore chipped in with nine, Jesse Lattimer had eight, Tim Bassett scored six while Mason Moore netted three.
Sayre won the JV game 49-33 behind 18 points from Joey Galizia.
Sayre wraps up the regular season with a 13-9 record and awaits to see who they'll play in the first round of districts, possibly either Muncy or Lourdes.
Canton falls to 13-8 on the year with their final game of the regular season at Athens on Friday.
Athens 52, Northeast Bradford 22
The Wildcats picked up an NTL East boys' basketball win Wednesday.
Luke Wright led Athens with 15 points and four boards while Dan Moyer added 10 points. Garrett Clark scored eight points, with four boards and four assists, Brandon Fauver scored six points with five boards and Fred Horn added three points.
Jon Canfield, Jarett Priester, Tyler Forbes, Robert Fauver and Curt Moore rounded out the scoring with two points each.
Moore also had six boards and four assists while Robert Fauver added four assists and four steals.
Jordan Goodwin led Northeast with 13 points while Shawn Hakes had four. Elijah Arias netted three while Andy Seeley scored two.
The Wildcats are now 16-5, second in the District IV, Class AAA standings. They will host Canton Friday and it will be Parents Night and Senior Night for the Wildcats.
Cowanesque Valley 60, Liberty 57
A last second shot by the Mountaineers to tie rimmed out and the Indians pulled out an NTL West boys' basketball win Wednesday.
CV led 28-24 at the half but an 18 point third in favor of Liberty knotted the game at 52-all going into the final quarter.
In the fourth the Indians were able to out score them 18-15 for the win.
"It was an excellent game by both teams, highly competitive and a great game to coach and watch," Liberty coach Brian Litzelman said. "CV hit shots and foul shots when they needed to for the win."
Josh Nudd had a season high 31 points to lead the Indians while Brandon Whitesell added 11. Bryant Painter scored seven, Tyler Melko added six, Todd Bonham and Dakota Corwin scored two each while Luke Plumber had one to round out the CV scoring.
Cody Schmouder scored 18 points to lead Liberty while Jacob Spring (12 points) and James Walker (11) were also in double figures.
Cody Fritz added six, Dalton Litzelman and Dillon Ford scored four each while Kenny Kreger had two.
Spring also had a double-double with 10 boards while Fritz nabbed seven rebounds.
Liberty won the JV game 44-32.