Sullivan boys back in second round of states
HARRISBURG - After losing four starters that helped them reach the second round of states the past two seasons, the Sullivan County Griffins heard all the critics this year.
They knew people weren't expecting as much from them this year, but they also knew what they were capable of.
Now, Sullivan County is back in the exact same spot it was one year ago, the second round of the PIAA Class A playoffs after a 52-47 win over Mount Calvary.
"The kids had heard a lot all season about how we weren't going to be as good this year," Sullivan County coach Glenn Vaughan said. "One of the things that motivated this group was to prove people wrong. To get back to the same place we were the last two years is something to be proud of and now stay focused on the next game."
Conner Wylie led the Griffins with a double-double, scoring 21 points with 11 boards.
Adam Szklanka had 11 and five boards and four assists and Sean Flannery had nine and four assists.
Jordan Beinlich had eight points and five boards and Bob Polcrack had three points and four assists.
Mount Calvary jumped out to a 12-9 lead after one quarter, but a Szklanka three late in the half allowed Sullivan to take a three-point lead into the break. The lead was stretched to nine, before Mount Calvary fought back.
Along with the strong play from Wylie, the Griffins hit seven threes in the win.
"Mount Calvary was a really nice team, with quick guards," Vaughan said. "They had four guards on the floor that can shoot the ball the whole time. They got in the lane more than we wanted, and got some open threes. They were hard to guard. I thought our kids did a really good job adjusting to things they were trying to do.
"Right from the outset it seemed like they were trying to double team Conner the whole time, when he hit guys on the perimeter that were open they hit threes. Mount Calvary went on a nice run to take a 41-40 lead, but our kids did a nice job responding. It was a nice overall performance by the team."
David Sturgis and Joshua Jeter led Mount Calvary with 15 each.
The Griffins take on Math, Civics and Science, who beat Delco Christian, on Tuesday at a time and place to be determined.