TIOGA JUNCTION - Wellsboro clinched the NTL West boys' basketball title on Monday but it wasn't easy.

Williamson used a big third quarter rally to take a lead, forcing the Hornets to rally in the fourth quarter to pull out a 48-44 win.

Despite the loss, Williamson coach Joe Cevette felt his team played well.

"We gave them a good game," he said. "We played very well, hopefully we can keep it going."

Wellsboro led 27-20 at the half but a 20-8 third quarter in favor of Williamson put them up 40-35 going into the final frame. The Hornets defense held Williamson to four points in the fourth quarter as they pulled out the win.

Joey Doganiero led Wellsboro with 10 points while Kieron Smethers scored nine. Dylan Prough and Mike Pietropola had eight points each, Matt Reese scored seven and Jordan Jackson netted six to round out the Hornet scoring.

Nick Cevette and Hunter Huyette had 13 points each to lead Williamson while Troy Adriance added nine. Canyon black scored seven while Shea Daley chipped in with two to round out the Warrior scoring.

The Hornets won the JV game 41-36 as Josh Bradbury had 18 points for Williamson.

While Wellsboro improves to 19-1 on the year Williamson falls to 10-10, needing one more win for districts.

They will have two chances as they host North Penn Wednesday and travel to Wyalusing on Friday.

Athens 40, Sayre 31

ATHENS - In the battle of crosstown rivals it was the Wildcats using a late push to pick up the NTL East boys' basketball win Monday.

Sayre led 24-19 at the half but only scored seven points the rest of the game as Athens used 21 second half points to secure the victory.

Garrett Clark led the Wildcats with 14 points, eight boards, three assists and two steals while Luke Wright and Brandon Fauver had 10 points each. Wright also had 13 boards and three blocks while Fauver added three assists and two steals.

Curt Moore added four and nine boards while Robert Fauver chipped in with two points.

Adam Wampole led Sayre with 14 points while Seth Murrelle added six points with four steals and four assists.

Marshall Higley netted five while Jeremy Kyc had three with five boards. Nate Williams scored two in his return to action while Nick Skerpon netted one.

Sayre won the JV game 40-32 behind 14 from Joey Galizia. Ryan Segar scored 12 for Athens.

The Wildcats will host Northeast Bradford Wednesday with a 7 p.m. varsity start as there will be no JV.

Towanda 67, North Penn 39

TOWANDA - Joel Miller had a double-double to lead the Knights to an NTL cross-over boys' basketball win Monday.

Miller had 13 points and 10 boards, along with four assists and three blocks, while Noah Huff added 11 points and Dave Rodenhizer scored 10.

Bailey Potter added eight points, Brandon Dinelli scored six while Lij Griffin, Brad Sparbanie, Garrett Mosier and Dan Fetterman had four points each. Noah Wheeler rounded out the scoring with three.

Dayton Wood led North Penn with 15 points while Cody Crum had 11. Brad Brubaker scored six, Dylan Rudinski netted five and Kaynon Arredondo rounded out the scoring with four.

Towanda won the JV game 49-29. Dylan Bates scored 11 to lead the Knights while Terry Clark had 11 for the Panthers.

Mansfield 70, Cowanesque Valley 33

The Tigers broke open a close game to pick up an NTL West boys' basketball win Monday.

Mansfield held a 17-13 lead after the opening quarter but then went on to out score the Indians 53-20 over the rest of the game to get the win.

Taylor Hillson led four Tigers in double figures with 21 points, six boards and seven assists while Reece Correll netted 14. Bo Burleigh had a double-double of 10 points and 10 boards while adding five assists, Dallas Dziuba had 10 points and five boards while Sam Rotella netted seven points, seven boards and six assists.

Bryce Zaparzynski chipped in with five, Ryan Campbell scored two while Chandler Correll added one.

Josh Nudd led the Indians with 12 points while Luke Plummer and Dakota Corwin scored six each. Bryant Painter added four, Brandon Whitesell netted three while Nate Bonham chipped in with two.

Mansfield won the JV game 48-37 behind 19 from Campbell.