Athens' upset bid against Jersey Shore comes up short.

By: The Review | Towanda Daily Review | February 20, 2015

 

As late as early last week Athens wasn't sure they would be in the District IV playoffs, needing the school to give them a waiver on their playoff policy.

But on Thursday they gave it everything they had as they nearly upset Jersey Shore in the Class AAA boys' basketball bracket, falling 73-61 after leading 31-27 at the half.

"Our kids played the best they have played all year," said Athens coach Cody White. "They never quit and battled for 32 minutes. I'm very proud of the way our team played tonight. We executed the game plan and gave ourselves a chance to win the ball game. Jersey Shore is a heck of a team and has two great shooters from the outside."

The third seeded Bulldogs have an impressive resume this season, beating Loyalsock, Wellsboro and North Penn-Mansfield during the regular season.

"Most people didn't give us a chance but our kids played right with them until the end," remarked White. "The third quarter was the difference. Brandon (Fauver) picked up his third foul mid way through the third and came out of the game which kind of slowed us down on offense but our guys kept the game in reach."

Jersey Shore rallied in the third, outscoring Athens 20-8 to take a 47-39 lead into the final quarter.

In the fourth Athens came back as they scored a game high 22 points but the Bulldogs kept a lead and hit their free throws at the end, going 18-for-20 in the quarter to secure the win.

Fauver had 23 points to lead sixth seeded Athens, including five threes. He had 13 points in the first half to lead the Athens attack.

Austin Lister added 12 points and eight boards while Joe Moyer had nine points, nine rebounds and six blocks.

Daniel Joyce chipped in with eight points while Tyler Forbes had five. Ethan Lane scored two with Kalen Keathley and Aaron Barry scoring one point each.

Brody Smith led Jersey Shore with 23 points while Eric Huling had 14 and Zach Miller netted 12.

They went 24-for-30 from the charity stripe as a team and had seven threes.