Wellsboro rallies past Athens in OT.

By: Brian Fees | Towanda Daily Review | February 4, 2017 | Photo courtesy Brian Fees


Wellsboro rallies past Athens in OTATHENS — Down 16 in the second half, the Green Hornets rallied for the 58-55 victory over Athens in overtime on Friday night.

"We definitely needed it," Wellsboro's Quinn Henry said. "We are in the hunt for the showdown, we are trying to stay the top seed and fight Mansfield for the top spot. We had to fight for this one, but we fought hard."

Down 16 in the third, the Green Hornets started to fight back.

Back-to-back threes by Jacob Singer cut the deficit from 11 to five in the final minute of the third.

"It is huge," Wellsboro coach Todd Outman said. "I said we just have got to get this down under 10 in the fourth quarter and we've got a chance. The kids did what we asked of them. They played with heart and we squeaked it out."

In the fourth quarter Henry hit back-to-back threes to get Wellsboro within two points and a pair of Dalton Prough free throws tied the game for the Green Hornets.

"My teammates found me open," Henry said of the threes. Jake Singer, they were keying on Jake Singer, so I get left wide open when my three point percentage was 10 percent."

Athens got a big three from Daniel Joyce to take a three point lead in the final minute, but an Alden Weiner free throw cut the deficit to one. Wellsboro got the offensive rebound after a miss on the second free throw and after a timeout Henry drove to the basket. The ball was poked away, but Henry recovered and made the layup to tie the game. A last second heave by Athens bounced off the rim as the teams headed to overtime.

"I wasn't sure if it was going to go out of bounds, but I saw where I was and put it up off the glass and luckily it went in," Henry said.

In overtime Collin Pietropola was a force with six points.

"I thought Collin Pietropola came up huge," Outman said.

Wellsboro led by one with 20 seconds left when an Ethan Lane shot hit off the rim and Wellsboro got the rebound. Wellsboro went to the line and made one, but they got the offensive rebound on the miss. Again Wellsboro made one free throw, grabbed the offensive board and ran out the clock.

For Wellsboro there was confidence they could come back.

"We weren't too worried, we knew we could battle back," Henry said. "We just needed to hit a few shots. We were really struggling early, our defense was struggling really bad. We picked it up and hit some clutch shots."

Outman was happy to see the comeback.

"It was huge," he said. "The kids have worked hard and it was kind of dismal to see it possibly slipping away, but they've got heart and they've got fight."

Henry led Wellsboro with 19 and Dalton Prough had 16.

Singer and Pietropola had nine each and& Nic Ingerick and Brandon Lamphier each had two points, while Alden Weiner had a point.

Lamphier had six boards and four assists and Singer had four boards and a block.

Prough had a double-double, adding 12 boards, and Henry had four assists and six rebounds.

Ingerick and Weiner each had four rebounds, Andrew Brelo had two boards, Brandyn Tuttle had three boards and Pietropola had nine boards and two assists.

Lane had 25 for Athens and Gavin Stein had 18.

Kalen Keathley had six for the Wildcats and Joyce had three, Zack Jayne two and Aric Westbrook one point.

Lane had six boards, three steals and an assist and Jayne had five boards and four steals.

Keathley had four steals and Westbrook had three boards.

Athens won the JV game.

Canton 45, NEB 31

The Warriors held the Panthers to a season-low in points as they earned an NTL Division-II boys' basketball win Friday.

Byron Matthews and Ridge Moore had 16 points each to lead Canton while Michael Smithers added six.

Jacob Aumick netted three while Silas Binford and Auguste Gum had two points apiece.

David Ford had 15 points to lead the Panthers while Garret Smith added 10. Tom Rought netted four with Nate Watkins scoring two.

Troy 49, Wyalusing 38

The Trojans outscored the Rams 22-12 in the fourth quarter to pick up the NTL Division-I boys' basketball win Friday.

Clark Jackson led Troy with 18 points, 12 of them in the fourth quarter to spark the run.

Anthony Deitrick had 11 points and 14 boards while Ja Wallace added nine points. Seldon Rogers scored eight, Ben Ward had two while Nate Martin netted one.

Jon Morrison had 16 points to lead the Rams with Calvin Burke scoring seven and Scott Eberlin adding five. Will Martin and Brandon Brown had four points each while Kasar Cameron notched two.

Wyalusing won the JV game 32-22 as four different Rams scored six points. Nick Stein had eight to lead Troy.

Troy hosts Wellsboro on Monday.

Sayre 62, Williamson 55

The Redskins held off a furious fourth quarter rally from the Warriors in their NTL Division-II boys' basketball win Friday.

Sayre led 46-30 after three quarters when Williamson scored 25 points in the fourth. The Redskins hit enough free throws, though, going 9-for-19 in the quarter to win the game.

Marcus Bauman had 23 points and 13 boards to lead Sayre while Ryan Murrelle netted 16.

Nate Sweet scored nine points with seven boards, Jalen Powers had six, Chris Ray netted five and Jordan Rockwell scored three.

Rockwell and Ray both had four assists.

Nevin Stiles had 17 points to lead the Warriors while Andrew Hackett added 13 and Simon Fish scored 12. Sam Fish netted eight and Colin Heilbrun added five.

Cowanesque Valley 44, North Penn-Liberty 40

The Indians outscored NP-Liberty 21-12 in the fourth quarter to pull out the NTL Division-II boys' basketball win Friday.

Caleb Fitzwater led nine CV players who scored with 10 points while Ben Brubaker netted eight.

Seth Heyler and Skyler Vinluan added seven points each while Dan Freeman scored five. Christian Kemp and Kurtis Easton had four points apiece while Matt Freeman and Jack Stone had two points each.

Garrett Bickhart and Brandyn Choplosky had 13 points each to lead the Mountaineers while Drake Schmouder added six.

Devon Harer had four, Tyler Boyer netted two while Tyler Repard and Gunnar Rice had one point each.

North Penn-Mansfield 74, Towanda 40

Brock Burleigh had 28 points, 14 boards and five steals while Shane Kelly added 10 points, 14 boards, six assists and four blocks as the Tigers earned the NTL Division-I boys' basketball win Friday.

Joel Whitteker scored seven while Raiden McLaughlin and Garrett David had six points each. McLaughlin added five boards and three assists.

Konnor Manikowski had four points while Nate Mahonski, Brent Burleigh and Dylan Meyer netted three each. Justin Kling and Derek Herbst both added two points.

Dalton Potter and Luke Tama had 11 points each to lead the Black Knights while Matt Madigan had six and Brayden Manchester netted five. Lars Thomason notched three, Troy Pierce had two and Dylan Hartman added one.

Potter added five boards and three steals while Manchester had six rebounds.

NP-Mansfield won the JV game 44-36 as Meyer had 13 points.

The Tigers host Wyalusing Monday.


Athens 85, NEB 35

Shanell Baglini and Emily Lunger combined for 44 points to lead the Wildcats to the NTL girls' basketball win Friday.

Baglini had 24 points, five boards, eight assists and five steals while Lunger had 20 points and five steals.

Breana Gambrell had a double-double of 14 points and 13 boards to go with three blocks while Ariana Gambrell added 13 points, five boards and four steals.

Kara Chapman had eight points, Emma Adams netted three, Sophie Adams scored two while Kasey Peterson netted one.

Aaliyah Bevacqua had nine points to lead the Panthers while Emilee Allis added six points.

Lindsay Moore, Jaycee Brown, Vickie Rought and Kira Pruyne had four points apiece while Megan Brown netted three and Loren Zook scored one.

Sullivan County 34, Muncy 12

Ashley Faus had 13 points to lead the Griffins in their Mid-Penn League girls' basketball win Friday.

The victory keeps Sullivan's perfect record in league play intact.

Stef Kramer added six points, Sarah Parrish netted five while Alexis Randall and Jess King had four points apiece. Leah Beinlich rounded out the scoring with two points.


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Brian Fees is the sports editor of the Daily & Sunday Review in Towanda, PA.