Boys Basketball - Mount Pleasant vs Southmoreland
Southmoreland Boys Outduel Mount Pleasant for 53-45 Section Win
Despite having having over twice the opportunities at the free throw line than Southmoreland, Mount Pleasant couldn't close the gap on their border school rival down the stretch, as they fell to the Scotties 53-45 in a Class 4A Section 3 boys basketball game on February 8 at Mount Pleasant.
Southmoreland led by as much as 6 points late in the first quarter before Mount Pleasant came back to trail 13-11 heading to quarter two.
Mount Pleasant fought back to tie the game at 17-17 and 19-19 late in the second, but a Kelvin Lin 3-pointer in the closing seconds put the Scotties on top 22-19 at halftime.
Four third quarter 3-point shots helped the Scotties to extend their lead to 40-33 going into the final frame. The Vikings scored only two field goals in the third, while going 10-of-16 at the foul line.
Mount Pleasant chipped away at the Southmoreland lead, closing to within two at 46-44 with 2:56 left on the clock. But Southmoreland responded by going on a 5-0 run over the next 2:40 to put it out of reach. Mount Pleasant added a free throw with 15 seconds left and put Southmoreland on the line for two points with 12 seconds to play, making the final score 53-45.
Southmoreland was led by Ty Keffer with 20 points, followed by Isaac Trout with 12 and Ronnie Collins with 10. Keffer was 8-of-9 from the foul line, and the Scotties were 10-of-12 as a team.
Mount Pleasant's Aden Wisnewski led all scorers with 22, and Dante Giallonardo chipped in for 15. The Vikings were 19-of-30 at the charity stripe, with Wisnewski alone getting 21 attempts and making good on 12 of them.
Southmoreland (7-11, 4-7) closes the regular season at home on 2/11 against another border school neighbor, Yough. Mount Pleasant (3-18, 1-10) closes their regular season with a trip to Uniontown on 2/11.
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