CM Downs Shamokin to Finish Off Perfect Week
BY SCOTT BAKER
MILL HALL- The Central Mountain boys basketball team entered last night’s home contest against the Shamokin Indians looking to cap off a solid week by going 3-0. That is exactly what happened as they defeated the Indians by a score of 67-57.
In the first quarter, a combination of Shamokin turnovers and unselfish play by the Wildcats resulted in a 16-10 lead for the home team.
Employing a 1-2-2 full-court press in the second quarter, CM extended its lead to 26-15 with 4:40 to go in the half.
However, over the course of the remainder of the half, both teams struggled with offensive continuity and CM went into half-time up by a 28-19 score.
Junior forward, Collin Jones had 10 of his career-high 27 points in the first half.
After intermission, the Wildcats were hurt by a few turnovers created by the scrappy Shamokin bunch, which allowed the Indians to crawl back to within three points at 37-34 with 1:35 to go in the third quarter. However, three buckets by Jones to close out the quarter gave CM a 43-36 lead heading into the final stanza.
The fourth quarter started with a bang as the Shamokin defense fell asleep on the CM throw,in resulting in an uncontested 3-pointer by Trevor Hanna, pushing the home team lead back to double digits.
The rest of the way both teams played fairly even as the Cats closed out the contest and earned the PHAC Division I win.
In addition to Jones’ 27 points, Senior guard Matthew Storeman added 19 for the Wildcats. Shamokin was hurt in the contest by 24 turnovers and an 8 for19 effort from the charity stripe. Conversely, CM shot 58 percent from the field on the night. That stat was indicative of the Wildcats unselfish play throughout the contest.
After the game, Wildcat head coach, Tyler Bardo commented about his team’s unselfish play by saying “the biggest reason for our success is that nobody is chasing ‘me,’ but rather efficiency.”
Shamokin head coach, Chris Zimmerman, finds himself searching for answers for his young Indian team that starts three sophomores and a freshman. The veteran coach feels that developing consistency for 32 minutes from his youthful and inexperienced team is very challenging at this point in the season.
Last night’s victory was Central Mountain’s second over Shamokin after having defeated them earlier in the year on the road.
Central Mountain, now 7-2 on the season, will travel to Mifflinburg on Tuesday night before returning home for a rematch against Hollidaysburg on Thursday. Hollidaysburg handed CM one of its two losses on the season back in early December.
Shamokin won last night’s JV contest by a 39-30 score.