Wildcats get 54-46 home win against Tyrone

FROM STAFF REPORTS

MILL HALL- The Central Mountain boys basketball team hopped back into the win column with a 54-46 win over Tyrone at home. The victory increased the Wildcats’ record to 5-13 on the year.

“For the first time all year we were able to put together four quarters of basketball on both ends of the floor,” Central Mountain coach Tyler Bardo said. “We definitely learned from our mistake on [Saturday versus Selinsgrove], and we had a really great practice Sunday on just focusing on those finer points during certain situations. And it definitely paid off.”

The Wildcats out-scored the Golden Eagles in each of the first three quarters to carry a 40-32 lead entering the fourth. Both Central Mountain and Tyrone scored 14 points in the fourth as CM exited the night with a 54-46 win.

Central Mountain’s ability to close the game was the evening’s primary takeaway. The team had previously struggled in fourth quarters, and was out-scored by Selinsgrove 24-11 on Saturday in the fourth to fumble the lead and drop the game, 67-59. But against a 12-6 Tyrone team they remained calm and produced perhaps their best second-half performance of the season.

“We played a complete four quarters of basketball, but in the fourth quarter we faced some of the same challenges we’ve faced in the past

but tonight we met those challenges head on,“ Bardo said. “What I was most impressed with was that our guys took control on the floor. They communicated.

“Zane Probst was being a quarterback. He was letting guys know where cuts were coming and identifying shooters. Stuff like that wins games.

Jake Skrtich had a Wildcat high 14 points. Collin Jones notched another double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds, and Conner Soo added 12.

Bardo was impressed with Skrtich, who recorded a game-high four three pointers.

“I’m so proud of him,” Bardo said of Skrtich. “He’s struggled a little bit this year but he’s handled it well. And tonight was the night where he finally let it rip. He hit one, smiled at me and he knew it was on.

Central Mountain now returns Wednesday in a rivalry-game against Jersey Shore. The matchup also serves as Central Mountain’s senior night.

“As far as senior night there’s obviously a lot of emotion,” Bardo explained. “We’ll pay our gratitude to our five seniors who have really worked their tail off all the way through the program.

“And with Jersey Shore coming in that just makes it all the more fun. You know [Bulldogs] coach Scott Munro is going to those guys ready to come in and play hard. If this matchup is as fun as the first game, the fans are going to get a treat.

CM 54, TYRONE 46

1 2 3 4 F

TY 10 9 13 14-46

CM 11 13 16 14-54

Individual Scoring

Central Mountain: Jake Skrtich 5 0-0 14, Collin Jones 5 3-4 13, Conner Soo 2 7-8 12, Aidan Major 3 0-1 8, Zane Probst 2 2-5 6, Tanner Lavelle 0 1-2 1.

Tyrone: Damon Gripp 11 3-4 27, Blaine Hoover 1 1-2 5, Brandon Lucas 1 1-2 3, Jake Taylor 0 3-3 3, Landen Dehass 1 1-2 3, Cortlynd Rhoades 0 2-3 2, Andrew Ferguson 0 1-2 1.

Three Point Shots

Central Mountain 7 (Skrtich 4, Major 2, Soo 1).

Tyrone 2 (Gripp 2).

Rebounds

Central Mountain 30

Tyrone 35

Turnovers

Central Mountain 16

Tyrone 12

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