Cornelius pushes Tussey by Ridge

NEW PARIS – Chestnut Ridge’s Tyler Wiley nailed a jumper with less than 10 seconds to play to give the Lions a one-point lead.

Seconds later, Parker Cornelius answered with a layup at the buzzer for Tussey Mountain as the Titans knocked off the Lions, 66-65, Saturday night in a Sideling Hill League matchup at Robert W. Fisher Gymnasium.

Five of Tussey’s losses this season have been by seven points or less, three contests were decided by just one point.

“We’ve lost an awful lot of close games, considering we shoot our fouls well,” Tussey Mountain coach Dave Bailey said. “I thought it was a really nice high school basketball game. I feel very fortunate to win.”

The Titans went 12-for-15 from the free-throw line, led by Cornelius’ 6-for-7 effort as he led all scorers with 27 points.

“Parker is a great player,” Chestnut Ridge coach Randy Meck said. “In the past we played gimmick defenses on him, and we knew that there other guards have really developed.

“Parker was hard to guard tonight. He hit open shots, and made shots with guys in his face.”

Ridge led at the half 37-35.

The offenses continued their pace into the third as Tyler Wiley grabbed a three with 4:53 to play in the third, that allowed Chestnut Ridge to take a 51-48 lead at the end of quarter. Tyler led the Lions with 19 points.

Tussey cut that deficit to 3, courtesy of Mike Mitchell’s 3-pointer at the buzzer.

“We played our guts out,” Meck said. “Both teams played very hard. We both can walk out of here with our heads high. There was a play or two that could’ve changed the game both ways.”

Midway through the quarter the Lions grabbed momentum on a Luke Stultz floater with 5:55 to play, but Tussey’s switch to a man-to-man defense was too much.

“I don’t think I give this team enough credit for playing man to man,” Bailey said. “We’ve got to all of this match up zone, I was sure they would score as much against our man as they did the zone.”

Meck felt the Lions were comfortable with the putting the ball in Tyler Wiley’s hands, but not what followed.

“We wanted to get the ball into Tyler’s hands and get out of his way. Parker come down and made a tough shot. I felt good with what we had, just not the results of it.”

The Sideling Hill League matchup brought a former coach-player combination to the floor as Meck played for Bailey at Tussey Mountain. Both coaches saluted the other for their efforts.

“I’d like to congratulate my former player Meck,” Bailey said. “In some ways I thought they played better than I might have expected. We’re an awful good 6-6 team.”

“He’s put a lot of time in over the years,” Meck said. “He’s great for this whole area. Anytime you play a team he’s coaching, it’s going to be a battle.”

TUSSEY MOUNTAIN (66): Mitchell 4 2-2 17, Bithell 3 3-4 9, Cornelius 9 6-7 27, Leonard 5 1-2 11, Black 0 0-0 0, Donelson 0 0-0 0, Sitch 1 0-0 2. Totals: 22 12-15 66.

CHESTNUT RIDGE (65): T. Wiley 6 4-4 19, Stultz 2 2-2 6, Crist 4 2-2 12, Grubb 7 4-10 18, Monko 2 2-2 6, M. Wiley 2 0-0 4, Loar 0 0-0 0. Totals: 23 14-20 65.

SCORE BY QUARTERS

Tussey Mountain21 14 13 18 – 66

Chestnut Ridge21 16 14 14 – 65

3-point field goals: Tussey Mountain 7 (Mitchell 4, Cornelius 3); Chestnut Ridge 5 (T. Wiley 3, Crist 2).

Records: Tussey Mountain (6-6, 4-3 Sideling Hill League); Chestnut Ridge (8-4, 4-3 Sideling Hill League).

JV game: No game.