Tigers have no problems beating Huskies

HOLLIDAYSBURG – It took a little bit for the Hollidaysburg boys basketball team to find its groove against Mifflin County Tuesday night.

Once it did, it never looked back.

The Golden Tigers, sparked by a 10-2 run in the first quarter, cruised to a 72-53 win over the Huskies at the Hollidaysburg Area High School Gymnasium.

Hollidaysburg’s production included plenty of balance led by junior Ryan Adams, who scored 20 points. The Tigers had three additional players in double figures, including Jesse Ottaway (15), Nick Consiglio (12) and Jake Holsopple (10).

“We got a really good game from Jesse and Ryan Adams,” Hollidaysburg coach Brad Lear said. “Offensively, we’re in a very good place. We’re exactly where we need to be.

“We can still get a little better, getting some more consistency off the bench.”

Hollidaysburg (14-6) did struggle getting production off the bench. All six of its bench points came from senior Zach Simpson.

The Tiger defense kept Mifflin County’s (3-19) offense in check, holding two Husky starters scoreless. Evan Seby led all scorers with 30 points, hitting 12 times from the field.

“(Seby) can play,” Lear said. “He hit some tough shots, and he banked a couple in. He’s a good player.”

Ottaway led the Golden Tiger offense in the second quarter with a slam dunk off a transition play with 1:36 to go, and that allowed Hollidaysburg to take a 39-26 lead at the half.

“They were able to beat us up and down the floor,” Mifflin County coach Dave Sheetz said. “They got some easy shots, and that got them off to the lead in the first half.”

Mifflin County appeared to be getting momentum back when Nate Koller scored on the first possession of the second half, scoring two of his eight points.

The Golden Tigers, however, got a strong third from Ottaway and Adams, who scored seven and five of their points, respectively. Both players – along with Holsopple – went a combined 6-for-8 at the free-throw line in the quarter.

“They got a very good, balanced team,” Sheetz said. “They have guards that can shoot, guards that can handle, and they had some strength on the other guys getting some boards.

“They beat us on the boards, and that’s where the game was won.”

While Hollidaysburg has improved offensively, there is still one thing Lear would like to see his team get better at heading into the postseason.

“We still got to do a better job defensively,” he said. “We were right around 40 points a game. Our defense has gone up about six to eight points per game.”

Game notes: Hollidaysburg outshot Mifflin County from the field, 30-23. The U.S. Army visited as part of the U.S. Hoops Hysteria Promotion. Fans had the chance to shoot half-court shots at halftime. Hollidaysburg will play one more back-to-back beginning with its home finale on Thursday against Central Cambria.

MIFFLIN COUNTY (53): Hunter 0 0-0 0, Koller 4 0-0 8, Rodgers 0 0-0 0, Seby 12 3-4 30, Spencer 4 0-0 8, Wolfkill 1 0-0 2, Walker 0 0-0 0, Reesman 0 0-0 0. Totals – 23 3-4 53.

HOLLIDAYSBURG (72): Sheetz 4 0-0 9, Adams 7 5-6 20, Consiglio 5 0-0 12, Holsopple 4 2-2 10, Ottaway 7 1-2 10, Simpson 3 0-0 6, Snyder 0 0-0 0, Gates 0 0-0 0, Frucella 0 0-0 0, Viduya 0 0-0 0, Finochio 0 0-0 0, Holipsky 0 0-0 0, Gildea 0 0-0 0, Gildea 0 0-0 0, Storm 0 0-0 0. Totals – 30 8-10 72.

SCORE BY QUARTERS

Mifflin County 11 15 10 17 – 53

Hollidaysburg20 19 16 17 – 72

3-point field goals: Mifflin County 4 (Packer, Seby 3); Hollidaysburg 4 (Sheetz, Adams, Consiglio 2).

Records: Mifflin County (3-19); Hollidaysburg (14-6).

Referees: Dave Reimer, Dave Barroner, Jason Moschgat

JV: Hollidaysburg, 60-47. High scorers-Ryan Walker, MC, 17; Austin Finochio, H, 22.