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Treese has a Premier night

Mirror photo by Patrick Waksmunski Premier Lawn Care's Cory Storm (right) goes to the net by Beating the Odds' Jerrod Brumbaugh.

It was a case of youthful athleticism over veteran savvy in the Central Blair Recreation Lakemont Park Men’s Summer Basketball League Division 5 championship game Monday night.

Led by Tyler Treese’s game-high 17 points, fifth-seeded Premier Lawn Care — a contingent made up largely of young former Hollidaysburg Area High School athletes — pulled away in the second half to defeat seventh-seeded Beating The Odds, 45-28 in the title game.

Ahead by just 20-15 at halftime, Premier Lawn Care (10-4) ruled the second half, 25-13 to win going away.

“Our players are athletes, they all like to run, and they play really good defense,” said Premier Lawn Care coach Dean Adams, who is also a member of the Hollidaysburg Area High School varsity boys basketball coaching staff. “We told our guys to keep playing hard, because (Beating the Odds) wasn’t going to give up.”

Premier Lawn Care used a 14-point run to expand a 26-18 second-half lead to 22 points, 40-18, on a Treese bucket as time was winding down.

“We were moving the ball pretty well, and getting rebounds,” said Treese, who plays college baseball at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown. “Our big guys were doing really well for us on the boards.”

After a field goal by Sammy Obeid started the run and pushed the Premier Lawn Care lead to 28-18, a breakaway layup by Cory Storm made it 30-18. Obeid’s 3-pointer gave Premier a 33-18 advantage, and a Ben Foose free throw, two free throws by Treese, and field goals by Storm and Treese closed the surge.

“We were just having fun and always staying positive,” Treese said.

Beating the Odds, which finished the season with an 8-6 record, was led by Tom “Turtle” Smith’s eight points.

Smith, the long-time varsity baseball coach at Altoona Area High School, felt that Premier Lawn Care’s defensive effort played a key part in the final outcome.

“They’re young, and they’re athletic, and against a team like that, you’ve got to play a pretty solid game,” Smith said. “We just missed too many shots. We had shots inside, but we couldn’t get them to go.

“They played aggressive man-to-man defense, and they kept us in the twenties,” Smith added.

Adams credited a sense of team unity for playing a big role in the Premier Lawn Care team’s success.

“They all went to school together, and they’ve all played sports together,” Adams said. “They all get along well.”

BEATING THE ODDS (28): Brumbaugh 3 1-4 7, Berwerger 1 1-4 3, Strawmier 1 0-0 2, Smith 3 0-0 8, M. Mignogna 0 0-0 0, Sinisi 1 0-0 2, Corso 2 0-0 4, Luciano 0 0-0 0, Gehret 0 2-2 2. Totals — 11 4-10 28.

PREMIER LAWN CARE (45): Pugh 2 1-3 5, Treese 7 3-5 17, Foose 2 1-2 5, Storm 3 0-1 7, Woodring 2 0-0 4, Wertz 0 0-0 0, Obeid 2 0-0 5, Long 0 2-5 2, Adams 0 0-0 0. Totals — 18 7-16 45.

SCORE BY HALVES

Beating the Odds 15 13 — 28

Premier Lawn Care 20 25 — 45

3-point goals: Beating the Odds 2 (Smith 2); Premier Lawn Care 2 (Obeid, Storm).

Records: Beating the Odds (8-6); Premier Lawn Care (10-4).

Officials: Curtis Miller, Mark Page, Denny Betar.

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