Tigers beat rival Mountain Lions for a second time

Mirror photo by Patrick Waksmunski Hollidaysburg's Jake McGinnis is stalked by Altoona's Evan Alwine.

By Jim Lane

For the Mirror

HOLLIDAYSBURG — Record-wise, it hasn’t been a great season for either the Altoona or Hollidaysburg boys basketball teams. But, despite the sub-par records, the longtime rivals put on an entertaining game before a big crowd Thursday night at the County Seat gym.

Hollidaysburg was victorious, 61-50, and earned the series sweep, having beaten the Mountain Lions earlier at the AAHS Fieldhouse.

The Golden Tigers improved to 10-11 with the win while Altoona fell to 4-15.

“A great win for us,” said Jake McGinnis, the Golden Tigers’ only senior starter. “It’s a great feeling –you can’t beat the rivalry.”

The Tigers start four sophomores and McGinnis, who scored 14 points. Sophomore Cole Walters led the way with 16 points while classmates Carson Rhodes and Jacob Hileman tallied 10 and nine.

“A good atmosphere,” said Tiger coach Brad Lear. “It took us a couple years to take two (games) from them and tonight was good, especially with our youth and senior leadership.”

Freshman Brady Steiner came off the bench and scored nine on three treys.

Lear praised the senior leadership of McGinnis, referring to him as “a silent leader.”

“He’s also one of the most heady kids I’ve ever coached,” Lear continued. “I can’t say enough about him. He’ll be sorely missed.”

Much like the first meeting, Altoona built a big lead, but couldn’t sustain it. Lucas Muffie’s trey opened the scoring and the Mountain Lions bolted to a 14-3 lead.

That was just the first of several runs by both teams. The Tigers went on top 20-19 early in the second before a 10-0 run reclaimed the lead for the Lions, 29-20. McGinnis then took charge, scoring six straight before Goodman’s last-second tip-in pulled the Tigers to within 29-28 at intermission.

“It took us a little while to figure out their zone,” Lear noted, “but we continued to work on it after halftime.”

The Tigers held the lead most of the second half, although the Lions managed to keep it close until the final minute when the hosts iced the win at the free throw line.

“You usually get several runs in rivalry games and tonight was no different,” Altoona coach Jarrod Klausman said.

“Overall, I think we’re playing better,” he said. “We’ve lost seven games by 11 points or less and I think we’ll be playing our best by the playoffs.”

Ashton Neely led Altoona with 14 points.

There’s not much rest for the Lions, who travel to Central Dauphin East for a Mid-Penn Conference game tonight and then host Williamsport on Saturday afternoon.

ALTOONA (50): Muffie 3 0-0 7, Neely 5 3-4 14, Lear 3 0-0 8, Bardell 4 0-0 9, Alwine 4 1-2 9, Lestochi 1 0-0 3, Geibel 0 0-0 0. Totals — 20 4-6 50.

HOLLIDAYSBURG (61): McGinnis 5 2-3 14, Hileman 4 1-2 9, Rhodes 3 4-4 10, Walters 6 0-0 16, Goodman 1 1-2 3, Holsopple 0 0-0 0, Steiner 3 0-0 9, Wedel 0 0-0 0, Yoder 0 0-0 0. Totals — 22 8-11 61.


Altoona 16 13 8 13 –50

Hollidaysburg 12 16 14 18 — 61

3-point goals: Altoona 6 (Lear 2, Bardelll, Muffie, Neely, Letochi ); Hollidaysburg 9 (Walters 4, Steiner 3, McGinnis 2 ).

Records: Altoona (4-15); Hollidaysburg (9-13).

JV: Altoona won, 38-25.


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