Sullivan County boys advance in rout
MANSFIELD – Lucas Hatton grabbed the rebound as coach Glenn Vaughan yelled a few feet away. Vaughan could save his voice, though, because Hatton was already gone.
Seven seconds to cover the court is an eternity for Hatton and he covered the ground with a second to spare, capping a tremendous first half with a layup.
It was one of many impressive plays Hatton and the Griffins made Friday at Decker Gymnasium as they trounced Galeton, 58-19 in the District 4 Class A quarterfinals. The defending champions will play Lourdes next week in the semifinals.
“Lucas’s speed and quickness is unbelievable. At the end of the first half I just said Lucas push it and goes right by all their guys and gets a layup,” Vaughan said. “He’s just so athletic and he can do a lot of good things on both ends of the floor.”
Conner Wylie (12 points, 12 rebounds), Derek Wilkins (13 points, 6 rebounds) and Kelby Mullen (13 points, 5 steals) scored in double figures, but Hatton might have been the game’s most valuable player. The fast and tough defender shut down Galeton leading scorer Dakota Shadle and made five steals.
Hatton was everywhere and never let Shadle feel comfortable. Shadle averages more than 15 points per game but Hatton never let him score against him. With the head of the offense severed, Galeton could not function against Sullivan’s swarming pressure and the Griffins (21-2) built a 41-3 halftime lead.
“Lucas is our defensive stopper,” Wilkins said. “He gets the job done on every team no matter who it is.”
“You want to show what you’re all about and get the early punches in as fast as you can and that’s really what we did,” Hatton said. “We took control of that game fast.”
Sullivan had not played in two weeks but played like a team on a mission, doing everything right throughout the first half. The Griffins hit 18 of 34 shots, displayed a nice inside-outside game, played relentless defense and did not let Galeton score until nine minutes into the game.
The defense was equally impressive, forcing 13 turnovers and making Galeton work hard for every shot it put up. The Tigers’ second field goal did not come until late in the third quarter. Sullivan had built a 47-3 lead by then.
“It’s a lot of different aspects,” Hatton said. “It’s nice to have a couple threats on the floor at the same time.”
Sullivan is semifinal bound for a third straight year and needs one more win to reach states for a third straight year.
Dakota Shadle 2 0-2 5, Bob Williams 2 1-1 5, Dan Hatch 0 0-0 0, Rich McNatt 0 0-0 0, Zack Brown 0 0-0 0, Jake Batterson 1 0-0 3, Tyler Dugan 1 0-0 3, McKinley Ward 1 0-0 3. Totals 7 1-3 19.
Conner Wylie 6 0-2 12, Derek Wilkins 6 1-3 13, Kelby Mullen 6 0-0 13, Zach Meyer 3 0-0 8, Lucas Hatton 2 1-2 5, Sean Flannery 1 0-0 3, Adam Szklanka 0 1-2 1, Miguel Rodriguez 1 0-0 3. Totals 24 3-9 58.
Galeton0 3 3 13 -19
Sullivan17 24 6 11-58
3-pointers: Galeton 3 (Shadle, Ward, Batterson); Sullivan 5 (Meyer 2, Mullen, Flanery, Rodgriguez).
Records: Sullivan 21-2. Galeton 12-11.