32-point 1st quarter propels Loyalsock in rout
The Loyalsock Lancers, at 8-1, hosted the Central Mountain Wildcats who were coming off their first win of the season before being brought back down to earth after a humbling 76-37 loss Monday evening.
The Lancers, who suffered a tough loss at the hands of Danville two games ago, bounced back with a blowout of Southern Columbia. The Wildcats during their five game losing streak to start the season were improving every game before knocking off Shikellamy to notch one in the win column. Monday night’s matchup against an experienced senior-laden Loyalsock lineup proved to be too much for the Wildcats.
After Loyalsock coach Ron Insinger called a timeout midway through the first, the Lancers erupted en rout to a 32-0 lead to end the first quarter. At the end of the first quarter, Loyalsock was 13 for 14 from the field with the lone miss being a tough contested shot in the paint by Connor Watkins.
Senior Collin Jones was the bright spot for the Wildcats last night, dropping 17 points and rimming out on multiple shots that looked like they should’ve received a friendly roll.
Loyalsock, with four senior starters, went to their bench earlier than usual in the game allowing junior Aiden Gair to play with the next wave of Lancer basketball.
“It helps tremendously. They’ve gotta get used to bringing the ball up against bigger guys. Dane rebounded great and so did Saraj. They played amazing,” Gair said following the win.
“The younger guys have to know he’s gonna be their dude next year. Stuff is going to run through him and being able to get quality minutes with them is very important this season,”
Watkins added about the younger Lancers getting the opportunity to have quality minutes against a varsity lineup.
Loyalsock’s lone eight-point loss to Danville earlier this season was the only comparable game between the two teams as Central Mountain hung around and only lost to Danville by 10. On this night it just worked on all cylinders for the Lancers who came prepared to play regardless of records on paper.
“We came out of our loss with positives, we came out in practice and worked hard in the following days after that. It was a learning process and every team needs to lose sometimes. Just to know how it feels and have that taste to not want to lose. It builds confidence and we’re feeling good right now,” Watkins added reflecting on the Danville loss.
The Lancers and Wildcats are back in action tonight as Loyalsock hosts Central Columbia and Central Mountain travels to Selinsgrove, both at 7:30.
Central Mountain 37
Connor Watkins 4 1-2 9, Gerald Ross 7 0-0 16, Bam Brima 2 0-0 4, Anthony Pastore 5 2-2 14, Aiden Gair 5 9-9 20, Dane Armson 2 0-0 2 4, Idris Ali 0 1-2 1, Saraj Ali 2 0-1 4, Dom Jennings 2 0-0 4.
Central Mountain (37)
John Pentz 0 0-0 0, Collin Jones 6 5-8 17, Ujjval Adroja 0 0-0 0, Aiden Major 2 0-0 5, Logan Fisher 0 0-0 0, Jake Skrtich 2 0-0 5, Tanner Lavelle 0 0-0 0, Connor Soo 3 2-2 8, Zane Probst 0 0-0 0, Evan Baker 1 0-0 2.
Central Mountain 0 15 9 13 — 37
Loyalsock 32 13 21 10 — 76
3-Point Goals: Loyalsock 5 (Ross 2, Pastore 2, Gair 2), Central Mountain 2 (Major 1, Skrtich 1).
Records: Loyalsock 9-1, Central Mountain 1-6.
Next Game: Loyalsock vs Central Columbia (Today, 7:30 pm). Central Mountain at Selinsgrove (Today, 7:30).