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Wellsboro boys fall on the road to Troy, 60-57

With Troy down two points with under thirty seconds to play, everyone at the Troy Commons Building thought that Ty Barrett would take the last shot for the Trojans. That included the Wellsboro defense. So, when the district’s leading scorer drove right, three Hornets collapsed on him.

That’s exactly what Troy wanted.

Barrett kicked to the corner, and the ball found its way to Ethan Van Noy at the top of the 3-point arc. VanNoy rose up and buried the 3-pointer with 13 seconds remaining, and after a Trojan defensive stop and made foul shots, Troy found themselves with a 60-57 victory and a commanding two-game lead with just 10 days left in the chase for the NTL title.

“They went to a box and one on Ty so that opens basically everything up for everyone else,” VanNoy said after the game. “It’s a feeling I’ve never had before.”

Barrett scored exactly half of Troy’s total points, as the junior star dazzled in his much-anticipated matchup against Wellsboro shutdown defender Darryn Callahan. Callahan played him well, and Barrett didn’t have any trips to the foul line, but his signature shot making was on display. Troy trailed by nine points late in the first half, but a 3 before the break coupled with eight straight tough points to start the second half got Troy back in the game.

“I had those moves open in the first half, but I didn’t want to force it,” Barrett said. “In the second half I know I could get back to those moves.”

Junior Mason Imbt recorded his 500th career rebound in the fourth quarter, and while it was a quiet night on the stat sheet for Imbt, his defensive adjustments limited Wellsboro center Liam Manning to only six points in the second half. That came after he had 12 in the first half.

“We changed how we played defense on Manning in the second half,” Troy Coach Steve Renzi said. “That’s a great team win.”

WELLSBORO (57)

Drew Manning 1 0-0 2; Peyton McClure 3 4-4 12; Conner Adams 3 2-2 9; Isaac Keane 5 0-4 10; Liam Manning 8 2-5 18; Darryn Callahan 3 0-2 6; Cameron Brought 0 0-0 0. Totals 23 8-17 57.

TROY (60)

Mason Imbt 2 1-1 5; Nick Williams 0 0-0 0; Ethan Wandy 3 2-2 10; Jake Deitrick 3 0-0 6; Ty Barrett 13 0-0 30; Morgan Mudigan 0 0-0 0; Devin Sellick 0 0-0 0; Zeb Oldsorb 2 4-4 9; Owen Williams 0 0-0 0; Justice Chimili 0 0-0 0. Totals 24 7-7 60.

Wellsboro 15 13 16 13 — 57

Troy 15 7 19 19 — 60

3-point goals: Wellsboro 3 (McClure 2, Adams 1), Troy 7 (Barrett 4, Wandy 2, Oldsorb 1)

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