Eagles fend off Buffaloes

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MANDATA - Line Mountain placed five players in double figures, had three players with double-doubles and needed every bit of the production to fend off Newport, 71-67, in a Tri-Valley League game on December 19.

Joe Weiler gave the Eagles the lead for good after Newport rallied in the fourth quarter, making an old-fashioned three-point play with less than two minutes to play, but the Eagles still had anxious moments down the stretch. Cole Rickert dropped in two foul shots with 1:02 remaining to give Line Mountain a 68-63 lead, but Josh Criswell, who had a monster game (21 points, 19 rebounds) for the Buffaloes, scored on a drive with 46.9 seconds left.

Codi Morris missed the front end of a one-and-one but the Eagles got the rebound and Morris found Dillon Michael for a layup and 70-65 lead. Newport's Kyle Kolmansberger answered with a basket, but Weiler made one of two foul shots with 12.3 seconds left. Although Criswell rebounded the ball on the second shot, the ball was stolen from him and the Eagles effectively sealed the win to go 3-3 overall, 1-1 in the league. Newport dropped to 3-3, 1-2.

"It was a solid team effort," said Line Mountain coach Craig Reichard. "We need to do that to be successful, instead of having one or two guys score 25 or 30 points."

Rickert led the scoring with 15 points, and added 11 rebounds and five assists. Bill Breinich, who sat out much of the first half in foul trouble, scored 12 of his 14 points after halftime, and contributed 12 rebounds. Morris had 11 points and 11 rebounds, Michael scored 11 points and Colton Hunsberger scored 12 points coming off the bench, 10 in the first half.

"The guys like to run and are very good at it," Reichard said. "If we make the passes, we can get everyone into the offense."

Newport took a 17-13 lead in the first quarter but Line Mountain, led by Hunsberger, came back to tie the game at the break, then held Newport to nine points in the third quarter for a 47-40 lead. But the Buffaloes bumped up their press in the final quarter, leading to 27 points and their comeback.

Kolmansberger and Jordan Clegg helped Criswell out with 12 points each for Newport.

"They have a solid team," Reichard said. "They came in here 3-2. We gave one away the other night (a double overtime loss to Upper Dauphin on Tuesday). Our goal is to make the (district) playoffs."

Line Mtn. 60

Millersburg 55

MILLERSBURG - Bill Breinich and Cole Rickert scored 14 points each for the Eagles in the Tri-Valley League overtime victory over the Indians.

Codi Morris chipped in with 11 points.

Dawson Schlegel scored a game-high 18 points for Millersburg in the loss.

Minersville 39

Tri-Valley 27

HEGINS - Brandon Firestine scored 11 points and the Miners used a strong third quarter to up-end the Dawgs in a Division II matchup on December 20.

After holding a 20-14 advantage at halftime, Minersville outscored Tri-Valley 15-2 in the third quarter to pull away.

Devin Masser led Tri-Valley with 11 points.

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